6 Interesting Facts About the Mercedes Benz E55
- The Mercedes Benz E55 was produced by the German automaker from the years 1999 to 2006. It was originally based on the Mercedes Benz E-Class models, a range of five-person mid-size luxury four-door executive cars in different engine and body configurations.
- After its debut, the Mercedes Benz E55 AMG came out to be quicker than the Mercedes Benz C32 AMG and S55 AMG. It instantly became the fastest four-door car in the Mercedes-Benz lineup at the time. The Mercedes Benz E55 AMG also had a faster acceleration than world's fastest saloon car verified by the Guinness Book of Records at that time, the 2003 Brabus E V12 biturbo.
- According to Motor Trend's time trials, the Mercedes Benz E55's performance numbers have already surpassed the BMW M5. The supercharged E55 can reach 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, 100 mph in only 10 seconds, and the quarter mile in 12.6 seconds. With its top speed of 156 mph, the Mercedes Benz E55 has already earned 14 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg on the highway.
- The Mercedes Benz E55 has used only two versions of V8 engines on its models through the years. In 2002, the E55 model was equipped with a five-liter V8 which generated 349 horsepower and 391 foot-pounds of torque. The following year, the E55's engine displacement grew from a standard five-liter engine to a supercharged 5.5-liter engine that produces 469 horsepower.
- The Mercedes Benz E55 chassis came with adjustable shocks, front and rear multilink air springs, and an anti-roll bar, and a standard Mercedes Airmatic DC suspension with adaptive damping. It also has a speed-sensitive steering system that complements the electronic stability program traction control. Instead of delivering a stiff and hard-edged two-door handling experience like that of a grand tourer, the Mercedes Benz E55 offers the soft handling of a luxury sedan to complement the power.
- In 2007, the Mercedes Benz E55 was replaced by the E63 AMG, a refreshed high-performance model of W211 which became one of the quickest production sports sedans in the world.. The W211 is an executive car developed by Mercedes Benz as a competitive offering to BMW's 5-Series, its long-term rival.