A tuned version of the Mercedes SLK 55 AMG was used as the Formula One safety car during the 2004 and 2005 season. The SLK55 AMG was also the first Mercedes tuned by AMG’s Performance Studio to a Black Series model. Despite a manufacturer quoted time of 4.9 seconds to 60mph, independent testers achieved a much lower acceleration time of just 4.3 seconds. Putting a large capacity, hand-built, continued production of the model, even after the 63 AMG engine was installed in other AMG cars.
Many owners report that the 55 AMG is a great long distance tourer and it’s easy to see why when you have 8-way adjustable heated seats, dual climate control, automated wipers and cruise control. The time it takes to transform the SLK from a compact coupe into a roofless sportscar is twenty-two seconds, this feature alone attracts many buyers into long term SLK 55 AMG ownership.
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