2005 Kleemann SLK S8

Based on the new SLK 55 AMG from Mercedes-Benz, the Kleemann SLK S8 is a high-performance car with an power output of 596 hp (444 kw). With its Kleemann Kompressor System, that comes as part of the Stage 8 (S8) engine upgrade, this SLK hits 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds.

Provinding power to this roadster is a revised version of the Mercedes-Benz 5.5 litre V8. Major modifications include a supercharger, reprogrammed ECU and special ‘super sport’ camshafts are fitted. To further improve the engines gas flow, this V8 is fitted with custom-developed headers in stainless steel and a twin 70 mm stainless steel exhaust system. This exhaust utilizes four racing catalysts and finishes with two Trapezoid-shaped mufflers.

After the full conversion, the car delivers 596 hp (438 kW) and a peak torque of 597 ft lbs (770 Nm) available at just 2000 rpm. This incredible power is routed through a custom-made Kleemann Limited Slip Differential (LSD) which applies a 60 percent lock-up ratio between the rear wheels. This modification is essential for maximum traction and acceleration.

To meet the enormous performance potential of the Kleemann SLK 55K S8, Kleemann has developed exceptional upgrades for the wheels, suspension and brakes.

The Kleemann SLK 55K S8 comes with a choice between the classic two-piece TM-5 and the three-piece forged TS-6 light alloy wheels. The largest possible combination on the SLK 55K S8 is the Kleemann TS-6 alloy wheel in size 8.5JX19 for the front axle with 235/35 ZR 19 tires, and 9.5JX19 with 275/30 ZR 19 tires on the rear. The special shape of the TS-6 rim star augments aerodynamics as it exhausts the air from underneath the car. In addition to reducing lift this also increases cooling of the brakes and adds to the handling and stability of the vehicle.

To further increase the cars handling characteristics Kleemann has fitted the car with Kleemann Speed Sensitive Suspension which reduces body roll and increases the cars turn-in capability.

Kleemann’s brake system is designed for maximum performance under the most extreme braking tasks. When fitted with the KB-3 system, the Kleemann SLK 55K S8 features vented and cross-drilled two-piece discs with six piston forged and handmade calipers.

To futher refine the SLK, Kleemann can fit aerodynamic parts that emphasize the cars striking appearance. The car’s appearance becomes even more muscular with the low and vuenerable Kleemann front splitter. To balance the front end, a custom rear diffuser panel is fitted and has openings for the Kleemann sport exhaust system.

Another hightlight of Kleemann’s SLK is the interior. They offer an extensive program for the sporty roadster ranging from full leather to a combined leather/alcantara interior. The program also includes a wide selection of individual accessories such as illuminated entrance panels with Kleemann logo, and an ergonomic Kleemann sport steering wheel with a choice of leather, leather/wood or leather/carbon. As a finishing touch, genuine carbon inlays on the dashboard, centre console and door covers create a sporty, comfortable and exclusive feeling.

In Detail

price $ $ 63 974 euros
engine V8 w/Kleemann Stage 8 Tuning
aspiration Kleeman Supercharger System
valvetrain SOHC, Valves per Cyl
displacement 5439 cc / 331.9 in³
power 444.4 kw / 596 bhp @ 5800 rpm
specific output 109.58 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 387.01 bhp per tonne
torque 770 nm / 567.9 ft lbs @ 2000 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD w/Kleemann Limited Slip Differeential
front tires 235/35ZR19
rear tires 275/30ZR19
front brakes KB-3 Kleemann System w/Vented Disc Brakes, 6-Piston Calipers
f brake size x 396 mm / x 15.6 in
rear brakes KB-3 Kleemann System w/Vented Disc Brakes, 4-Piston Calipers
r brake size x 342 mm / x 13.5 in
front wheels F 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 24.1 cm / 19 x 9.5 in
f suspension Kleemann Suspension
r suspension Kleemann Suspension
curb weight 1540 kg / 3395 lbs
wheelbase 2430 mm / 95.7 in
length 4089 mm / 161.0 in
width 1777 mm / 70.0 in
height 1296 mm / 51.0 in
transmission 7-Speed Auto
gear ratios :1
top speed ~249.4 kph / 155.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~3.7 seconds

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