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By Ben Whitworth
14 August 2008 09:32
We like the Mercedes SLK. Since the original was launched back in 1997 its unique combination of premium image, four-season versatility from its folding metal roof and sheer feel-good factor has elevated it to an unassailable position above its BMW, Porsche and Audi rivals. And if the first generation model felt a little soft and lacked real athleticism, the second iteration came across as a far leaner and more agile drive, particularly the 55 AMG hotshoe.
Say what you will about the SLK’s recent facelift, which marks the halfway point in the life of the second generation, but there’s no getting away from the 55 AMG’s menacing presence – our glossy black test car looked both intimidating and understated. The intelligently configured and bank-vault solid cabin is still a lesson in ergonomic clarity. And then there’s that massive 5439cc V8 stuffed into the nose…
Because the 55 was such a hit with buyers in Europe and America, Mercedes decided not to drop the new 6.2-litre V8 into the SLK. Customers like the 5.4-litre – and after just a few miles in the 55, you’ll understand why. It initially doesn't feel that quick - flick the seven-speed automatic transmission into drive, and the SLK wafts along, V8 just ticking over with a lovely liquid burble. Gearshifts are all but imperceptible and with all that torque to draw on, you can make quick and smooth progress without ever going above 3000rpm. And seventh gear is so long legged that 85mph equates to just 2500rpm on the rev counter. But it only takes a quick stab of the throttle to unleash the hand-assembled engine’s massive power.
Click 'Next' below to read more of our Mercedes SLK55 AMG first drive
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RE: Mercedes SLK55 AMG (2008) CAR review
Never been so fond of speed cars, but this is the heavenly image of aero-dynamics. As from what I`ve of it, the SLK acts with so much resilience against high usage and always does it on its maximum raised potential. The fact is, when it comes to ordering Mercedes Parts Online, it might a bit pricy. But it`s all so worthy, my friends.
11 February 2011 18:40
RE: Mercedes SLK55 AMG CAR review
We purchased a Mercedes SLK last October , 2007. We have encountered severe rattles which they fixed with tape. Mercedes have had the car for repairs numerous times but the rattle continues and According to the General Manager of Mercedes Benz Lincoln, Andy Worsley, all SLKs and Mercedes convertibles have rattles and creaks especially those with sports suspension and the 18 inch wheels. Mercedes promised to assist in a change but it never materialises and at a cost of over £16,000...so I recommend do not buy
26 August 2008 15:18
...and I won't even comment on how ugly it is on the outside - I would take my avatar instead anytime!
23 August 2008 00:47
Driven an SLK (this generation, but not AMG) for a day on a german autobahn and some B-roads. What a boring and pointless experience. Low-quality interior with korean styling, car overall too heavy, slow reactions, and the weirdest thing is that at 150 km/h I could not hear what the person next to me was saying, so strong was the wind noise. Unbelievable. Would exchange it anytime for any 3-series.
23 August 2008 00:45
Dull witted tart up. Check. Big engine producing not much power. Check. Slush box. Check. Tacky looking interiour. Check. Must be a Chev. No its a Merc.
22 August 2008 20:13
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