The Mercedez Benz SL55 AMG Roadster is Mercedes Best offering in Australia. Priced at around $375,000, the AMG tuned SL55 is the only car in this category not host to a V10+ engine. The V8 Supercharged 5.4 Litre engine produces a phenomenal 380kW @ 6100rpm and 720Nm @ 2600rpm-4000rpm. The 720Nm of Torque is almost the same as the Pagani Zonda which costs $1,400,000!
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Now you would think with figures like this, the car would be using Fuel like the Ferrari SuperAmerica, but at only 13.5 L /100 km for both city and highway it uses less fuel than my car which produces about one quarter of the Mercedes Benz SL55 specs.

Given that its a Mercedes, the standard equipment list is enormous:

  • 4 Wheel Disc Brakes
  • 8 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Adaptive Accelerator (for driving style)
  • Adjustable Steering Column - Power & Memory
  • Air Cond. - Climate Control 2 Zone
  • Air Conditioning - Pollen Filter
  • Air Conditioning - Sensor for Humidity, Sensor for Pollutants Sensor for Solar/Sun
  • Airbags - Driver & Passenger (Dual) Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • Alarm - Motion Sensor - Tow Away Protection
  • Body Kit - Lower (skirts F & R Aprons)
  • Brake Assist
  • Brake By Wire
  • Brake Emergency Display - Hazard/Stoplights
  • Calipers - Painted Front
  • Calipers - Painted Rear
  • Carbon Fibre - Centre Console
  • Carbon Fibre - Inserts
  • Cargo Cover
  • CD Stacker - 6 disc
  • Central Locking - Driving Activated - Remote/Keyless
  • Chrome Grille Surround
  • Clear Indicator Lenses
  • Control - Automatic Stability - Park Distance Frontl - Park Distance Rear
  • Cruise Control
  • Disc Brakes Front Vented Drilled/Grooved
  • Disc Brakes Rear Vented Drilled/Grooved
  • Drive By Wire (Electronic Throttle Control)
  • DVD Player
  • Electric Seat - Driver / Passenger with Lumbar
  • Electric Seats - 1st Row (Front) with Memories
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • First Aid Kit
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps - Front Fog Lamps - Rear
  • Footwell Lamps - Front
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Headlamps - Bi-Xenon (for low & high beam)
  • Headlamps - Electric Level Adjustment
  • Headlamps - See me home
  • Headrests - Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
  • Heated Seats - 1st Row
  • Leather Seats - Embossed
  • Leather Trim (Incl. Seats inserts)
  • Leather Trim - Full Nappa
  • Leather Trimmed - Instrument Pod Cover
  • Lighting - Exterior Side
  • Map/Reading Lamps - for 1st Row
  • Metallic Finish Inserts
  • MP3 Player
  • Multi-function Control Screen - Colour
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Navigation System - DVD Audio Navigation System - DVD Video
  • Performance Brakes
  • Phone Preparation
  • Power Boot Closing Aid
  • Power Door Closing Aid
  • Power Door Mirrors - Anti Glare
  • Power Door Mirrors - with Memory
  • Power Roof - Fold-away Hardtop
  • Power Roof - Remote Control Open/Close
  • Power Steering - Speed Sensitive
  • Power Windows - Front & Rear
  • Premium Sound System
  • Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)
  • Rear View Mirror - Electric Anti Glare
  • Roll Bar
  • Scuff Plates - Embossed or personalised
  • Seat - Ventilated Drivers & Passenger Side
  • Seatbelt - Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt - Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Speed Limiter
  • Sports Exhaust
  • Sports Seats - 1st Row (Front)
  • Sports Steering Wheel
  • Stainless Steel Exhaust - Dual system
  • Stopwatch - Digital
  • Sunvisor - Illuminated Vanity Mirrors Dual
  • Suspension - Active Ride (leans into corners)
  • Suspension - Sports
  • Tacho
  • Tail Lamps - Blacked Out Surrounds
  • Tinted Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • TV - Tuner
  • Tyre Pressure Sensor
  • Vented - Guards Front
  • Voice Recognition
  • Wood/Leather Gear Knob
  • Wood/Leather Steering Wheel
  • Woodgrain - Inserts

However the problem this car has, is much the same problem that the Audi Performance line up has, its not that easy to spot as a super car, its just.. another Mercedes. Sure its got massive wheels and twin exhausts and all that, but if you want to be noticed, for $375,000 there are far better choices. Even so, that doesn't take anything away from the SL55 as an absolutely awesome car.

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