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I was hoping someone might give me a little guidance. I'm in the market for new ride in 2011 and the SLK 55 is definitely at the top of my list . My wife has a 2008 SLK 280 which is a great car -so much so that I'm now also looking at one for myself (i.e. SLK 55).

My question revolves around the Performance Package Option. Which year did the Performance Package become an option? If I buy a CPO car without it, would the dealer be able to add it? Oh and what are your thoughts on the performance package?

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I was hoping someone might give me a little guidance. I'm in the market for new ride in 2011 and the SLK 55 is definitely at the top of my list . My wife has a 2008 SLK 280 which is a great car -so much so that I'm now also looking at one for myself (i.e. SLK 55).

My question revolves around the Performance Package Option. Which year did the Performance Package become an option? If I buy a CPO car without it, would the dealer be able to add it? Oh and what are your thoughts on the performance package?

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If you want the Performance Package Option find a car that comes with it. The dealer will always charge a small fortune to add it on later. Also see
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There Performance Package

In the current SLK model, which year did the performance package become an option? What else can you tell me about it? I saw that from the dealer page that you get a higher top speed of 174, but beyond that I couldn't what other perks came with the performance package.

Also is there such a thing as Black Series SLK and did they start making that? More importantly what does that give you that the regular SLK 55 with the performance package doesn't give you? I know of the Black Series SL65 and I had chance to see one on the road about 2 months ago (what a treat that was).
 

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In the current SLK model, which year did the performance package become an option? What else can you tell me about it? I saw that from the dealer page that you get a higher top speed of 174, but beyond that I couldn't what other perks came with the performance package.

Also is there such a thing as Black Series SLK and did they start making that? More importantly what does that give you that the regular SLK 55 with the performance package doesn't give you? I know of the Black Series SL65 and I had chance to see one on the road about 2 months ago (what a treat that was).
Is this the package you are refering to?

SLK55 AMG Performance Package (Option Code 030)
* Alcantara AMG sport steering wheel
* Carbon fiber trim set
* 176 mph (280 km/h) top speed (electronically limited)
* AMG "Nurburgring" sport suspension system
* AMG "Compound" braking system
* AMG Compound front brakes (standard)
* AMG rear brakes: compound rotors with AMG 4-piston calipers
* AMG 18-inch twin-spoke multipiece alloy wheels with high performance tires
* Front: 7.5 x 18 inch 225 40 ZR 18
* Rear: 8.5 x 18 inch 245 35 ZR 18

If so, I have it on My 2006 and yes it was an option. If I remember correctly it was close to $7,000.

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Here's a bit of information on the SLK 55 Black.

SLK 55 AMG Black Series: The perfect mix of performance, handling and lightweight design

* AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine with 294 kW/400 hp and 520 Nm of torque

* Weight reduction through lightweight components and non-retractable carbon-fibre roof

* 19-inch forged AMG wheels and adjustable AMG sports suspension

As the only eight-cylinder roadster in its segment, the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG delivers an exceptional driving experience. Now the two-seater is becoming even sportier: Mercedes AMG has developed an exclusive, emphatically puristic special series as a coupé variant, a car that sets new standards in handling dynamics — the SLK 55 AMG Black Series. With the AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine, which has been boosted to 294 kW/400 hp and 520 Nm, the numerous lightweight components, the non-retractable carbon-fibre roof, 19-inch AMG forged wheels, AMG adjustable sports suspension and AMG high-performance composite brakes, the special SLK 55 AMG brings its sports car talents to bear even more convincingly — and cuts an impressive figure especially on racing circuits.
Broad, brawny and low-slung — it's clear at first glance that the SLK 55 AMG Black Series is something very special. It offers a captivating view from the front with a redesigned AMG front apron and its broad openings, which supply the added transmission-oil cooler and the high-performance steering-oil cooler with plenty of fresh air. In addition, new side outlets made of carbon ensure effective ventilation for the engine-oil coolers. The front wings, now wider, are made of reinforced plastic with ultra-light carbon-fibre composite material and feature black outlined air outlets. The non-retractable hardtop of the two-seater is also made of carbon-fibre composites, and the black central section with a visible carbon-fibre structure provides appealing visual effects. The elimination of the vario roof and the entire roof hydraulics not only makes possible a significantly lower centre of gravity but also leads to a notable reduction in weight: With a kerb weight of 1495 kilograms according to EC standards, the SLK 55 AMG Black Series is 45 kilograms lighter than the basic vehicle. That improves the weight/power ratio from 4.3 to 3.7 kg/hp.
AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine with 294 kW/400 hp and 520 Nm of torque
Engineers not only optimised the weight but also gave the Black Series an optimised AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine with a maximum output of 294 kW/400 hp and 520 Nm of torque. A modified air intake, reduced-resistance AMG sports air filters, new high-performance headers and a new valve-timing scheme ensure a more efficient charge cycle and make the eight-cylinder unit even more responsive to accelerator pedal movements — which is also evident from the inimitable and even more impressive AMG V8 sound.
The combination of low vehicle weight and a powerful AMG eight-cylinder engine ensures first-class performance. This SLK 55 AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in only 4.5 seconds (standard model: 4.9 s), and it takes just 15.5 seconds for the Black Series to reach 200 km/h (standard vehicle: 17.5 s). Power transmission is accomplished using the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC with manual drive program ("M") and AMG aluminium gearshift paddles on the steering wheel.
Overview of key data:


SLK 55 AMG Black Series
Cylinder arrangement/valves per cylinder

V8/3

Displacement cc


5439

Bore/stroke mm


97.0/92.0

Compression ratio


11.0 : 1

Output
kW/hp
at rpm


294/400
5,750

Max. torque
Nm at rpm


520
3,750

Combined fuel consumption
l/100 km



12.2

Acceleration 0-100 km/h s



4.5

Top speed km/h



280*
* Electronically limited
AMG adjustable sports suspension, forged wheels and composite brakes
The suspension and the brake system are the ideal partners for the dynamic power package. The AMG adjustable sports suspension, optimised for the racetrack, allows impressive cornering speeds. In this chassis technology taken from motorsport, the compression and rebound stages of the front and rear-axle shock absorbers can be tuned harder or softer — making it possible to adjust the damping comfort and driving behaviour to one's individual purpose. The ride height can also be lowered or raised by five millimetres. The modified elastokinematics at the front axle and the specially tuned mounting of the major assemblies ensure more precise steering and stability when braking — which is particularly advantageous in the intense driving on racetracks. A brace in the engine compartment guarantees additional rigidity to cope with higher lateral forces.
The SLK 55 AMG Black Series has large, ultra-light, forged AMG aluminium wheels in the sizes 8.5 x 19 and 9.5 x 19. Compared to the 18-inch light-alloy wheels of the standard vehicle in widths of 7.5 and 8.5 inches, the full wheel assemblies, including tyres, weigh four kilograms less. The advantage is even clearer when compared with equally wide, multi-piece 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. In this case, the weight savings come to 31 kilograms. The weight reduction results in a greater responsiveness on the part of the speed-sensitive power steering — which is also equipped with a more powerful servo pump. The elegantly proportioned multi-spoke forged wheels fill the striking wheel housings perfectly and are fitted with tyres of sizes 235/35 ZR 19 (front) and 265/30 ZR 19 (rear). As an option, and at no extra cost, the customer can also choose special Pirelli sports tyres with a very high grip factor and outstanding wet-driving properties. Superb braking is ensured by the AMG high-performance brakes with large composite brake discs (360 x 32 millimetres) and six-piston fixed callipers at the front axle.
Interior with the functional atmosphere of a real racing car
The racing features are consistently carried over into the interior. Two specially developed AMG sports bucket seats without sidebags in black pearl velour and with a silver AMG logo provide the best possible lateral support; the new AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel in leather and Alcantara permits optimal vehicle control. An abundance of carbon fibre on the interior door linings and the trim elements, as well as the black roof lining, give the interior the functional atmosphere of a real racing car — and thereby affirm the almost 40-year motorsport history of Mercedes-AMG. The Black Series lettering on the carbon-fibre trim over the glove compartment and on the boot lid signals the special status of this powerful and puristic two-seater.
Despite handling dynamics suitable for the racetrack, the SLK 55 AMG Black Series, manufactured by hand in the Performance Studio, offers all the features that set a real Mercedes-Benz apart: fitness for everyday use, durability, safety and quality. The first models of the unlimited AMG special series will be delivered to customers beginning in July. The price in Germany is € 107,300 (incl. 16 % VAT).

As far as I know, none have been officially exported to the US.

Good luck on your search.

Mike K.
 

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Great car except for the non-retractable carbon-fibre roof. That would kill it for me.
 

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IF there are any SLK55 Black Series in the USA you can count them on the fingers of one hand. The number could easily be zero, but in any event this is mostly a theoretical exercise.
 

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If you want the Performance Package Option find a car that comes with it. The dealer will always charge a small fortune to add it on later.
Yes, whatever you pay for the car, consider that number the cost of dealer retrofit of the performance package. That is, it's a ridiculous concept.
 

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I see almost no men driving SLK's, it is know as a "chick car", the AMG version adds more muscle but still ........ it is an SLK
 

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I see almost no men driving SLK's, it is know as a "chick car", the AMG version adds more muscle but still ........ it is an SLK
You say that like it's a bad thing...chicks love my car!

BTW, 0-60 is actually 4.3 s on the stock SLK 55, the MB figure is a conservative estimate to make the SL 55 look better.
 

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You say that like it's a bad thing...chicks love my car!

BTW, 0-60 is actually 4.3 s on the stock SLK 55, the MB figure is a conservative estimate to make the SL 55 look better.
No not at all, it is not a bad thing. Just an observation that I see almost exclusively all female drivers in SLK around Southern California, does that make it bad, no.
 

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No not at all, it is not a bad thing. Just an observation that I see almost exclusively all female drivers in SLK around Southern California, does that make it bad, no.
I think Most of the posters on the forum that own them are men. There goes your theory.

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I think Most of the posters on the forum that own them are men. There goes your theory.

Paul


"It's better to let someone think you are an Idiot than to open your mouth and prove it"
Yes but the posters on this forum are less than 1% of total SLK owners which invalidates your theory, in fact there are very few women posters on this entire Forum while there are millions of women driving MB cars around the globe, so you just can't go with this Forum.

Like it or not, SLK is a popular ride with females, if that hits a nerve with you, deal with it, reality is what it is. :)
 

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Yes but the posters on this forum are less than 1% of total SLK owners which invalidates your theory, in fact there are very few women posters on this entire Forum while there are millions of women driving MB cars around the globe, so you just can't go with this Forum.

Like it or not, SLK is a popular ride with females, if that hits a nerve with you, deal with it, reality is what it is. :)
The original poster likes the car based on his personal experience. I replied to the topic of the post, before you decided to Crap on the thread. I simply tried to put some perspective to your ridiculously overly simplified conclusion about the car. I didn’t attack you, just posed a counter perspective to consider. :)

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