Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: SoCal, USA
Vehicle: SLK55 2006 widebody
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IF IF IF the slk gets the 63, price would be about the same, it would be more cost effective to dump the 55 engine and replace with the 63 in about a year anyway...so they can focus on producing one engine. with the c63 coming in, and the 55 struggling to pass the upcoming emissions regulations, SOME changes will be coming, although change is not always good. Also the excuse about not being able to fit the fuel pumps is total BS. I'm sure they could get it to fit. it's more a problem of either some obcsure regulation, or just a matter of marketing. for example, if they installed run flat tires as standard, they could move the battery to the back, and the fuel pumps either underneath (obviously seperated by metal), or the fuel pumps could go where the battery used to go. it would also help in weight distribution.
Turbos have long been rumoured to be coming in the AMG camp...but that's quite a leap, however the slk would be the perfect car to introduce it...i think the next gen slk is likely to get a turbo in at least one spec at least.
Most likely, the discontinuation has more to do with trying to get the old 55 engine up to the new emissions regulations. I believe the most REASONABLE thing to do would be a more efficient exhaust system for more power, but a tuned back ECU for better emissions. they may also be waiting to see what bmw and audi come out with so they can market their HP and torque competitevely.
Also, Dan is right, although the 55 is based on the mb 500 block, it's more a matter of the design of the heads and mounting, and the accesories. AMG has long been using fresh blocks prepped for them directly from the producers pretty much since MB bought them out.
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