An advanced 5.5-liter V-8 outputs a thunderous 415 hp and 398-lb-ft torque. While it bears the signature of the single technician who lovingly assembled it by hand, it's a high-tech powerhouse. High-pressure Direct Injection and rapid-multispark ignition respond with millisecond speed. AMG Cylinder Management seamlessly deactivates four cylinders in low-load conditions, boosting efficiency. Within 30 milliseconds of the driver making an acceleration demand, they imperceptibly fire back to life.
The 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT® transmission features exclusive AMG calibration and three driving modes: Controlled Efficiency features a fuel-saving ECO Start/Stop function. Sport mode raises the shift points and reduces shift times by 30%, while Manual mode offers 100-millisecond upshifts, with rev-matched gear changes in both modes. The different modes also reprofile the throttle response, and the driver can defeat the Start/Stop feature in the Controlled Efficiency mode.
A fuel-saving ECO Start/Stop system automatically shuts off the engine at stoplights and other idle situations. As soon as the driver lifts off the brake, the engine instantly restarts, for immediate acceleration response. The ECO Start/Stop system can also be shut off by the driver at any time.
Direct-steer combines a steering-angle-dependent variable ratio with speed-based variable power assist, for an ideal balance of crisp feedback, reassuring stability and smoother low-speed maneuvering.
The 4-wheel multilink AMG Sport Suspension is precisely calibrated and extensively enhanced to sharpen its track reflexes while maintaining its composed comfort. Stiffer tuning of the springs, shock absorbers, bearings and stabilizer bars team up with increased negative camber at the rear axle, for quicker, flatter cornering.
A true dual system, the AMG sport exhaust incorporates logic-controlled flaps in each of its rear mufflers that emit a more subdued tone at gentler revs while unleashing a throaty V-8 rumble during revs, gear changes and full-throttle acceleration. An advanced tandem catalyst uses two different precious-metal components and air-gap insulated manifolds, to help reduce emissions with both greater urgency upon startup and for lasting benefits down the road.
Standard Torque Vectoring Brake technology provides additional control and precision in turns via targeted rear-wheel braking. If the vehicle's Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) detects understeer while cornering, the system applies the brake to the inside rear wheel, temporarily shifting torque distribution in favor of the outside wheel. This causes the vehicle to gently pivot in compensation, putting it on a line of travel, or vector, better suited to the turn.
Multistage ESP offers a mode for every driving situation: On, Sport and Off. With ESP On, detected instability results in braking intervention at one or more wheels, plus a reduction in engine torque, to help rotate the car back onto the driver's intended course. Sport mode allows for higher drift angles in performance driving, raising the brake-intervention and torque-reduction thresholds. ESP Off removes intervention altogether, making the results a direct expression of the driver's skill. Disclaimer
Staggered-width 18-inch alloy wheels and high-performance tires are wider at the rear for greater launch grip, and narrower up front for crisper steering feedback. Disclaimer
Classic roadster proportions team with AMG enhancements for a powerful presence. Dark-tinted headlamps smolder above the deep front apron with functional air intakes and a black lower cross-strut. Side fender vents affirm the DNA shared with the exotic SLS AMG and iconic 300SL Gullwing. Chiseled side sills lead to the sculpted rear valance, whose finned center diffuser is flanked by twin AMG tailpipes. Above, a subtle spoiler gives a departing salute to the passing air, and passed cars.
Race-proven 18-inch AMG alloy wheels feature five tapered spokes each feature a geometric pocket surrounding the lugs, for an aggressive look even standing still. Staggered in width, the rear wheels and high-performance tires are wider than the fronts, for greater acceleration grip without sacrificing crisp steering feedback. Disclaimer
Crisp, modern aluminum trim on the console and doors adds to the modern style and performance feel of the AMG SLK55.
Quite literally a highlight of the AMG SLK55 cockpit is nighttime outlining of the console and doors with Solar Red direct ambient lighting.
Along with an eye-catching AMG-exclusive design, the bright white LED Daytime Running Lamps help increase the visibility of your vehicle to oncoming traffic by illuminating front lights whenever the car is switched on. With long life and low energy consumption, the light-emitting diode (LED) lamps also add a distinctive high-tech styling touch.
With its pronounced contouring, thick padding and Nappa leather-wrapped rim, the AMG sport steering wheel puts the delights of precise handling literally in the driver's hands. Dual aluminum AMG shift paddles and multifunction controls offer a constant sense of command. Raised thumbrests at the ideal "10 and 2 o'clock" positions, along with flattened top and bottom sections, offer rewarding tactile feedback.
Transform your SLK from closed coupe to open roadster in under 20 seconds. With a single button on the console, the hardtop folds into the trunk. The rear window pivots as the top lowers to help preserve cargo space with the top stowed.
The Panorama roof opens up a whole new look, inside and out. Occupants enjoy an expansive view of the sky through a panel of heat-reflecting polycarbonate. The entire roof disappears in to the trunk with a single button.
An exclusively racy addition to the instrumentation, a central analog clock is poised top and center in the dash. Modeled after the classic IWC Ingenieur sports watch, it's also a tribute the vehicle's thoroughbred racing heritage.
Brushed aluminum pedals with rubber studs offer confident footwork with high-performance style.
Controlled via the multifunction steering wheel, this sharp color display in the instrument cluster lets you scroll through various screens of information and programmable vehicle settings, including a trip computer, audio system status, and more.
The first system of its kind, ATTENTION ASSIST® continuously monitors up to 70 different parameters of driving behavior, and can automatically alert the driver with both visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. Disclaimer
A suite of standard air bags offers advanced protection. Driver and passenger knee air bags supplement the dual-stage front air bags. Dual torso-level side-impact air bags are complemented by head-level air bags designed to offer protection even with the hardtop and side windows lowered. Disclaimer
Bi-Xenon headlamps help deliver greater visibility than halogen headlamps because their brighter, whiter light is much closer to natural daylight. Active Curve Illumination helps you see better into corners at night, swiveling the headlamps as you steer to increase usable illumination by up to 90% over conventional fixed headlamps.
Engineered to maximize road illumination without creating glare for other drivers. Adaptive Highbeam Assist (included with the optional Bi-Xenon headlamps) uses continuous input from a camera to automatically vary the range of your high-beam headlamps, based on the distance to oncoming vehicles and to those ahead of you.
In the case of a rear impact exceeding a preset threshold, NECK-PRO active head restraints move forward and slightly upward, reducing the distance between the head restraints and the heads of occupants. This action helps to reduce the possibility or severity of whiplash-type neck injuries.
This safety breakthrough first introduced by Mercedes-Benz continually monitors your driving inputs and the vehicle's motion to help keep it going in your intended direction, especially in corners and during evasive maneuvers. If it detects wheelspin, severe understeer (plowing), or oversteer (fishtailing), ESP can brake individual wheels and reduce engine power to help bring the vehicle under control. Disclaimer
The Antilock Braking System (ABS) senses impending wheel lockup under heavy braking, and pumps the front brakes individually or the rear brakes together up to 30 times per second. By preventing wheel lockup, ABS helps preserve the driver's steering ability during hard braking. Disclaimer
BAS® senses emergency braking via the speed at which the driver presses the brake pedal, and immediately applies maximum available power boost. By eliminating the delay caused by a common human tendency not to brake hard enough, soon enough, Brake Assist can potentially reduce the overall stopping distance. Letting up on the brake pedal releases BAS. Disclaimer
Adaptive braking technology integrates a suite of advances. If you lift off the accelerator quickly, Predictive Brake Priming sets the pads closer to the discs for more immediate response when you apply the brakes. In the rain, Automatic Brake Drying periodically applies the brakes just enough to sweep water build-up from the discs. During uphill starts, Hill-Start Assist helps prevent unwanted rollback. And a brake HOLD feature can make long red lights or stopped traffic a little easier. Disclaimer
The convenient electronic parking brake can be set or disengaged at the touch of a button. It also automatically releases when you shift into gear and step on the accelerator. This feature also increases usable console space by eliminating the need for a conventional brake handle.
LED taillamps offer a stylish three-dimensional effect, along with longer bulb life and lower energy consumption. LED brake lamps and turn signals are included.
Rain-sensing windshield wipers automatically adjust intermittent wiper frequency based on the amount of rainfall.
Equipped with Emergency Tensioning Devices (ETDs) and belt force limiters, 3-point seat belts are arguably our most important passive safety feature. If a collision exceeds a preset threshold, the ETDs instantly remove slack from the seat belts. Belt force limiters allow a slight amount of give in the seat belts, to reduce the peak seat-belt forces on the occupant.
Designed from the road to the sky as a convertible, the SLK offers high levels of strength, rigidity and impact management without excessive weight. Advanced materials are widely used throughout the body, including high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel for critical reinforcements, magnesium for the hardtop frame, and aluminum for the front fenders and the hood.
A pair of tubular roll bars, made of fiber-reinforced micro-alloy high-strength steel, are affixed to the car's rigid rear bulkhead. The windshield frame is also fortified with high-strength steel in its pillars. Disclaimer
From your car, your computer or your compatible smartphone, mbrace® offers the industry's most comprehensive range of features for more connected, safe and productive drive time. From making your everyday life easier to helping in an emergency, mbrace combines advanced Cloud-based and GPS technology with 24-hour support from helpful experts. For 2016, five years of mbrace® Connect features and services are included. Disclaimer
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can automatically detect a substantial loss of tire pressure in any wheel and alert the driver via a warning message in the multifunction display. The advanced TPMS can also display the numeric tire pressure for each mounted wheel.
The SmartKey remote control integrates remote door locks and trunk opener, a removable valet key, and a remote panic alarm. You may selectively unlock only the driver's door and fuel filler, or both doors plus the trunk and fuel filler. You can close all open windows from outside the vehicle, simply by holding down the "lock" button on the SmartKey remote while aiming it at the infrared sensor in the driver's door handle.
The convenience of infrared-remote roof operation lets you raise and lower the hardtop using the SLK's standard SmartKey, from outside the car. It's perfect for cooling off a hot cabin or closing the roof after parking.
The standard antitheft alarm system is armed automatically when you lock your Mercedes from the outside. It sounds the horn and flashes the exterior lights if a door, the trunk or the hood is opened without first unlocking the vehicle. You can also sound the alarm by pressing the red "panic" button on your SmartKey remote when you're within range of your vehicle.
The exterior lights can be programmed to turn on for a preset interval when you remote-lock your vehicle in darkness, to help light a path for you as you leave.
Program your Mercedes-Benz to illuminate its exterior lights when you unlock it in darkness, to help illuminate a path to your vehicle.
Extend your top-down driving enjoyment further into a cool evening or later into the season with the optional AIRSCARF® neck-level heating system. Vents beneath each head restraint deliver warmed airflow to your neck, head and shoulders, like a virtual scarf. With individual 3-stage temperature controls and airflow automatically adjusted to your driving speed, AIRSCARF means you don't have to put the top up just because the sun, or thermometer, has gone down.
Electrically heated seats quickly take the chill out of even the coldest day. Three levels of warming automatically step down after several minutes to the lowest setting.
A leap in ease and efficiency pioneered by Mercedes-Benz, KEYLESS-GO® lets you unlock, start and drive away without removing the SmartKey from your pocket or purse. You can lock and unlock the doors with a touch of the exterior handles, and start the engine by stepping on the brake pedal and pushing the Start/Stop button on the dashboard. You can also start the vehicle in the conventional way by removing the Start/Stop button and inserting the SmartKey into the ignition.
Lower or raise the top with the SmartKey remote from outside the car.
Located on the console where the driver's right hand naturally falls, this large control dial puts multiple functions at your fingertips, providing easy, convenient operation of the car's audio, communication and optional navigation systems.
The rich luxury of supple AMG Nappa leather upholstery offers refinement as pure as the car's performance. It's fitted by hand to the sculpted sport seats, and accented with contrasting double top-stitching. Color choices include Black with Grey stitching, or Sahara Beige, Bengal Red and a new two-tone Brown, all with Black trim and contrasting stitching. An innovative treatment makes the leather sun-reflecting, to help keep the seat surfaces cooler while further enhancing its durability.
Contoured sport seats power-adjust for reach, front and rear cushion height, and recline. For long-term comfort and lower-back support, each seat offers a lumbar support that precisely adjusts in/out in and up/down. A memory system for the driver seat recalls three stored positions for the seat plus the power steering column and side mirrors.
To help you find your ideal driving position, the steering column power-adjusts up/down and in/out at the touch of a button. The settings can also be stored in the 3-position driver-seat memory.
The SLK-Class features a standard dust and pollen filter that helps keep particles as small as 0.0002 inch from entering the cabin. In addition to full manual control of settings, the climate system offers convenient one-touch buttons for maximum cabin cooling and maximum windshield defogging.
Side mirrors can be programmed to fold in automatically when you remote-lock the vehicle, helping save space in tight parking areas. The mirrors are also automatically heated to help disperse mist and fog from their lenses, and the driver-side mirror automatically dims in response to headlamps behind you.
As sensors on the inside mirror detect the headlights of vehicles behind you, both the inside and driver-side mirrors gradually darken to reduce reflected glare. To help maintain your rear vision, dimming is automatically cancelled when you shift to Reverse or if an interior light is switched on.
A digital display in the inside rearview mirror indicates your direction of travel toward any of the eight main compass points. When equipped with the optional Multimedia Package, the compass reading is integrated in the system's in-dash LCD screen.
A cleverly simple ratcheting strap alongside the center console lets you easily stow your water or soda bottle within reach near the passenger's footwell.
Both power front windows feature a convenient one-touch express open and close feature. For instant refreshment with the hardtop up, all four side windows can be lowered at once via a single button near the power top switch.
Easily maintain a set speed with a tap of a stalk on the steering column. A single, intuitive control lets you tap up or down to increase or reduce your cruising speed in 1-mph or 5-mph increments.
Three buttons on the rearview mirror can be programmed to operate many types of garage door openers, security gates and other HomeLink-compatible features. Disclaimer
A reversible panel in the trunk can be used two ways: as a flat, smooth floor, or turned over to provide a convenient tray. Elastic straps on the tray side let you store the standard detachable windscreen, even with the tray facing down.
Whether you're stuck in traffic or stopped on a hill, the HOLD feature lets you keep the brakes applied without your foot on the brake pedal. After bringing the vehicle to a stop, an additional press of the brake pedal activates the feature and illuminates a "HOLD" icon in the instrument cluster, letting you know you can relax your foot. The brake lamps stay illuminated while the car remains braked. When you're ready to move, just press the accelerator to release the feature and go. Disclaimer
Featuring a crisp 5.8-inch color display and a central controller on the console, the SLK gives you convenient control of audio, video, hands-free calling and optional navigation functions. Many features can also be accessed via the integrated steering-wheel controls.
Specifically engineered for the SLK-Class, this premium digital sound system fills the cabin with 500 watts of beautifully balanced audio. No fewer than 11 strategically placed speakers deliver an immersive listening experience. Digital Dynamic Volume Control impeccably and imperceptibly maintains the sound spectrum for consistent listening pleasure in varying driving conditions. Disclaimer
SiriusXM Radio offers 130+ channels of premium digital entertainment, from news, talk and sports to commercial-free music from every genre. Enjoy live broadcasts of the biggest NFL®, NCAA®, NHL® and NBA® teams, plus 150+ college sports teams. Six months of service are included. Disclaimer
The Media Interface turns your car into an extension of your iPod or other compatible digital music player. Browse, select and play your music via the vehicle's standard audio controls on the console, dash and steering wheel. Disclaimer
Delivering remarkably crisp, clear audio quality for both AM and FM radio, HD Radio™ technology can increase the number of stations available to you with no subscription or fee. Disclaimer
Place and answer calls, and even access select phonebooks without taking your hands off the steering wheel with standard Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free calling. Pairing your Bluetooth-compatible phone with the vehicle is simpler than ever. Then, just leave your phone in your pocket and enjoy hands-free conversations over the audio system.
Visit http://www.mercedes-benz-mobile.com/us/en/ to learn more about Bluetooth connectivity. Disclaimer
Bluetooth audio streaming makes it even easier to enjoy your digital music player. It allows you to connect your Bluetooth-equipped iPod® or other MP3 player wirelessly to your vehicle's audio system for convenient, cable-free playback. Disclaimer
A crisp, clear 5.8-inch color screen shows audio system information at a glance, and adjusts automatically to ambient light for clear reading with the top down or at night.
A USB connector allows plug-and-play enjoyment from your iPod® or other USB-compatible digital music player.
Factory-prepare your SLK for this advanced accessory navigation system that fully integrates with the standard 5.8-inch in-dash screen and central controller.