While the entire SLK-Class performs like a proper German roadster should, the 55 AMG is designed to engage drivers who take their performance very seriously. The 5.5-liter V8 produces 415 horsepower (more than double the output of the base SLK engine) and 398 pound-feet of torque. Power flows through a specially tuned seven-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 60 mph comes in just 4.5 seconds, and yet the V8 somehow manages to return 22 mpg in combined driving. The 18-inch AMG-spec wheels are available in three different designs. A tauter suspension, a sport exhaust system and upgraded brakes complete the mechanical setup.
Every 55 AMG carries a power hardtop with remote operation and an integrated panoramic sunroof, sun-reflective Nappa leather sport seats, an 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth phone and audio, and the AirScarf neck-warming system. Aluminum interior trim comes standard, and you can opt for wood or carbon fiber.
The new Carbon Styling package adds a gloss black finish to the top, spoiler, mirrors and air dam openings. Inside are specially trimmed blacks seats, neon green piping, and carbon fiber trim on the console and door handles. The Multimedia package gets you a six-DVD/CD changer, 10GB of audio storage, an SD card reader, and navigation with real-time traffic and weather. For enhanced performance, the AMG Handling package tacks on an even more aggressive suspension system, a limited-slip differential, a higher top-speed limiter and a sports steering wheel.
Individual options include front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and wind deflectors. The most interesting add-on is Magic Sky Control, an electronic system that allows you to adjust the tint on the glass roof.
Since the glass roof doesn't come with a manual sunshade, Magic Sky Control is rather essential -- not to mention very impressive to see in action. If you intend to take your 55 AMG to the track and simply want the best-performing SLK possible, the AMG Handling package is something you shouldn't pass up.
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