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At AMG, which develops sports models and race cars for Mercedes-Benz, "Black Series" is a special model that embodies the ultimate pure driving machine, the brand slogan.
The Black Series is said to have its roots in the one-off machine that AMG tuned to serve as a safety car in F1 and DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters), and it was launched as a limited edition car. Starting with SLK, only five models based on CLK, SL, C class coupe and SLS have been produced.
The first model in the black series is this SLK 55 AMG black series that debuted in 2006. Based on the SLK 55 AMG, the Exterior features a front bumper with carbon fiber side air vents and a wide fender. The front nose design is reminiscent of F1 machines of the day, and it has a carbon front wing. The vario roof, which had been electrically retractable for the base vehicle, is made of fixed carbon fiber, which greatly reduces the weight.
The output of the naturally aspirated AMG 5.5 liter V8 engine has been further tuned from 360 ps/52.0 kgm at the base to 400 ps/53.0 kgm. Acceleration at 0 ~ 100 km/h has been shortened from 4.5 seconds to 4.9 seconds, and acceleration at 0 ~ 200 km/h from 15.5 seconds to 17.5 seconds.
The transmission is a 7-speed automatic transmission (AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC) with a manual mode, and the steering is equipped with an aluminum paddle shift. The 19 inch forging wheel and front brake are reinforced with 6 pod caliper in addition to a special sports suspension for the foot circumference.
In addition, transmission oil coolers and steering oil coolers are added in order to withstand the kind of hard circuit driving that leads F1 machines. Despite the addition of these features, the use of carbon parts, except for the vario-roof, has reduced the weight by 45 kg compared to the base vehicle.
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It is said that there are only 120 units of SLK 55 AMG Black series in the world, so it was not imported to Japan officially. According to the current owner, this is probably the only one left in Japan.
The vehicle was manufactured in May 2007 and registered in Japan for the first time in July 2009, according to the vehicle inspection certificate. The only difference from the original is that it has a Japanese-made navigation system. The current owner bought the car about 5 years ago, and as he owns several cars, he has driven only about 5000 km since his purchase. It is treated as a parallel import car, but maintenance has been done mainly at Yanase.
One concern is that there is a small scratch on the front bumper. It seems that the current owner put it on when he parked the car at home, but I think it can be repaired with a minor repair. Also, the brands of the front tire (235/35 ZR 19) and the rear tire (265/30 ZR 19) are different. The front desk is Potenza S001 of Bridgestone, and the rear is Advansport of Yokohama. This seems to be because the current owner replaced only the more worn rear.When I checked the DOT number, all tires were made in 2011. The V8 engine produced a powerful exhaust sound reminiscent of natural air intake, and there were no functional problems. There is a lot of car inspection left until December 2020, so I recommend you to change 4 tires first and then go for a drive.
Originally written by Taichi Fujino
Photo by Yoshitada Moro
Published on February 2019
|Year of Purchase||Jul 2009|