Mercedes seem to have created the perfect car. Superb(ish) quality, gorgeous looks, supercar performance and at the touch of a button it becomes a convertible! The V8 engine from the SL500 has been heavily modified by AMG resulting in a near 50% increase in power. This is enough to propel the SL55 to over 200mph with speed restrictor removed.
Braking is excellent thanks to 8-pot vented discs and ESP brake by wire technology, while the SL55 becomes the first Mercedes to feature pushbutton sequential gear shift. Handling is assisted by state of the art active body control, however it still struggles to cope with the car's enormous 2 ton mass.
2006 saw power increase from 493bhp to 510bhp and torque from 516lbft to 531lbft, with an accompanying mild increase in performance together with improved body control and steering for a fraction under £100k.