Roadsters indisputably offer the supreme sports car feel! If you are greedy for a taste of an open-top race car that allows sound, sun and wind into the cockpit and the song of tires feel music to your ears then you can avail all this and more with the latest 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG. A fresh look and enhanced dynamics are the highlights of Mercedes’ latest update to its long-lived SLK roadster. Its 360hp V8 carries over, providing ample power to its AMG Speedshift 7G-Tronic transmission, which has been tuned to shift even faster than before. Handling is improved by a new ‘direct steering’ system that Mercedes says improves feel and agility. However the mechanics remain largely unchanged while the new look is most obvious from the front of the car. The front fascia is now even more sloped and angular, with larger air dams and foglamps pushed further outboard. Slits in the side of the front apron vent hot air after it has passed through the intercooler. A new rear end and spoiler lip complete the meaner, more aggressive appearance of the new SLK 55 AMG. Other new tweaks include new 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels painted titanium grey shod that are capable of accelerating your car to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds.
Inside, a new AMG-styled instrument cluster goes to 320km/h (198mph), with silver/red needles and AMG lettering. New graphics make rpm and speed even easier to read. If you put the car into “M” mode, the AMG menu displays the current gear and an upshift light. Performance seats and nappa leather upholstery complete Mercedes’ marriage of speed and luxury. If you opt for all this luxury on wheels then you can order the SLK 55 AMG now for about $101,000 (69,049 Euro). But you gotto wait for sitting behind its wheel as the market launch is scheduled for March 2008.