Mercedes SLK 63 AMG

15 Jul, 2010 12:57pm Mark Rainford

Spied testing near the Nurburgring test track in Germany, these are the first pictures of a prototype version of the all-new Mercedes SLK 63 AMG.

The AMG revolution continues! The latest model, caught testing by our snappers near the Nurburgring, is a prototype of the SLK 63 AMG which is set to go on sale in 2012.

Clearly visible under the disguise is Mercedes' new upright grille, which features on the SLS supercar, and LED running lights can also be seen on smaller headlamp units.

At the rear an SLS style spoiler sits just above redesigned tail lights and an edgier bootlid with a wider number plate recess, whilst quad-tailpipes, larger wheels and uprated brakes mark this car out as the AMG model and hint at the pace on offer.

Power should come from the epic 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 recently announced for the S63 and CL63 AMG models giving the baby roadster a potential 540bhp and 800Nm of torque. Combined with the SLK's relatively lightweight shell, the AMG should see the previous model's 0-62mph sprint time cut from 4.9 seconds to just over four seconds with the top speed limited to 155mph.

Mercedes could choose to limit the car's power however tuners will be eager to unleash the AMG Performance Package that pushes power figures up to 563bhp with 900Nm of torque.

An expected price of around £60,000 brings the AMG version of the SLK close to the base-price for the SL which is due to receive an aluminium-construction replacement in 2012.

Mercedes is currently undergoing an entire refresh of their sportscar range which could see a new model slot between the SLK and SL.

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I think it should look a whole lot nicer that the current car which always seems too pretty and fussy at the front end. Hopefully they'll also give the back end a straighter more tidy look but it's quite a job to tell here. I'm sure just about everything else about the car will be improved on and I already know that I'll want one!

i have driven the Original SLK32 AMG and that was quick and also the latest SLK350 which felt just as quick,but this new SLK63 is another 200+ bhp on top,this car will be mental it should leave most super cars standing well until the road gets twisty.

A new model slot between the SLK and SL? Any evidence to support this?

I'm sure the footballers' wives will love it

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