Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Proves You Should Be Careful Who You Challenge at a Traffic Light

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Sleeper cars are the best kind of cars, period. Not only do they say you're a very confident man who doesn't feel the need to boast with a flashy car, but they also provide some wonderful occasions for humiliating those who do.
In this case, we're talking about a W211 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG with considerable modifications that only show when the car is positioned at the start of a drag strip. Or, as we've said before, waiting quietly at the traffic lights.

The Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG is the kind of car you can drop your kids to school in and nobody would even bat an eye. If anything, they might point out it's a bit old and you should consider changing it - you know, since newer models have increased performances and all.

But after you've left little Timmy for his mathematics class, you can take that well-intentioned man who's so willing to give advices for a ride. And kindly ask him to wear a diaper, since cleaning the seats is expensive and would also require some embarrassing explanations.

The only thing that looks a bit off on this Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG is the rear set of wheels. They use a different type of rim design with smaller diameter. Apart from that, the V8 Kompressor badge on the front quarter panel is not something a lot of people give the necessary respect. Especially in America, where V8s are the norm.

This V8, however, with a 5.4-liter displacement and an IHI supercharger develops 476 hp and 700 Nm (520 lb-ft) in its stock form. At the time of its launch (2003), the E55 AMG was the fastest four-door car in Mercedes-Benz's range and was even faster than the SL55 AMG which was a roadster and used a more powerful version of the same engine. Hell, it even had better acceleration than the 2003 Brabus E V12, the fastest sedan in the world at that time.

To reach the 10.399 seconds mark for the 1/4-mile distance, however, this car had to go through serious modifications. It's got 82 mm throttle body, 185 mm lower pulley, long tube headers, down pipes and 150 shots of nitrous oxide. In other words, it's everything it needs to sting about 100 times harder than it looks.

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