The German brand has officially confirmed plans to release a special edition of its 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG sports coupe.
According to the German company, the new 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Black Series will lack some comfort and, err, ‘excessive’ as they put it, safety features, but will be almost a hundred pounds lighter and will feature a more powerful engine under its bulging hood.
Mercedes-Benz reports that the special edition SLK 55 AMG will come with a more powerful 5.5-liter V8 petrol engine, which is able to produce some 400 horsepower and 520Nm of torque.
The engine is mated with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC transmission with manual drive program. As usual, the gearbox can also be controlled via AMG aluminum shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Weighing just 1495 kilograms, which is 45kg lighter than the original version, the new SLK 55 AMG will be able to jump from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and will reach 200 km/h mark in 15.5 seconds.
That is respectively 0.4 and 2 seconds faster than the more civilized version of the sports car is capable to accelerate.
Well, this is still light years away from a performance of a real supercar, but this version of the hardtop sports vehicle is also a couple of times less expensive.
To make the car lighter, AMG decided to get rid of side airbags and the Vario automatic roof system, which is substituted with a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CRP) removable top.
The special series SLK 55 AMG has ultra-light AMG forged light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tires in sizes 235/35 ZR 19 (front) and 265/30 ZR 19 (rear) — as an alternative, optional special sports tires are available without extra charge.
The Special Edition SLK 55 AMG Black Series is expected to be available this July at about 107,000 euros (including 16% VAT).
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