Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mercedes SLK55 AMG and SLK diesel at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Mercedes SLK55 AMG will present in Frankfurt, the sports version of the SLK R172 and also the first diesel variant. The AMG version will mount the new 5.5-liter V8 shared with the latest AMG, but will waive turbochargers, positioning itself one step lower than CLS and E63 AMG, but especially not by creating direct competition with the future SL AMG.

The engine, according to Autocar's advances, will weigh 187 pounds and grow about 420 hp, over 70 more than the previous SLK and above will reduce consumption by 30% with emissions below 200 g / km thanks to the system Start / Stop and shutdown of 4 of the 8 cylinders in certain conditions.

As for the novel variant of the diesel, it is now certain the launch of the SLK 250 CDI, which uses the same 2.1-liter 4-cylinder bi-turbo 204 hp already available on other models from the German. Aesthetically, the diesel version should not propose any noticeable difference compared to petrol sisters.

Mercedes has decided to follow this road according to market demands, after the great feedback on the E-Class Cabriolet: will now be interesting to see how competitors react to the houses, starting with BMW, which until now has never mentioned the possibility of Z4 propose a diesel.

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