Mercedes SLK gets AMG version

Mercedes has revealed the most powerful version of its baby SLK roadster – an insanely fast version of the two-seater convertible that bears the AMG badge of the company's performance arm.

Unlike its more genteel range-mates, this 416bhp version gets to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds – almost half a second quicker than the last rapid SLK.
Mercedes promises that it will sound as impressive as it performs, as well, with a sports exhaust that features a pair of flaps, one on either side.

These open up progressively wider as the revs rise above 2,000rpm, no doubt giving a progressively sillier and more grin-inducing soundtrack as they go.

If this sounds all a bit uncouth though, they remain closed at lower speeds, allowing sedate pottering around town.

As well as the boosts in power and speed, Mercedes has given the SLK the usual visual enhancements that set the AMG range apart from normal counterparts.

It gets large air inlets up front, bespoke LED daytime running lights, lightweight AMG alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and that noisy exhaust gets a pair of chrome pipes to finish it off.

Although the standard SLK AMG comes with Sports suspension, an AMG package is available to further stiffen up the springs and dampers, and add a rear differential lock, front composite brakes, and an AMG performance steering wheel.

As well as the performance-focused intentions of the SLK, the car comes with start stop as standard and a cylinder management system that helps reduce fuel consumption by 30 percent over the old car – down to 33.6mpg. This in turn keeps CO2 emissions down to 195g/km.

UK prices are yet to be finalised and the SLK AMG goes on sale over here at the start of next year. It will make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.
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