2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG Unveiled with 415-HP

Mercedes-Benz has unwrapped the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG, the fastest SLK ever.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG is powered by Mercedes’ new AMG 5.5L V8 that puts out 415 horsepower and 398 lb-ft. of torque. The V8 is mated to a standard AMG 7-speed automatic transmission with three modes. It reaches 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed at 155 mph. The new V8 is based on the AMG 5.5L biturbo V8 that powers the E63 AMG, CLS63 AMG, S63 AMG and CL63 AMG models, minus the turbochargers. The 5.5L in the SLK gets AMG Cylinder management that allows the engine to shut off cylinders to improve efficiency.

The SLK55 AMG stands apart from the lesser powered SLK models with its darkened headlights and taillights, black detailing on the front fascia and the vent gills in the front fenders. Inside the SLK 55 gets an AMG steering wheel and instrument cluster and the standard Airscarf neck heating system.

Mercedes-Benz has not announced the pricing for the 2012 SLK55 AMG.

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