The year is coming to an end, but the luxury car makers are continuing with the same pace. Mercedes-Benz has been the most dominant of all and it is clearly visible as the company will launch the SLK 55 AMG today. The SLK has already been on sale and at the moment it comes only with the 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. At the moment, only the C63, E63, SL63 and the G63 are available in the AMG line-up. SLK will get the 5.5-litre V8 engine, driving the rear wheels through a responsive seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. The new V8 engine develops 421bhp at 6,800rpm and 540Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, ensuring extremely rapid acceleration: 0-100km/hr takes just 4.6 seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 250km/hr. The engine is paired with the seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission featuring three intelligent modes - Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M). The SLK 55 AMG is fitted as standard with AMG sports suspension featuring Torque Vectoring Brake and the AMG Direct-Steer system. As a result, it effortlessly combines the agility and high levels of lateral grip demanded by performance-oriented drivers with the long-distance ride comfort that is an intrinsic part of any Mercedes-Benz. AMG has complemented the classic long bonnet and short tail roadster proportions and SLS-inspired design of the latest SLK with unique bodywork for the SLK 55 AMG. The interior also features unique AMG styling and trim inspired by the SLS. The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG is fully equipped with all the comfort and safety features expected of a high-performance flagship model. The standard specification includes AMG body styling with exclusive SLK 55 AMG front and rear aprons and side skirts, AMG high-performance internally ventilated and perforated disc brakes, AMG sports suspension, Nappa leather upholstery, 18-inch five-spoke AMG alloy wheels, the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Light System, COMAND Online with Media Interface, a DAB digital radio, AMG Cylinder Management System and ECO stop-start function. Advanced safety features include PRE-SAFE, NECK-PRO, ATTENTION ASSIST and HEADLAMP ASSIST.