35 years of exclusive high-performance cars
Shaping up for the future with two new and remarkable AMG high-performance models
Affalterbach - In a demonstration of its expertise as the Performance Division of Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG GmbH is marking its 35-year anniversary by unveiling two new and quite exceptional AMG high-performance cars. Developing 350 kW/476 hp and 700 Newtonmetres of torque, the E 55 AMG is the most powerful E-Class of all time and sets new standards in the sports saloon segment. Meanwhile, the C 30 CDI AMG is breaking new ground as the first sporty high-performance car to be powered by a diesel engine, leaving it unrivalled in its class. Under the bonnet is a totally new direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine with common-rail technology which develops 170 kW/231 hp and maximum torque of 540 Nm. The E 55 AMG is set to make its debut in Mercedes-Benz sales and service outlets and dealers this October, whilst the C 30 CDI AMG will take the stage in February next year.
The E 55 AMG: setting the pace in the standard sports saloon market
Mercedes-AMG is presenting the new E 55 AMG to take over the mantle of the successful first-generation model, of which some 12,000 units were made. The high-performance powerpack from the SL 55 AMG develops 350 kW/476 hp at 6100 rpm and maximum torque of 700 Newtonmetres between 2650 and 4500 rpm in the new Saloon. And the power is harnessed to outstanding effect: the four-door E 55 AMG accelerates to the 100 km/h mark in 4.7 seconds, and has its maximum speed electronically limited to 250 km/h. Power transmission is provided by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT five-speed automatic gearbox. The manual driving mode allows the driver to change gears via buttons on the steering wheel, as in a Formula 1 racing car.
AIRMATIC DC semi-active suspension, tuned to AMG specifications
In order to ensure that the full engine power at their disposal is transferred to the road, the Mercedes-AMG engineers have redesigned the chassis and braking system. The shock absorbers and springs of the AIRMATIC DC semi-active suspension system adapt instantaneously to the driving situation, and the desired suspension setting can also be selected manually through three stages at the touch of a button. The spring struts, shock absorbers, stabilisers and the electronic suspension control system have been optimised to AMG specifications, as has the power transmission with a new steel rear axle and differential cooling. The high-performance braking system with Sensotronic Brake Control is taken from the SL 55 AMG. Wide-base tyres - 245/40 ZR 18 at the front and 265/35 ZR 18 at the rear - maintain impressive contact with the road surface. The rubber is mounted on eye-catching AMG light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design. The E 55 AMG comes as standard with dynamic AMG bodystyling and new sports seats in an exclusive nappa/nubuk leather combination.
The C 30 CDI AMG: the first ever diesel sports car
Available as a Saloon, Estate and Sports Coupé, the C 30 CDI AMG has raised the bar in the medium-size car category. The totally newly developed direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine with common-rail technology generates 170 kW/231 hp at 3800 rpm, whilst its maximum torque of 540 Newtonmetres is reached between 2000 and 2500 rpm. The performance credentials of the C 30 CDI AMG belie its description as a diesel-powered car. The Saloon and Sports Coupé cover the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds (Estate: 7.0 s), and boast a top speed of 250 km/h (Estate: 245 km/h). However, when it comes to economy, the AMG model is indisputably true to its diesel roots. NEDC combined fuel consumption stands at 7.6 l/ 100 km for the Saloon and Sports Coupé and 7.9 l/100 km for the Estate.
The AMG sports suspension and braking system from the C 32 AMG
The AMG sports suspension system with re-tuned spring/damper elements and stronger stabilisers is taken from the C 32 AMG with supercharged V6 engine, as are the AMG high-performance brakes with internally ventilated brake discs, perforated on the front axle. The AMG light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design are fitted with wide-base tyres, 225/45 ZR 17 at the front and 245/40 ZR 17 at the rear. From the outside, the standard AMG bodystyling underlines the sporting pretensions of the dynamic CDI variants, whilst the AMG instrument cluster, AMG selector lever with "C 30" inlay and ergonomic AMG sports steering wheel (in the Saloon and Estate) give the game away in the interior.
A new engine factory and a new showroom
The additions to the model range have coincided with the opening of new AMG buildings. With a totally new and significantly larger engine manufacturing facility, a magnificent new showroom and another two state-of-the-art development buildings, the surface area of the Affalterbach plant has expanded to 39,610 m2. This investment has put the company in the position where it can meet the increasing worldwide demand for AMG cars.
Since 1967 Mercedes-AMG GmbH has grown from a motorsport and tuning firm into a purveyor of exclusive high-performance cars. The company's wide range of products now features 17 sporty and exclusive cars, catering for the wishes of even the most discerning customers. Mercedes-AMG currently employs some 580 people and set a sales record in 2001 of over 18,500 cars.