Continuing its product offensive, Mercedes-Benz India recently launched the much-awaited, stunning and powerful roadster the SLK 55 AMG. The SLK 55 AMG with its distinctively sporty looks, an inspirational sporty architecture combined with the trademark power packed performance of its naturally aspirated V8 AMG engine, promises an adrenaline gushing driving experience with unparalleled luxury and safety levels. The SLK 55 AMG embodies luxury as well as trend setting performance driving experience and underscores the sporty and performance aspects of Brand Mercedes-Benz.
Leadership in technology reflected in sportiness and design –
The SLK 55 boasts of sleek lines and shapely contours demonstrating its supremacy with a bolder look. With symmetrically arranged headlamps and bumpers, the contours of the car invoke the car’s all powerful character. From the side and front, the car is sculpted to rise and glide like a powerful machine, exuding its lively, sporty presence. With authentic sporty trimmings, sweeping lines and stylish seating mechanisms, the interiors of the SLK 55 AMG have been intricately crafted to offer the pinnacle of luxury and comfort.
The exteriors are sure to catch one’s attention with the standard AMG 18 inch 10 spoke alloy wheels painted in matte black whose sporty looks is further accentuated by the attractive silver brake calipers. The Bi-xenon headlamps with Intelligent Light System clubbed with the Adaptive Brake Light flashing and the active bonnet further enhance the exquisiteness of this roadster. The SLK 55 AMG features panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control which is Mercedes-Benz’s statement of leadership in technological advancement, yet again. The third generation of the SLK family offers its driver a never before advantage as this meticulous design marvel transforms the SLK 55 AMG roadster into a coupé at the touch of a button. This glass roof switches to light or dark as required at the press of a button; when light it is virtually transparent, offering an open-air experience even in cold weather. In its dark state the roof provides welcome shade and prevents the interior from heating up when the sun’s rays are very intense. In other words: a feel-good atmosphere at the touch of a button. The illuminated AMG door sills add to the luxurious feel.
Ingenious material mix and high levels of safety –
Designers and engineers have integrated new age technology with stylish designs in the SLK 55 AMG. Safety is an important benchmark for every Mercedes vehicle. The SLK 55 AMG has achieved the much coveted 5 stars in the Euro NCAP Crash Rating making it the epitome of safety. SLK 55 AMG makes use of a host of latest assistance systems supporting the driver; these include the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST which predicts the level of driver attentiveness to provide an early warning of driver fatigue. The parking guidance system PARKTRONIC aids in representing the recommended parking manoeuver. Other standard safety features in the SLK 55 AMG include PRE SAFE and ADAPTIVE BRAKE with ABS and ASR.
The signature style quotient continues with AMG carbon fibre trim and designo leather upholstery. The SLK 55 AMG roadster features COMMAND ONLINE six DVD changer and Harmon Kardon surround sound music system clubbed with ambient lighting in the cockpit along with the AMG performance steering wheel giving the roadster a serious sporty edge. The car also comes with a memory package including 4-way lumbar support and a seat belt in black.
The AMG touch –
The SLK 55 AMG features the AMG Handling package which comprises AMG rear axle differential lock, AMG High Performance Braking System, AMG Performance steering wheel with nappa leather/Alcantara® inserts in the grip areas. The SLK 55 AMG also features front and rear aprons, side skirting, mesh grille, ventilated and perforated disc brakes, AMG Sports Suspension, designo leather upholstery, 18-inch AMG alloy wheels and the AMG sports exhaust. To improve handling and responsiveness, the regular brakes and steering are upgraded to AMG High Performance Braking System and AMG Performance Steering Wheel, AMG rear axle differential locks and AMG Direct-Steer system.
Engine and Transmission –
The SLK 55 AMG is powered by a top-of-line V8 engine that produces an adrenaline pumping 421 [email protected] with 540 Nm of [email protected] rpm and is mated to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission. The sizzling roadster sprints 0-100 km in 4.6 seconds and hits a top speed of 250 km/hr promising its occupants a ride to remember. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G TRONIC transmission offers 3 drive modes—Controlled Efficiency, Sports and Manual. The turntable draught stop AIRGUIDE ensures a comfortable ride during open-top motoring and is a unique feature in the roadster segment; it effectively protects the driver and passenger from draughts. The eco start/stop function in the SLK 55 AMG reduces fuel consumption and emission by switching off the engine automatically when the car comes to a stop. Besides this the SLK 55 AMG also features pedestrian safety features like Active Bonnet.
The SLK 55 AMG is priced at Rs 1.26 crores. The 2014 edition of SLK 350 is priced at Rs 71.9 lakhs, while the CLS 350 is priced at Rs. 99.90 lakhs. (all prices mentioned are of ex-showroom Delhi)