As if its a secret, Im a huuuuge fan of Ferrari's, and will one day buy one (or several) of my own,
.....and the SLK55, even tho i have never been in one.
If its really that much faster then the 350, i could only imagine.
Which got me thinking of comparisons (that i have driven or been in) to help me understand. Ironically the first thing that came to my mind was another 55, The Ferrari 355. My father had one and it was a rocket ship, completely awesome car inside and out. So in my head i started doing a little bit of comparison of information from just what I knew off the top of my head. Horsepower, transmissons, verts or not etc. But being to curious, and the warm weather making my right foot heavier and enjoying sports cars more I dwelved into it deeper. So here it is.
SLK 55: 3420 lbs
Ferrari F355: 2976 lbs
SLK 55: 160.7 inches
Ferrari F355: 167.3
55: 70.6 inches
355: 74.8 inches
55: 95.7 inches
355: 96.5 iniches
So it seems that the ferrari is bigger, but lighter car, But has a smaller wheelbase.
55: 5.4(9 i believe) V8
355: 3.55 V8
55: 355 Horsepower
355: 380 Horesepower
355: 268 lbs-ft
55: 4.7 secs
355 4.6 secs
55: 7 speed with speedShift
355: 6 Speed with F1 Shift (Same Idea, im also excluding the fully manual version).
55: 16-22 Mpg
355: 10-15 Mpg.
Hmm so lets see. With just this little bit of information, we can make some very interesting conclusions. While the Ferrari only has slight more horsepower, the 55 dominates it in torque. While only being around 500 lbs heavier it is VERY interesting to think that a SLK 55 and Ferrari 355 in a race, would be pure driver skill! Although, with props to ferrari, they were able to cramp out that much horsepower out of a very small V8. (Only slightly larger then my 3.5 V6, while producing 122 less horsepower).
Pros and Cons.
You can buy a brand new 55 for the exact way you want it , for about 70, or less. Not so hard to find, and you can drive it everyday, while still having that performance. And it has lots of luxury street cred has it IS a mercedes. Insurance can be high. The big plus, Most used 55's and (of course) all new 55's are covered by warranty!
There are only a few things you can get with the ferrari that you cant get on the merc. First off the obvious....ITS A FERRARI. And because of that, a used car thats anywhere between 10 and 6 years old will run you AT LEAST, 70 grand, usually between that, and 100 thousand. That and you cant get marlboro red
!. Insurance believe it or not is pretty cheap, by being able to buy either collectors car insurance, and or regular insurance. (Its alot cheaper then you would think because of the rarity of the cars, how often people DONT drive them, and how obvious it is to steal them).
Besides modding a ferrari is very difficult! The only other thing I can think of really is handling. Its almost a given with the incredible chasis R/D, less weight, and I believe tighter suspension(Slk stock ride height 50 inch).
So i was actually a little surprised to find that a slightly modded SLK 55 can beat a 355, and hang with a 360 Modena.
Hmmmmm....looks like having a SLK 55 AMG is like having a ferrari. Only I can drive it everyday and not feel guilty. Or be brought to tears by every scratch. Or pay thousands for something that should be covered by a warranty. Or have to settle on options i want. Or have a hard top and a convertible in one.
So now I am even MORE envious of 55 AMG people, because it really just hit me what kind of car it is, and can be. (AKA someone who supercharges one and now has something that can run with 430's and lambos with practicality.)
I want one