2dr Roadster 5.5L AMG Two-seater Passenger Car
The SL55 AMG roadster is fast, fun and elegant. 493 HP, 516 pound-feet torque. It was the most potent Benz ever offered in North America and the quickest factory Benz at the time.
The AMG has a supercharger and air-to-water intercooler, the latter designed with its own separate supply of fluid. Made by IHI, the belt-driven supercharger is of the Lysholm type, with a Teflon-coated screw-style impeller delivering boost up to 11.6 psi.
Although this is basically the same SOHC 24-valve aluminum V-8 used in the SL500, there are significant differences. The hand-assembled AMG version is stroked from 84 millimeters to 92, increasing displacement from 4966cc to 5439, and the forged aluminum pistons drop the compression ratio from 10.0:1 to 9:0:1, an anti-detonation measure. There are heavy-duty bearings with cross-bolted mains at the bottom end, plus a new sump and a more powerful oil pump. Top-end mods include double valve springs, reprofiled cams, and bigger intake and exhaust plumbing.
The supercharged eight feeds its power to a five-speed automatic transmission that incorporates an updated edition of the Mercedes SpeedShift manumatic.
The SL55s rotors are big. 14.2 by 1.3 inches in front, 13.0 by 0.9 in the rear, vented and cross-drilled at both ends. The diameters are bigger than the garden-variety SLs, and the fronts are squeezed by eight-piston calipers.
The key to the SL55s level cornering attitudes is the corporate Active Body Control electro-mechano-hydraulic almost-active suspension, recalibrated in this application for firmer responses without compromising ride quality.
As you'd expect, the SL55 is posh-plus inside, with all the goodies plus some AMG adds such as a sport steering wheel, aluminum interior trim, Alcantara suede atop the instrument binnacle and in the headliner, silver-face AMG instruments with red needles, and, the most seductive interior element, deep leather-clad power bucket seats.
Why rare? Check the bottom line. With a base price of $118,295 in 2003, the SL55 was and is an executive hot rod.
This vehicle is located at Atomic Motors in Henderson, Nevada just 20 minutes from the fabulous Las Vegas Strip! Call Bill at 702-556-0888 or the dealership at 702-826-3811 for more information. www.atomicmotors.net
It is the responsibility of the buyer to either inspect the vehicle personally or via a 3rd party, to ensure satisfaction as to the condition and value, prior to purchase.
Fully electronic ignition system w/knock sensor timing control
Independent 4-link front/5-arm rear suspension w/anti-dive technology
TIREFIT puncture sealant in lieu of spare tire
Sensotronic brake control
Attachable mesh wind deflector
AMG designed front air dam, side skirts & rear apron
Red rear foglamp
Aluminum trim on console & doors
Dual retractable cup holders
Illuminated/climate controlled glove-box & armrest storage
Parcel net in right footwell
Multi-function steering wheel
Sensotronic brake control
Adjustable seat-mounted 3-point front shoulder belts w/height adjustment & emergency tensioning retractors
Fuel Economy:City: high: 14MPG low: 14MPG Hwy: high:20MPG low:20MPG
Drivetrain:Rear wheel drive
Suspension:Active Body Control (ABC)-inc: coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/AMG shock absorber at each wheel
Tire - Front:P255/40WR18 high-performance front tires
Tire - Rear:P285/35WR18 high-performance rear tires
Steering:Rack & pinion vehicle-speed-sensitive pwr steering
Brakes:4-wheel cross-drilled/ventilated disc brakes
Roof:Electrohydraulic retractable aluminum hardtop
Convenience:Tele-Aid-inc: 24-hour contact w/Mercedes Benz for emergency aid, information, roadside assistance
Mirrors:Dual illuminated visor