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Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG review

2004 - 2010 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £51,295 - £52,840
Used prices £3,138 - £8,362
Road tax cost £395 - £695
Insurance group 47
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 354 miles
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons


Thundering performance, AMG styling, superb engine, sharp handling


Not as nimble as a Porsche Boxster, slow-witted manual mode

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


Last time the Mercedes-Benz SLK received the AMG treatment, it was fitted with a supercharged 3.2-litre V6 engine. The second-generation gets a substantially larger V8. It may be badged 55 but it actually uses a normally aspirated 5.4-litre engine with 360bhp. However, thanks to the light weight of the roadster, it has superb acceleration and pace, making it great fun to drive.

The extra AMG body kit and larger wheels suit the SLK shape well and it also has some exquisite detailing inside, while build quality is second to none. It’s expensive to run, but as the ultimate SLK, it’s a superb convertible.