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Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG

The most powerful Mercedes-Benz is ready for launch: World premiere of the new SL 55 AMG at the IAA 2001

  • SL prices: entry price for the new sports car is 75,000 Euro

  • SL equipment: better value for money than the predecessor model

  • SL 55 AMG: a new 350-kW/476-hp high-performance sports car

  • SL engine: supercharged V8 with AMG technology developed in motorsport


About 2 years ago, Mercedes-Benz introduced the SLR concept at the Frankfurt International Motor Show 1999. We were quite impressed!

What a dream car, but the real one had to make some pragmatics compromises!

See our report on the concept.

The new SL-Class celebrated its world premiere a few days ago in Hamburg with the unveiling of the SL 500. Now Mercedes-Benz is set to expand the model range with a breathtaking sports car from Mercedes-AMG. The Stuttgart-based car brand will present the high-performance SL 55 AMG Roadster for the first time at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, taking place from 13 to 23 September 2001. From the au-tumn of next year Mercedes-Benz will also offer the SL with a six-cylinder engine.

.Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG, the strongest car in his segment
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Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG, the strongest car in his segment
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In addition to impressive state-of-the-art technology, comprehensive safety features and unparalleled exclusivity, the value for money of the new SL-Class puts it in a league of its own. Indeed, the new SL 500 is over three percent better value than the previous model, thanks to the considerably higher quality of the standard equipment fitted.




Mercedes-Benz has set the price of the SL-Class entry model - the V6 Roadster to be launched in 2002 - at approximately 75,000 Euro (ex factory). The SL 500, which will be presented at the car maker's sales and service outlets and sales companies on 13 Oc-tober 2001, will cost 94,308 Euro ex factory and the high-performance SL 55 AMG Roadster will be available at 124,236 Euro (ex factory).

700 Newtonmetres torque and 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds

The supercharged V8 engine in the SL 55 AMG makes it the most powerful Mercedes passenger car on the market. The new 5.5-litre powerplant develops a remarkable 350 kW/476 hp and generates maximum torque of 700 Newtonmetres as low as 2650 rpm. This level of torque is available up to 4500 rpm. The end result is awesome performance on tap at low revs and unsurpassed elasticity under acceleration in any gear. The SL 55 AMG covers the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

These imposing engine data power the new SL 55 AMG to the top of the eight-cylinder roadster segment worldwide in terms of performance and torque.

Dynamic styling, an exclusive interior and automatic transmission with gearshift at the steering wheel

From the outside, the AMG Roadster can be distinguished from the SL 500 by several features, including even more dynamic styling, striking side skirts, darkened taillights, sporty 18-inch multi-spoke wheels and four chromed tailpipes.

Inside the car, the sporty integral seats in special perforated leather, coloured-leather decorative stitching, trim elements in high-quality aluminium/sand casting and cockpit instruments with light-coloured dials, silver-coloured symbol discs and red needles emphasise the unique character of this high-performance roadster.

The high-speed driving experience is fur-ther enhanced by five-speed automatic transmission with racing-style gearshift using buttons on the steering wheel.

SBC electrohydraulic brakes and active suspension come as standard

Another improvement on the previous SL generation can be seen in the unique high-tech equipment fitted as standard on the new SL 500 and SL 55 AMG. This includes leading-edge driving dynamics systems - such as Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) and Active Body Control (ABC) suspension - the innovative vario-roof, new head-thorax-sidebags and xenon headlamps.

Optimum comfort is provided by the automatic climate control system with its sun and pollutant sensor, memory function for the seats, steering wheel and exterior mirrors, and the Headlamp Assist light sensor. An anti-theft alarm, adap-tive accelerator pedal and infrared remote control for the vario-roof are other special features included as standard in the new Mercedes Roadster.













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