It is also proof that the folks at Mercedes must be closet Taoists - it's barely a week since Merc unveiled its super-frugal 59mpg turbodiesel SLK and now the AMG folks in Affalterbach are putting the finishing touches on the 5.5-litre, 416bhp V8 SLK 55 AMG. Yin and yang, anyone?
Essentially a non-turbocharged version of the biturbo 5.5-litre V8 (the M157) that is finding its way into most AMG-badged Mercs, the new 'M152' motor gives 416bhp and 398lb ft of torque.
The new engine also carries some green-cred, with a start/stop function and trick cylinder management (cylinders two, three, five and eight are cut off under partial load) pushing the car's combined fuel consumption figure out to around 33mpg.
Torque Vectoring Brakes (and we quote from the press release here) produce a "defined rotational movement of the vehicle about the vertical axis in fractions of seconds, through selective brake actuation at the rear wheel on the inside of the bend. This results in the SLK55 AMG steering into the turn precisely and under full control, without any compromises where performance is concerned."
Inside, the SLK 55 AMG gets a gentler makeover, with AMG sports seats, aluminium trim and a new instrument cluster.