June 13, 2003
Mercedes-Benz introduces SL 55 with AMG Performance Package
Affalterbach, Germany – The Mercedes-Benz SL 55 is now available with a new AMG-Performance Package. Developed by Mercedes-AMG, this high-performance version is similar to the official FIA Safety Car used in last year’s F1 Grand Prix season.
The SL 55 AMG with the Performance Package offers an extensive range of revisions to its body, engine cooling system, brakes and suspension. The design of the front apron, which dominates the nose of the vehicle, recalls the look of the Formula 1 Safety Car. Larger cooling-air intakes and an additional engine-oil cooler ensure that the AMG V8 super-charged powerplant – whose peak power and torque levels are unchanged at 500 horsepower and 700 newton metres respectively – is maintained at the optimum operating temperatures during sporty driving.
For optimum braking performance, sensitivity and resistance to fading, the front wheels of the SL 55 AMG with the Performance Package are equipped with a composite steel brake system. Measuring 380 mm in diameter (as opposed to 360 mm in the standard version), the internally ventilated and perforated grey cast-iron discs feature floating callipers and have a greater thermal capability. All the dynamic handling systems associated with the electrohydraulic Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) system have been optimised for the new brake system. Together, all these measures borrowed directly from the Formula 1 Safety Car deliver reliable stopping power at all times – even under the extreme conditions encountered when braking from racing speeds.
The SL 55 AMG with the Performance Package also draws on its Formula 1 counterpart when it comes to the chassis set-up and the choice of wheels and tires. The Mercedes-AMG engineers based the configuration on the set-up used by official FIA Safety Car driver Bernd Mayl