Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

OMG, AMG Is a Head Turner

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

OMG, AMG Is a Head Turner

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Byline: Grant Edwards

VITAL STATISTICS

Model: Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG.

Details: Two-door rear-wheel drive convertible compact roadster.

Engine: 5.5-litre V8 generating maximum power of 310kW at 68000rpm and peak torque of 540Nm @ 4500rpm.

Consumption: 8.5

Bottom line: $155,000, as tested with panoramic sunroof ($1750).

ALL those modern-day folk sprouting aOMGa have obviously never sampled the best metal wearing a three-pointed star.

Those lucky enough to get behind the wheel of one of these beasts would recount aAMGa when faced with jaw-dropping situations.

These cars are the best of Benz. Named after two engineers, Aufrecht and Melcher, as well as a German town called Grossaspach, AMG has become synonymous with performance.

One engineer and one car. That's the philosophy from AMG where the same individual builds the lot. And my gratitude goes to Raphael Bohmler. He was the engineer who pieced together our SLK55 AMG test car.

It's something special.

This latest version of the SLK 55 has more power, more torque, is more efficient and it's cheaper than its predecessor. The asking price is now $155,000 a a saving of $24,360 over the last derivative.

Since receiving a makeover last year the SLK looks much tougher, and with a boost in the performance stakes, the convertible once confined to hairdressers suddenly has a queue of masculine admirers.

Comfort

With a thumping bent eight up front, suspension set-up tuned for performance and a small cabin, outsiders may question the cabin ambience. Yet it's a space that is remarkably plush and welcoming. Jet turbine-like vents punctuate the dash and there are a host of quality finishes across all surfaces.

Electronic seat adjustment in just about all directions helps you find a comfy position. The pews also have warmers, and you can also press a button for warm air to be blown on to your neck to combat cooler conditions when the roof is down. …

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