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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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<table border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0"> <tbody><tr><td class="testtopic" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap" width="230">M5 E39</td> <td width="5"> </td> <td class="testtopic" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap" width="230"> C55 AMG</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="5" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap"> Test</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Testing Date</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">3/1999 </td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">7/2004 </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Defects during Test</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap" width="195">-</td> <td valign="top"> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap" width="195">keine.</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Temperature (Air)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">10 Degree Celsius</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">16 Degree Celsius</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Temperature (Asphalt)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">8 Degree Celsius</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">19 Degree Celsius</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Air Pressure</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1042 mbar</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1021 mbar</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">The Car</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top">Type</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top">BMW M GmbH
M5 E39</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top">Mercedes-Benz
C55 AMG</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Base Price</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">€ 71400</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">€ 62176</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Manufacturer</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">BMW M GmbH
Daimlerstrasse 19
85748 Garching
Deutschland</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">Daimler Chrysler AG
Epplestrasse 25
70567 Suttgart-Moehringen
Deutschland</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Manufacturer Website</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">www.bmw.com</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">www.daimlerchrysler.com</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Engine</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Displacement</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">4941 cccm</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">5439 cccm</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Cylinders</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">8</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">8</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Valves</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">32</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">24</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Supercharger</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">-</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">-</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Bore x Stroke</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">94 x 89 mm</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">97 x 92 mm</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Compression Ratio</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">11:1</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">11:1</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Power</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">400 PS (294 KW) @ 6600/min</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">367 PS (270 KW) @ 5750/min</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Torque</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">500 Nm @ 3800/min</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">510 Nm @ 4000/min</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Bhp / Liter</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">81 PS / L</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">67,5 PS / L</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Transmission</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Transmission Type</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">0</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Number of Gears</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">6</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">5</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Power Transmission</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">0</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">0</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Gear Ratio</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">3,15</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">3,06</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Chassis / Body</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Length</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">4784 mm</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">4611 mm</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Width</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1800 mm</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1744 mm</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Height</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1432 mm</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1412 mm</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Wheel Base</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">2830 mm</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">2715 mm</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Tank Volume</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">70 L</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">62 L</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Weight</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1833 Kg</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1680 Kg</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Weight Distribution Kg</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">952 Kg / 881 Kg</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">924 Kg / 756 Kg</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Weight Distribution %</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">52%/48% </td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">55%/45% </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Weight / Bhp</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">4,6 Kg / PS</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">4,6 Kg / PS</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Wheels/ Tires</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Wheels (Front/Rear)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">8" / 9,5"</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">7,5" / 8,5"</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top">Tires</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap" valign="top">Michelin
Pilot-Sport</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">Pirelli P Zero Rosso</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Dimension Front</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">245/40/18</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">225/40/18</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Dimension Rear</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">275/35/18</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">245/35/18</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Nuerburgring</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Round time</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">8.28 min</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">8.22 min</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Schwedenkreuz</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">225 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">231 Km/h</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Aremberg</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">90 Km/h (0,7g)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">91 Km/h (1g)</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Fuchsroehre</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">204 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">220 Km/h</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Metzgesfeld</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">178 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">148 Km/h</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Bergwerk</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">98 Km/h (0,9g)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">95 Km/h (1,1g)</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Kesselchen</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">203 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">216 Km/h</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Klostertal 1</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">158 Km/h (0,7g)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">154 Km/h (0,95g)</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Klostertal 2</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">80 Km/h (0,8g)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">79 Km/h (1g)</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Pflanzgarten</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">174 Km/h (0,8g)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">169 Km/h (0g)</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Galgenkopf</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">134 Km/h (1g)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">124 Km/h (0,95g)</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Doettinger Hoehe</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">248 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">249 Km/h</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Hockenheim</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Round time</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1.18,5 min</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1.18,6 min</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Nordkurve</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">109 Km/h (0,9g)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">117 Km/h (1g)</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Ausg. Querspange</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">76 Km/h (0,8g)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">75 Km/h (0,95g)</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Sachskurve</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">80 Km/h (0,8g)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">78 Km/h (1g)</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Opelkurve</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">93 Km/h (0,7g)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">98 Km/h (0,95g)</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Goal Straight Line</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">182 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">179 Km/h</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Max. Delay* </td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">10,8 ms/2</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">10 ms/2</td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">*Ameisenkurve</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" nowrap="nowrap"> </td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" nowrap="nowrap"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Acceleration</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">0 - 40 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1,7 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1,7 s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">0 - 60 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">2,8 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">2,6 s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">0 - 80 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">3,9 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">3,9 s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">0 - 100 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">5,4 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">5,3 s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">0 - 120 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">7,3 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">7,2 s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">0 - 140 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">9,3 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">9,2 s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">0 - 160 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">12,1 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">11,7 s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">0 - 180 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">15,2 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">14,7 s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">0 - 200 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">18,9 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">18,3 s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Top Speed</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">250 Km/h * el. begrenzt </td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">250 Km/h * el. begrenzt </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Elasticity (4./5./6.)</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">80 - 100 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">2,5 s / 3,2 s / 4,2 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">3,2 s / 3,9 s / - s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">80 - 120 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">5 s / 6,4 s / 8,4 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">6,3 s / 7,9 s / - s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">80 - 160 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">7,6 s / 9,7 s / 12,7 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">12,8 s / 15,9 s / - s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">80 - 180 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">13,5 s / 16,9 s / 22,7 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">16,3 s / 20,2 s / - s</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">80 - 200 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">17,2 s / 21,2 s / - s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">- s / - s / - s</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Braking</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">100 - 0 Km/h cold</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">37,8 m / 10,2 m/s2</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">37,5 m / 10,3 m/s2</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">100 - 0 Km/h hot</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">38,2 m / 10,1 m/s2</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">36,7 m / 10,5 m/s2</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">200 - 0 Km/h </td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">152,8 m / 10,1 m/s2</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">149,7 m / 10,3 m/s2</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">80% Vmax* - 0 Km/h </td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">152,8 m (80% Vmax =200 km/h)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">149,7 m (80% Vmax =200 km/h)</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">200 - 0 Km/h </td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">5,5 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">5,4 s</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Brakes Technology </td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Type of Brake</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">Scheiben
innenbelüftet</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">Bremsscheiben Innenbelüftet
vorne gelocht</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Discs Ø Front</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">345 mm</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">345 mm</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Discs Ø Rear</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">328 mm</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">300 mm</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">ABS</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">Yes</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">Yes</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Wind Tunnel</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr valign="top"> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap"> Buoyancy at 200 Km/h*
</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">32 Kg</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">33 Kg</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">cw Value</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">0,287</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">0,29</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="testdatasub" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">*Rear Axis</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" nowrap="nowrap"> </td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" nowrap="nowrap"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Transverse Acceleration</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Standard Courve</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1,1 g</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">1,1 g</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">at Speed</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">162 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">96 Km/h</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Acceleration/Braking</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">0 - 200 - 0 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">24,4 s</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">23,7 s</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Handling</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Slalom Course (36m)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">120 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">122 Km/h</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Evasive Course (110m)</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">124 Km/h</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">134 Km/h</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" align="right" background="Img/topicbg.jpg" nowrap="nowrap">Fuel consumption*</td> <td colspan="4"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Minimum</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">10,5 L</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">11 L</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Average</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">14,7 L</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgh.gif" nowrap="nowrap">14,7 L</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="right" nowrap="nowrap">Maximum</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">20,8 L</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" background="Img/tcbgd.gif" nowrap="nowrap">19,3 L</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="testdatasub" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">*During Test, 98 Octane</td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" nowrap="nowrap"> </td> <td> </td> <td class="testdata" nowrap="nowrap"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="doubletesttopic" colspan="5" align="right" nowrap="nowrap">
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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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mackenzie said:
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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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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