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Speed, Space, Luxury Bake-off

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

If you are in the market for a large luxury sedan, you may find yourself choosing between the Lexus LS, BMW 7-series, and Mercedes S-class. Say, after test-driving all combinations of model numbers imaginable, you are unimpressed. They are all spacious, drive smoothly, look great – but something is lacking.

You are missing speed.

Enter a new class of large luxury sedans. You are now sifting through pages of the Porsche Panamera, AMG S-class, and rare BMW Alpina B7. In order to place these cars within the same price range, you may consider the Panamera Turbo and S63 AMG alongside the Alpina B7, all of which have a base MSRP in the mid-$100,000’s and can run near the $200,000 mark new off the lot.

From the Mercedes S63 AMG you get 536 horsepower and a handcrafted AMG 5.5L Biturbo V-8 Engine that takes you from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

The Porsche Panamera Turbo houses a 500 horsepower 4.8L V8 that runs from 0-60 mph in just 4.0 seconds.

The BMW Alpina B7 has an aluminum 4.4L TwinPower Turbo V8 engine pushing 500 horsepower that gets you to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Judging by the performance and engine specs, it is a toss-up between these cars. Your choice may ultimately depend on aesthetics, and any additional options available in your car search.

As always, buying used will save you a considerable amount. Feel free to check out the 2011 Panamera Turbo ($157,800) and 2008 S63 AMG ($56,900) currently in our lot, and check back often for similar options!

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

Big Things Can Come in Small Packages…

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment

2008 SLK55 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz SLK is a small roadster with a lot of flare. It has nice lines, a short nose, plenty of room in the cabin, and a retractable hard convertible top. There is a lot to love, but in 2008 Mercedes made 3 different specs. The SLK280 featured a 3.0 L V6 with over 220 HP (not too bad in a small car), and the SLK350 has a 3.5L V6 with 268HP. These are wonderful little roadsters that are perfect for getting the wind in your hair on a sunny day.

Mercedes did create a third SLK though, and its a totally different machine. The SLK55 AMG features a 5.5L V8 with 355 HP. And it is an absolute monster.

Quad Exhaust

From the moment you start it up you know that the SLK55 is something to be contended with. Its quad exhaust gurgles and rumbles as the 5.5L V8 warms up and as soon as you get your foot near the gas it just opens up. There is a ton of torque in the low rev band, and it just gets better as the HP kicks in with more hard acceleration. The car is rear wheel drive however, so you will want to be careful getting off the line since all of that engine doesnt have much weight to toy around.

The SLK55.5L AMG Engine5 isnt a perfect car though, for 5.5L you really would expect the HP numbers to be a bit more impressive. Granted, when you are behind the wheel it feels like power – numbers like 500 or 355 dont really make much difference since you are still going way faster than the last time you looked at the dash. The SLK55 is an automatic, and the shifts are smooth and its very easy to get going off the line (without doing anything embarrassing). When you leave the car in standard mode you can simply drive the car like any other 14 mpg roadster. But as soon as you put your foot down, or hit the paddles to take shifting into your own hands the engine growls and come to life. Then, you know you arent just in some cute little roadster: youre in the smallest AMG V8 monster ever and having an absolute blast!

 

Lincoln Fantaski

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobile made all over the world. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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