Mercedes-Benz has introduced a station wagon version of its E55 AMG with a monstrous 350 kW supercharged V8 engine. This is one estate car that need not fear comparisons with sportscars, while still being practical.

Mercedes-Benz has introduced a station wagon version of its E55 AMG with a monstrous 350 kW supercharged V8 engine. This is one estate car that need not fear comparisons with sportscars, while still being practical.

The AMG engine has an output of 350 kW at 6 100 r/min from a displacement of 5,5 litres, as well as torque of 700 N.m at between 2 650 and 4 500 r/min. The claimed 0-100 km/h acceleration is 4,8 seconds, while the maximum speed is limited to 250 km/h. The V8 engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with AMG speedshift, steering wheel gearshifting and a manual driving programme.

According to , the braking system has large, internally ventilated and perforated brake discs for improved deceleration figures. This is combined with the electrohydraulic sensotronic brake control. The AMG sports suspension Airmatic DC, with an adaptive damping system (ADS II), features new spring struts with a reduced air volume and thicker stabilisers. Mercedes-Benz says the springs and dampers instantly adapt themselves to the style of driving at any given moment by microprocessor control, and the driver is able to select the required configuration in three stages from comfort-oriented to sporty/stiff at the touch of a button.

Mercedes says the rear axle with its standard level control system guarantees an identical spring travel at all times, despite the load. The load capacity, meanwhile, is claimed to vary between 690 and 1950 litres, depending on the position of the rear seats.

Storage space is ample due to the intelligent load compartment management. The standard appointments include a 1/3 to 2/3 division in the folding, adjustable rear seat backrests, a stowage box behind the rear seat backrests, an additional loading floor with subdivided compartments, an automatic load compartment cover and a tailgate that stays open in any position during the last third of its travel. Available options include an electrohydraulic power unit for the tailgate and load compartment floor, a folding backrest for the front passenger seat and the EASY-PACK load-securing kit for the secure stowage of luggage.

The new high-performance estate features AMG bodystyling as standard, including a front apron with large air dams, prominently contoured side skirts and a new rear apron with a black facing. It also has the AMG sports exhaust system with two twin oval tailpipes and 18" AMG twin-spoke wheels with mixed-size tyres.

Inside, electrically adjustable AMG sports seats, seat heating and a memory function are standard, as are the nappa/nubuck leather upholstery in three different colour combinations, the ergonomic AMG sports steering wheel with gear-shift paddles and the AMG instrument cluster.

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