The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG has been revealed ahead of its official international unveiling set to take place at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The new convertible is powered by a 5.5-litre V8 and comes with special AMG sports seats, revised chassis and suspension, special AMG trimmings and a neat AMG bodykit.

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Under the bonnet, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG comes with a new 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. It produces 310kW of power and 540Nm of torque. Power is sent through an AMG SpeedShift Plus 7G-TRONIC seven-speed transmission. Mercedes-Benz says the new drop-top is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds, and has a limited top speed of 250km/h.

Interestingly, the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG comes with an average fuel consumption rating of just 8.5L/100km. This is thanks to a range of technologies such as stop/start and AMG Cylinder Management, which cuts cylinders in certain conditions where ultimate power is not needed. Even still, 8.5L/100km is very close to the Mazda3 automatic local average fuel consumption rating of 8.2L/100km, which only has half the cylinders.

Like all AMG models, the new SLK55 comes with sports tuned suspension and high performance brakes. The new model also comes with Torque Vectoring and AMG Direct-Steer technology. An optional Handling Package comes with a lockable differential, tighter, more focused sports suspension, Alcantara seats and a three-spoke sports steering wheel.

Other highlights include a sporty AMG interior layout with bolstered sports seats and AIRSCARF, special AMG aluminium trimming throughout the interior and a performance-inspired instrument cluster and speedo.

Official pricing is yet to be finalised, but the new model will go on sale some time next year. More details will be released upon the SLK55's unveiling next month. We'll keep you updated.

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