Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Car Of The Day: July 11, 2012

Today's car of the day comes from Firehawk73's collection and is Matchbox's 2004 Mercedes Benz SL55 AMG.

The Mercedes-Benz SL is a grand tourer manufactured by Mercedes since 1954. The designation SL derives from the German Sport Leicht, or Sport Lightweight — and was first applied to the 300SL 'Gullwing' named also after its gullwing or upward-opening doors.

The term SL-Class refers to the marketing variations of the vehicle, including the numerous engine configurations spanning six design generations.

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Mercedes-Benz R230

The SL55 AMG version was released in 2002.

The new model has only slight visual differentiators, the most noticeable is the three-slat grille rather than the four-slat version used previously. The top speed is limited to 155 mph (249 km/h), but can be extended to 186 mph (299 km/h) for an additional cost. The 6.3 litre V8 replaced the current engine for the 2009 model year. Upon release in 2002 this was for its time the fastest automatic car in the world. This was before the SLR Mclaren hit the market in 2003–present. The news that the SL55 AMG will not be in production has upset thousands of car fans, including Top Gear presenters. Jeremy Clarkson owned one of the very first SL55 AMG's.

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