that would be some child of a BMW and a Porsche.
our warhorses are from Wurttemburg, surely
Herr Fudd, Thank you. You are of course 100% correct. I was not attempting to make a statement of geographical fact, but more to my point that horsepower numbers are never the whole story when designing the total performance of any car, ours included. My reference to "Bavaria" being only to point in the general direction of southern Germany toward Affalterbach, which is in the state of Baden-Wurttemburg as you correctly stated.
The V8 used in the R171 model of the SLK55 was not tuned for maximum peak power but instead for a broad output of lots of power from about 2000 rpm up to redline, and coupled with the 7 spd gearbox which is capable of quick shifts, good matching of the ratios to the torque curve, good weight transfer to hook up all that power effectively, all resulting in quick, hard launches with minimal wheelspin, thus often capable of surprising drivers of vehicles that on paper at least one might expect to be quicker than they are. Case in point, my kill of the C6 Corvette LS3 convertible recently at a charity 1/8th mile drag race. The Vette has 430hp and is a little lighter than my car. I fully expected to be smoked. But a good launch with a little wheelspin by the Vetter culminated in my taking the win, pulling away the entire time, beating the "Faster" car by 4/10th of a sec (an eternity in a drag race). Our SLK's are very efficient stop-light to stop light weapons, due to those big, hairy, AMG horses, no matter where they were corn fed into existence.
I stand most humbly corrected.
PS it does not hurt that AMG tends to rate their engines to a stated minimum std. horsepower as opposed to some other mfgs who may or may not rate their engines at the average or median output thus gaining them more ponies on paper but not always the most on the street. This sandbagging is what I call under promise and over deliver. Our cars feel much faster than their numbers would lead one to expect. In effect making our horses look bigger than they first appeared on paper,