2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E55 AMG 5.5L Supercharged
Leather lined rocket sled
This car is sensationally fast. It feels much faster than my 2005 Corvette, even though the published performance figures are virtually identical. The Airmatic DC adjustable suspension produces noticeably different handling and ride characteristics in its 3 different settings, unlike other less-sophisticated adjustable suspensions. What I like best about this car is how it's a smooth, quiet luxury car until I mash the gas pedal - it has a Jekyll/Hyde personality. Very fun. Only complaint is that the harmon/kardon stereo system is not loud enough.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th November, 2005
22nd Mar 2007, 21:46
With 700NM of torque, these monsters have more torque than the 2007 E63, which is meant to be the successor to the E55!
These really are awesome machines. Surprised to hear the complaint about the Harmon Kardon. The sound system could have easily been upgraded. One of the best sound systems I have heard was in an E55.
More surprise is the lack of comments re the prodigious thirst. The E55 really knows how to drink when it is performing.
23rd Mar 2007, 10:43
In this class of car fuel consumption really isn't an issue, especially when the car is sort of competing with something like the Maserati Quattroporte which is EPA rated at around 9 mpg city.
Personally I'm waiting for some sort of hybrid/fuel cell/advanced diesel that offers the same amount of performance as the gas AMGs.
Normally Mercedes wouldn't touch that in this class of car, but EU regulations are going to start getting more stringent so they will have to find a happy medium.