Okay new friends- after doing numerous minutes (hours?
) of search here and on the web, it seems the SLK has been grotesquely ignored by the aftermarket community.
I also perceive that some think of the SLK (and the AMG variants) as nothing but "girlie cars"....pfft. While until recently I never gave the SLK a second glance due to its size, I never considered it a "woman's car"....A few weeks ago I saw a recent SLK55 AMG and saw those four exhausts and thought "hmmmm"...but never gave it a second thought until my wife brought up the model just days ago and started my own research.
So, why the snub by aftermarket? I say snub because there just seems to be very little out there for this incredible platform. And what IS out there for the SLK mostly gives focus on the non-AMG variants that generally promote products to give the cars the AMG look to those that own non-AMG cars. For that I will bite my tongue...so saying all that to say this:
What gives? What can we do? Completely custom fabrication? (I mean exhaust systems, etc) I really don't want to change the cosmetics of the AMG, save for maybe adding CF front lip and rear diffusor (again, MAYBE).
Are there any other pieces form other MB class vehicles that will interchange? seems that the size of the car precludes and say, C-class exhaust retrofits, etc... but in light of the vast array of goodies for the C series on up, this IMHO is a gross oversight to omit the SLK.
Or..is it...that the SLK55 AMG is really that good fresh out of the factory? I must say this void of aftermarket pieces does nothing to quench my enthusiasm for this car...it just kinda stinks.
Okay just to throw something out there- say an Eisenmann or Akrapovic cat-back system, or upgraded primary cats, etc...keep in mind I live in California so there are things I can't get away with here without complications from the CARB and the smog nazis sooner or later. I would also like to retain the exhaust flaps for the dual-mode of sound level.
I only see ONE aftermkt exhaust system (Quicksilver)...ok you all know what I'm talking about. Just venting a bit and seeking direction. Any West Coast MB custom shops that can mitigate this? The car itself seems to need relatively little. But it would be nice to have some options.
MODS- please feel free to move this to the R172 section. I apologize for my oversight.