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Old 19th November 2004, 19:38   #1
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BMW has a unique DNA but i had to get a C55

Give all of you an update. I just bought a MBZ C55 and drove it for only 100 miles over two days. Here are some thoughts -

BMWs are truely unique - i have owned many and still own a x5 - just sold my m5 to get the c55. all bmw have a similar dna of driver feel and all mbz even amgs have a "softer" luxury feel.

I am getting a friend's 540 2000 6spd in six months as our third car, and i wanted a smaller car car automatic to replace my M5 as my daily "me only" driver.

So i looked at everything from g35, rx-8, to s4, to 330, and of course m3.

c55 ruled the day. I wish bmw had a v8 in a 3 series body....becasue as anyone w/ a m5 knows there is no substitute for the torque/displacement of a v8. And i wanted the feel of a smaller car...since my car will only need me in the car 97% of the time. sipping through traffic and parking lots - smaller is definately better.

i have to say the c55 is really nice inside and out...much improved from teh c32. visually w/ the longer front and w/ the v8 and new interior. but i miss the road feel of a bmw. oh well - in case you wondered....i had a long test drive of the m3 w/ smg....ugh...the smg is very strange in auto mode.

ps i thought for 57k drive out price for a 5.4 liter v8 w/ amg on a mbz germany car is not bad relative to porsches.
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Re: BMW has a unique DNA but i had to get a C55

To bad for the M5, but as long as you are happy.

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Re: BMW has a unique DNA but i had to get a C55

Its faster on the Nordschleife than the E39 M5 Congats to the car, you're the 2nd one getting one of the m5bord.com members.
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Re: BMW has a unique DNA but i had to get a C55

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Its faster on the Nordschleife than the E39 M5 Congats to the car, you're the 2nd one getting one of the m5bord.com members.
where have u read about the c55? what has been some of the "expert" opinions....outside of the traditional US magazines which i have read
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Temperature (Asphalt) 8 Degree Celsius 19 Degree Celsius
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Daimler Chrysler AG
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Weight Distribution % 52%/48% 55%/45%
Weight / Bhp 4,6 Kg / PS 4,6 Kg / PS
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Tires Michelin
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Pirelli P Zero Rosso
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Schwedenkreuz 225 Km/h 231 Km/h
Aremberg 90 Km/h (0,7g) 91 Km/h (1g)
Fuchsroehre 204 Km/h 220 Km/h
Metzgesfeld 178 Km/h 148 Km/h
Bergwerk 98 Km/h (0,9g) 95 Km/h (1,1g)
Kesselchen 203 Km/h 216 Km/h
Klostertal 1 158 Km/h (0,7g) 154 Km/h (0,95g)
Klostertal 2 80 Km/h (0,8g) 79 Km/h (1g)
Pflanzgarten 174 Km/h (0,8g) 169 Km/h (0g)
Galgenkopf 134 Km/h (1g) 124 Km/h (0,95g)
Doettinger Hoehe 248 Km/h 249 Km/h
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Nordkurve 109 Km/h (0,9g) 117 Km/h (1g)
Ausg. Querspange 76 Km/h (0,8g) 75 Km/h (0,95g)
Sachskurve 80 Km/h (0,8g) 78 Km/h (1g)
Opelkurve 93 Km/h (0,7g) 98 Km/h (0,95g)
Goal Straight Line 182 Km/h 179 Km/h
Max. Delay* 10,8 ms/2 10 ms/2
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0 - 80 Km/h 3,9 s 3,9 s
0 - 100 Km/h 5,4 s 5,3 s
0 - 120 Km/h 7,3 s 7,2 s
0 - 140 Km/h 9,3 s 9,2 s
0 - 160 Km/h 12,1 s 11,7 s
0 - 180 Km/h 15,2 s 14,7 s
0 - 200 Km/h 18,9 s 18,3 s
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80 - 120 Km/h 5 s / 6,4 s / 8,4 s 6,3 s / 7,9 s / - s
80 - 160 Km/h 7,6 s / 9,7 s / 12,7 s 12,8 s / 15,9 s / - s
80 - 180 Km/h 13,5 s / 16,9 s / 22,7 s 16,3 s / 20,2 s / - s
80 - 200 Km/h 17,2 s / 21,2 s / - s - s / - s / - s
Braking
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100 - 0 Km/h hot 38,2 m / 10,1 m/s2 36,7 m / 10,5 m/s2
200 - 0 Km/h 152,8 m / 10,1 m/s2 149,7 m / 10,3 m/s2
80% Vmax* - 0 Km/h 152,8 m (80% Vmax =200 km/h) 149,7 m (80% Vmax =200 km/h)
200 - 0 Km/h 5,5 s 5,4 s
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Discs Ø Front 345 mm 345 mm
Discs Ø Rear 328 mm 300 mm
ABS Yes Yes
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cw Value 0,287 0,29
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at Speed 162 Km/h 96 Km/h
Acceleration/Braking
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Evasive Course (110m) 124 Km/h 134 Km/h
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Average 14,7 L 14,7 L
Maximum 20,8 L 19,3 L
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Re: BMW has a unique DNA but i had to get a C55

I havent read any threads yet on it but I would think a bit better than the C32 in terms of feeling but not at all like the M5. C55 has a different front (looks better) so now it can incorporate the V8 instead of the V6 Kompressor from the C32. It is also avail. C55 Estate.
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Re: BMW has a unique DNA but i had to get a C55

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ps i thought for 57k drive out price for a 5.4 liter v8 w/ amg on a mbz germany car is not bad relative to porsches.
That's kind of like saying Porsches are a great deal, relative to Ferrari's.

Anyways, the C55 seems like it would be a very fun car to rip around in. And four doors always comes in handy. I used to drive a e36 M3 sedan.
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Re: BMW has a unique DNA but i had to get a C55

Nice car. I went to the MB dealer two days ago to look at the C55. I looked at the C55 and an E55, but didn't drive either. I felt the E55 suited my needs more in terms of passenger room...particularly in the rear. I suppose the C-class is more comparable to the 3-series and the E-class is more comparable to the 5-series? Oh, and I don't have $80K+ for the E55. The C55 looks low and wide standing in front of the car...much more petite but very capable.
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Give all of you an update. I just bought a MBZ C55 and drove it for only 100 miles over two days. Here are some thoughts -

BMWs are truely unique - i have owned many and still own a x5 - just sold my m5 to get the c55. all bmw have a similar dna of driver feel and all mbz even amgs have a "softer" luxury feel.

I am getting a friend's 540 2000 6spd in six months as our third car, and i wanted a smaller car car automatic to replace my M5 as my daily "me only" driver.

So i looked at everything from g35, rx-8, to s4, to 330, and of course m3.

c55 ruled the day. I wish bmw had a v8 in a 3 series body....becasue as anyone w/ a m5 knows there is no substitute for the torque/displacement of a v8. And i wanted the feel of a smaller car...since my car will only need me in the car 97% of the time. sipping through traffic and parking lots - smaller is definately better.

i have to say the c55 is really nice inside and out...much improved from teh c32. visually w/ the longer front and w/ the v8 and new interior. but i miss the road feel of a bmw. oh well - in case you wondered....i had a long test drive of the m3 w/ smg....ugh...the smg is very strange in auto mode.

ps i thought for 57k drive out price for a 5.4 liter v8 w/ amg on a mbz germany car is not bad relative to porsches.
Congrats on your new purchase,
The C55 is a great new sports sedan, however nothing can be compared to the M5 and nothing replaces the 6spd gearbox....have fun

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