Mercedes SLK 55 AMG Black Series now on sale
The new SLK 55 AMG Black Series is now available for sale starting a price of €92,500 euros.
The SLK 55 AMG Roadster is using motorsport-inspired technology to deliver scintillating performance and enhanced driving dynamics. Output from the 5.5-litre AMG engine is boosted from 360 hp to 400 hp and 45 kg has been shaved off the kerbweight through the use of lightweight components including a new fixed hard top. As a result, the 0 to 62 mph dash drops from 4.9 to 4.5 seconds, while 125 mph is, where permitted, clocked up in just 15.5 seconds – a full two seconds quicker. Top speed is no longer restricted to 155 mph, and the car can reach 173 mph.
The V8’s power output of 400 hp at 5,750 rpm compares with the standard AMG model’s 360 hp, produced at the same engine speed. It develops an even more muscular 520 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm, up from 510 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Key enhancements include a modified air intake, an AMG sports air filter and a newly-developed exhaust system. Power continues to be fed through an AMG Speedshift 7G-TRONIC transmission with a manual drive programme and steering wheel-mounted aluminium shift paddles.
Naturally the chassis has been modified to match the increased performance capability of this special series SLK 55 AMG. Racetrack-optimised, AMG height-adjustable torsion suspension, including adjustable dampers permits even more impressive cornering ability. 19 inch ultra-light AMG forged alloy wheels with 235/35 ZR 19 (front) and 265/30 ZR 19 (rear) Pirelli P Zero Nero tyres replace the 18 inch items of the standard car. Greater body rigidity is provided by a brace across the engine bay, and for those looking for even sportier handling, there’s a limited slip differential available, priced at €3,475.
The SLK 55 AMG Black Series may possess a level of driving dynamics orientated towards track use, but it is also a car eminently suited to everyday driving and provides the safety, durability and quality that come as standard across the Mercedes-Benz range. The Black Series is also offered with three additional AMG packages for even greater exclusivity: an AMG Leather package includes leather seats, dash, centre console, centre armrest, door panels and doorbags, and anti-roll bars for €6,310. An AMG Interior Carbon Fibre package includes carbon fibre instrument cluster covers, steering wheel multi-function button covers, gearshift lever and door sill panels for €£2,630. An AMG Exterior Carbon Fibre package has carbon fibre front grille inserts, external mirror covers and rear boot spoiler trim, for €4,325.