Six Fast and Fun Facts about the Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG:
- Have you been wondering what the letters and numbers in the E55 AMG's name stood for? Well, the E is taken from the fact that it is part of Mercedes-Benz's E-Class, a range of executive vehicles with Einspritzmotor, a German mouthful of a word that means "fuel injection engine." The 55 comes from the M113 ML55 engine, a supercharged 5.4-liter V8. And of course, the AMG comes from Aufrecht, Melcher and Grobaspach the engineering firm that customized this Mercedes.
- Before they were Hollywood idols, many actors had to work hard to climb to the top but only a few rise to instant stardom because of their good looks, sheer talent, and the X-factor. The Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG should be counted among those lucky few because it starred in the 2002 blockbuster movie Men in Black II while it was just a late 2001 development model.
- The E55 AMG's rise to fame doesn't stop with just one hit. It also starred in the medical sitcom Scrubs. It was the car of ball-busting malpractice lawyer named Neena Broderick (played by Julianna Margulies). The E55 AMG even took part in a particularly steamy yet hilarious scene during a 2004 episode.
- Quite apart from its Hollywood appearances, the Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG has also earned a reputation for being one of the fastest accelerating cars sold in the American market. At the start of this new millennium, it was called "the most desirable sedan in the world" for being a four-door saloon with a lot of luxury features and a visceral appeal.
- If the fact that its engine has 349 horsepower doesn't quite impress you, consider the fact that it can deliver up to 516 pound-feet of torque from 2,650 to 4,500 rpm. It's been estimated that it can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds.
- In 2003, the E55 AMG actually managed to beat its close rivals, the BMW M5 and the Audi RS6, by going up to 150 mph in 22.8 seconds. It even managed to beat the acceleration of the Brabus E V12 biturbo, the car that the Guinness Book of Records called the fastest saloon in the world during that year.