The facelifted C-Class will be spearheaded by saloon and estate versions of the C55 AMG, the first C to be powered by a naturally-aspirated 5,5-litre V8. We have pictures of the beast...
The Mercedes-Benz C55's engine won't be the first non-supercharged AMG engine in the line-up, that honour befell the current CLK55 AMG. Its peak power output (270 kW) isn't much higher than that of the current C-Class flagship, the 260-kW C32 AMG. However, the C55 produces maximum torque of 510 N.m - 60 N.m more than the C32 - and then there's the rorty V8 soundtrack, with which the C32 AMG cannot compete.
According to the Affalterbach-based division of Mercedes-Benz, the new C55 AMG will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5,2 seconds. The car is fitted with AMG sports suspension and a five-speed Speedshift automatic transmission that can be operated by steering wheel-mounted gearshift buttons.
On the outside, the C 55 AMG is clearly distinguishable from other C-Class models by its front end, which has been extended by around 80 mm in order to accommodate the beefy V8 engine and now incorporates elliptic twin headlamps.
The side skirts, boot lid and rear bumper are also unique to the C55. According to DaimlerChrysler SA spokeswoman Shirle Greig, the car should be launched in South Africa by mid May.
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