The Mercedes-AMG management comments on the new SLK 55 AMG:

Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH
“A top performer for fuel economy and maximum output: with the new SLK 55 AMG we have created a real masterpiece. The naturally aspirated AMG V8 engine sets an outstanding example for efficiency, while at the same demonstrating the creativity and expertise of our engineers, who took their inspiration from Formula 1 when developing the cylinder shut-off system.”

Tobias Moers, Head of Overall Vehicle Development and Board Member
of Mercedes-AMG GmbH

“A sports car engine with technology taken from Formula 1 – I am convinced that the new SLK 55 AMG will meet the high expectations of all sports car fans. Talented driving dynamics are firmly embedded in its genes, and as such the eight-cylinder roadster provides exhilarating driving pleasure.”

Friedrich Eichler, Head of Engine & Powertrain Development
“Thanks to the innovative AMG Cylinder Management system and other high-tech components, our newly developed AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine achieves the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine with the muscular power delivery and emotional sound experience of a V8.”

Mario Spitzner, Head of Branding and Marketing
“As the only eight-cylinder roadster in its segment, the SLK 55 AMG is a unique vehicle. As a result it is the perfect embodiment of the AMG brand claim of ‘Driving Performance’.”

Source: Daimler AG