Mercedes’ factory tuner AMG released a special version of the SLK, the Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG Back Edition. Powered by a modified 5.5-liter V8 engine that delivers 400 hp, the roadster also has modified air intake, reduced-resistance sports air filters, new high-performance headers and a new valve-timing scheme. Fitted with an AMG Speedshift 7G-Tronic with manual drive program the car goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 4.5 seconds.
The car also features a non-retractable carbon-fiber roof, wider front fenders made of reinforced plastic and ultralight carbon-fiber composite, carbon fiber side outlets and 19-inch forged alloy wheels. The tires are 235/35ZR19 in front and 265/30ZR19 in the rear.
The car is already available in Germany, at a starting price of $145,600, including VAT.