Especially that silly name – BMW Z4 sDrive35is. I am alternating between caps lock and normal caps typing “BMW Z4 sDrive35is” and that alone says enough. Yes it may be sublime in its handling and steering feel but with a name like that and a lack of something really silly, like an extremely huge V8 engine strapped on to a tiny coupe chassis makes it less desirable to me.
Of course the Z4 sDrive35is (let’s just call it the ‘Z4’ after this) comes equipped with a 340bhp 3.0liter 6 cylinder and will get you to 100km/h in about 4.8 seconds. But now add AMG’s latest (it won’t be the greatest I suspect as it IS only a SLK) with 415 normally aspirated bhp from a very large 5.5liter V8 which usually has a bucket load of torque it is basically pedestrian in pace.
The SLK55 AMG does the 100km/h dash in 4.5seconds. It basically gets the whole AMG package for the SLK which means the AMG tweaked 7 speed G-tronic automatic transmission, the sports suspension, the bodykit and torque vectoring/brake based stability systems.
What is the actual point of this article then? It’s just to tell you readers out there that Mercedes Benz has previewed the latest SLK55 AMG and that pronouncing 'Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG' isn't a mouthful. It also tells you readers that BMW has got to stop coming up with a car that needs so long a model variant. What the heck is wrong with calling it the Z4 3.0CSL or something like that instead of 'BMW Z4 sDrive35is'?