Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz R 170 is an automobile platform for sports cars produced since 1997. R 170 models were originally sold as the SLK Class and it was based on the W 202 C Class. It was later replaced by a new SLK Class platform, which was the R171, for 2005. However, it is not dead yet, the R170 chassis lived on in the Chrysler Crossfire. Karmann of Germany handles the production. The Mercedes-Benz SLK Class has a name that was chosen to reflect the company's intentions for the car being that it is Sporty, Light and Compact (Kompakt). As of this point, there have been two generations of SLK. An AMG model was added in 2001, with a 354 hp supercharged version of the 3.2 L V6. This SLK 32 AMG was the best-performing SLK ever, and was a direct competitor for the BMW M Roadster and the Porsche Boxster S. It was only offered with an automatic transmission, which is really hard to believe and is somewhat of a shame. The SLK AMG engine is hand built though, so it seems that makes up for it. The SLK is seeming most famous for its retractable hardtop. While it did not pioneer this feature, the SLK revived it in modern automobiles. It was soon followed by the Peugeot 206cc, Lexus SC and the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. The SLK 32 AMG reached 60 miles per hour from zero in just over five seconds. Of course it has a computer controlled max speed of 155mph. There are rumors that this will be discontinued in the models to come. Well, in fact, it is said to be increased to in the range of 185 mph, more or less. The Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG car was discontinued after just three years of production and replaced by SKL55 AMG in 2005.