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Old 01-06-2005, 02:47 PM
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Mercedes E-Class AMG News **E63 Previewed by Top Gear (page 2)**







AMG Engine Makes E55 AMG Wagon the Ultimate Automotive Decathlete
LOS ANGELES – The world’s fastest wagon – the new Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG – is making its North American debut this week during news media activities preceding the Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public January 7-16 at the L.A. Convention Center.

While it delivers the same stylish design, sumptuous comfort and versatile utility found on all E-Class wagons, the new E55 AMG wagon also packs the purposeful power of 469 horses and 516 lb-ft of torque, thanks to its 5.5-liter supercharged AMG V8 engine.

The limited-production E55 AMG wagon is the first AMG vehicle of this body type to be offered in the U.S. This model has proven highly successful in Europe, and AMG owners in the U.S. have been asking for this unusual combination of thoroughbred high performance and Clydesdale utility.

The exclusive new wagon also comes with AMG aerodynamic bodywork (deeper front and rear aprons as well as sculpted rocker panels) and AMG 18-inch alloy wheels with staggered tires – 245/40 ZR 18 in front and 265/35 ZR 18 in the rear. Inside, black Birdseye maple trim is standard, and special AMG gauges and sport seats finished in nappa leather upholstery hint at the performance that’s always on tap.

The new E55 AMG wagon stops as fast as it goes, thanks to high-performance four-wheel disc brakes with oversize perforated and ventilated rotors with multi-piston calipers.

V8 Kompressor – The Dual-Personality Powerhouse

The new AMG wagon sprints from zero to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, and the 5.5-liter supercharged V8 engine with a sport exhaust coupled with the Formula 1 style steering-wheel-mounted gearshift buttons and AMG-developed four-stage Airmatic air suspension make it an unforgettable driving experience.

Its 5.5-liter, supercharged and intercooled V8 engine is hand-assembled one at a time by expert technicians at Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, Germany and is bench-tested to ensure top performance. The sturdy V8 engine uses a Lysholm-type, belt-driven supercharger with scrolling aluminum rotors, providing usable boost virtually from idle speed, generating a maximum of 11.6 psi (or 0.8 bar) of boost pressure.

The Kompressor V8 also uses a specially developed air-to-water crossflow intercooler located in the “V” of the engine block beneath the supercharger. The intercooler reduces intake air temperature, creating denser intake air and further boosting power. Other features of the Kompressor V8 include a fast-acting electronic throttle, revised cam timing, high-rate valve springs and lightweight valves.

AMG SpeedShift Gear Selection at the Steering Wheel

The towering torque of the E55 AMG engine requires a high-capacity five-speed automatic transmission with SpeedShift programming that nets 35-percent quicker gear changes. In manual mode, gear changes can also be made by pressing either of the two steering-wheel mounted shift buttons – left side for downshifts and right side for upshifts. If asked (by holding the gear lever to the left when in Drive), the SpeedShift transmission can also switch to an “Optimum Gear Selection” program, automatically downshifting and determining the best possible gear for maximum acceleration in any situation. The SpeedShift transmission will also hold a selected gear under high cornering loads, preventing an upshift in mid-corner. A lightweight torque converter can lock up in all forward gears when conditions warrant. This all adds up to the liveliest, most dynamic performance possible, yet exhibits refinement when driven under normal conditions.

Like all Mercedes-Benz cars, the E55 AMG wagon uses ESP stability control to prevent skids and spins in poor weather driving. However, because the E55 AMG expands the performance envelope, ESP is programmed specifically for the model, with high power, handling grip, dynamics and braking performance all playing a crucial role in its new programming.

Stronger and Safer Than Ever

Underneath the sleek, elegant E-Class exterior is a super-strong body structure that provides a solid foundation for occupant safety. High-strength steel accounts for about 37 percent of the car’s weight, and nearly ten percent of the car is lightweight aluminum, including the hood, front fenders, trunk lid, as well as the front sub-frame and bumper cross members.

Advanced Restraint Systems

Adaptive front airbags deploy with lower force in less severe accidents and with higher force in more serious collisions. The front passenger airbag even takes passenger size into account, getting its signal from a special sensor in the front passenger seat. In collisions, seat belt tensioners remove belt slack, and belt force limiters then loosen the belts progressively, reducing chest loads and gaining greater benefit from the front airbags. A rollover sensor deploys the curtain airbags and belt tensioners if it detects an imminent rollover.

Large-Scale Use of Electronic Braking

An innovative electronic braking system – another Mercedes safety first – is standard equipment in all E-Class models. The electronic braking system provides faster, more sure-footed response, especially in emergencies. Although electronic braking made its industry debut on the SL roadsters, equipping all E-Class models with electronic braking represented the first large-scale use of this revolutionary technology.

With electronic braking, the brake pedal works with an array of sensors, an electrically driven hydraulic pump, a high-pressure reservoir and a computer that tells four fast-acting valves exactly how hard to apply the brakes on each wheel. With split-second accuracy, the system can change brake pressure on each wheel over uneven surfaces and can even increase brake pressure on the outside wheels when braking in turns.

S-Class Derived Dual-Control Air Suspension

The E-Class rack-and-pinion steering, four-link front suspension and patented five-link rear suspension are similar to that of the S-Class. A new AMG-developed four-stage version of the Airmatic air suspension provides unparalleled control of wheel motion on the E55 AMG. Airmatic suspension uses sensors that monitor road conditions, driving style and cornering forces to ensure that the system always chooses the best air spring and shock absorber settings.

The system can switch between different suspension modes in a fraction of a second, and the driver can also select from four pre-set suspension response programs. In essence, the Airmatic suspension system eliminates the compromise between handling and ride comfort, because it automatically optimizes both.

Even Greater Luxury

All E-Class models feature a stylish interior with a sweeping dashboard and center console, soft-touch trim surfaces, elegant wood and chrome trim elements as well as a full array of power amenities such as power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power windows with one-touch up/down operation and auto-dimming mirrors. The limited-production E55 AMG wagon comes with standard four-zone climate control that allows different temperature settings for the rear outboard passengers as well as the driver and front passenger. Also standard on the both the E55 AMG wagon and sedan models is a Harman Kardon Logic 7 audio system that features seven-channel surround sound, concert-quality output and 12 high-end speakers.
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that's a bad ass grocery getter.
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At first I thought that it was just an E class wagon, then I did a double take and saw that it was an E55.

Talk about a sleeper....
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Wow that is neat!
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UberWagon!
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uber ugly wagon
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i saw one in germany this summer, the guy had a car seat in the back and was literally loading groceries into it!
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just wish i had 80k to drop.....BMW needs an m5 wagon and im set....
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needs 4matic to be a true grocery getter, I would get the S6 Avant over this (if they still made it)
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Ooh..now that's a real family man's car.
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Old 01-06-2005, 09:25 PM
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i would never buy a wagon Benz even tho that one will tear it up.
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Originally Posted by CGTSX2004
Ooh..now that's a real family man's car.
Damn Right. I'd luv to pull up an unsuspecting anycarT and smoke it.
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Only a fool would buy an E55 wagon.
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Originally Posted by Black CL-S 4-Life
Only a fool would buy an E55 wagon.
Why is that?
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Not big on Mercedes wagons, now Audi on the other hand..
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well nice E55 but..... i still like the S4 avants more
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Originally Posted by Zoot
needs 4matic to be a true grocery getter, I would get the S6 Avant over this (if they still made it)
Hang on, a new one is on its way!
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Next Gen. Mercedes E-Class News **New CGIs (page 2)**

The rumors is it will look a lot like the GS and it will carry a lot less electro-gadgets. For example, no SBC brakes.



Source: Autobild.de
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Personally, I do not believe it will look like the GS. Let's see what happens.
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MB going down the tubes too when they start copying Lexus (of all manufacturers) design cues.

Though the reduction in electronic gadgets is a huge deal. It's about fucking time they figured it out.
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Damn it seems like the current E class just came out....
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Damn it seems like the current E class just came out....

It's already entering its 3rd year.
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Not happy. My mom just got an 05 EClass.
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MB will copy a Lexus vehicle when....
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I can understand why Merecedes is killing some of the electronic shit in the car. My father had a 99 E55 that was an electronic nightmare. It wouldnt start, the key wouldnt get picked up, brake and tps sensors always went bad, all kinds of sensors went bad. It was a mess.Thankflly it was all under warranty.
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Originally Posted by CGTSX2004
MB going down the tubes too when they start copying Lexus (of all manufacturers) design cues.

Though the reduction in electronic gadgets is a huge deal. It's about fucking time they figured it out.
I think Benz took the electroluminicent gauges from Lexus. And IMO, Benzs look Japanese in design now anyway, taking some Lexus styling cues. Though Benzs IMO are the best looking luxury cars currently.

The current E, is GORGOUS to me, still the best looking of the bunch, with the GS behind it and then the Caddy STS.
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Originally Posted by gavriil
It's already entering its 3rd year.
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MB is now having their full model changes every 4 years like the Japanese automakers?
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Just because they car (in that mag cover) has sharper lines, I still don't think it's a copy of the new GS. Lexus was the company that compied the E's quad headlamps yeas ago.
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Lexus copies mercedes...not the other way around. I highly doubt mb would ever make their cars look like a lexus since most europeans arent attracted to designs of lexus as they are of Mb and Bmw.
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If I wanted a GS I'd get a GS not the MB version of it.
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i like the new MB's design direction. i went to the MB dealer other day, and the cls is the best looking car out there by far.
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i like the new MB's design direction. i went to the MB dealer other day, and the cls is the best looking car out there by far.
Well even though I don't like CLS as much as most people do, I think their designs in recent years are heading to a right direction. Like SL, SLK and ML. The next CL looks promising as well.
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The thing is they can only take out so much of the gadgetry - most of it will have to stay to stay competitive in the category. The interface screen, push button start, keyless entry, MP3 capability, BT interafce, etc. all that stuff has to be in there and that's where the problems could also come up. All the new drivetrains you see now will carry over when the platform and sheet metal changes so there'll be fewer problems there.

And then Chrysler can have another hand-me down platform with which to design a new car.
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Originally Posted by MSZ
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MB is now having their full model changes every 4 years like the Japanese automakers?
I doubt that. German manufacturers usually do new generation vehicles from 5 to 7 years. Sometimes even more.

Just because there is a CGI for it that does not mean that it will be here in a year or two. I am guessing the current E will last for 5 years.
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Autolies posted something similiar for the next gen c-class with some very aggresive headlights a while back. Doesn't make sense since they play it sure and steady. 2nd, it looks like a Lexus which I could never see a company like Mercedes even dreaming of copying.
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Why not, Euro companies looking for more japanese looking cues and vice versa.
Could turn out to be pretty hot.
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i dont think i could see mb doing that
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Why the hell would MB copy Lexus? MB's have the sexiest styling out of all the luxury car makers save for the exotic ones. E, CLS, and S class all look damn gorgeous. Lexus styling is very boring IMO, but their latest cars are getting better, esp the new IS, looks pretty nice.
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Daimler to make all E-class models in Germany - - Reuters / November 11, 2005 - - Source: Automotive News

FRANKFURT -- DaimlerChrysler will make all the different versions of its Mercedes-Benz E-class cars at its plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, from 2007, the world's fifth-biggest automaker said on Friday.

Austrian contract car builder Magna Steyr, a unit of Magna International Inc., has been making the four-wheel-drive version of the E class under licence. Its annual output of the model is around 20,000 cars.

Magna Steyr will keep building the Mercedes G-class SUV in Graz, Austria, said Daimler in a statement. Magna Steyr has made more than 185,000 units of the G class there since 1979.

"By continuing to produce the G-Class in Graz and manufacturing all E-class variants at our main plant in Sindelfingen from 2007, we have found a viable solution for both partners," Mercedes Car Group chief Dieter Zetsche said.
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