Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Oswestry uk
Vehicle: Slk Amg 55 R172 2012.
Other Toys: Vw Touareg. Subaru GX Hymer motorhome.
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Amg 55 172 early impressions.
I've had my 2012 AMG 55 for a couple of weeks now so thought I'd post my first impressions of the car.. I've not owned an Slk before so it is all new to me, but so far it has lived up to all my hopes. Lovely drive in C mode. In fact fairly unremarkable when keeping within the legal limits. It's a job to get it above 1500 revs without getting 3 points on the licence. Amazing mpg for an engine of this size when in C mode, getting 30 mpg easily. Occasional kick downs liven things up a bit, and bring in that great V8 bark.
In Sports mode everything sharpens up, with the gearbox much more responsive to changes in throttle input, plus a slightly sharper sound from the exhaust, and ready to fly at the touch of the loud pedal.
Manual mode is great fun, flicking the gears up and down feeling like Lewis Hamilton, and getting the revs up a bit really makes the exhaust sing, without having to do excessive speed. In fact I am surprised when I look at the speedo, as I feel I am going faster than I actually am, so that's handy on our roads..
This really is a roof down car. The only time you need the roof up is when it's raining. What with the air scarf (which my wife loves) the heated seats and the heater blowing we've been toasty warm, and think it would be much the same when the weather gets colder. The car looks a mean machine in diamond white with black wheels and red leather.
Looking forward to a few more open top drives out when the weather is right.