BMW Tours the 5er
2005 BMW 5-Series TouringEnlarge Photo
C-Class, Meet AMG V-8
2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMGEnlarge Photo
The C55 AMG, the sportiest C-Class of all time, is available both as saloon and estate. Under the hood is the 5.5-liter V-8 engine with 367 hp at 5750 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. Compared with its predecessor the C32 AMG, the new C55 AMG has 13 hp and 44 lb-ft more torque. In the C55 AMG the V-8 is teamed to the AMG Speedshift five-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted via steering wheel mounted controls. The sedan accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds; the somewhat heavier (132 pounds) estate needs 5.4 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 150 mph.
Mercedes-Benz' AMG division also reworked the sport suspension with new springs, shock absorbers and stiffer bushings, while the front track is 0.55 inch wider and the steering is seven percent more direct. The C55 AMG is equipped with 18-inch wheels with 225/40 tires in the front and 245/35 tires in the rear. AMG also applied its high-performance braking system, including the newly tuned ESP stability system.
On the outside the sporty version can be recognized by its unique front end with a lower hood, different grille, new headlamps and wider fenders. At the rear the chrome-plated twin tailpipes will not escape attention, nor will the AMG styling and a trailing edge on the sedan's decklid.
The interior of the C55 AMG is equipped with new nappa leather covered AMG sport seats with Alcantara inserts at shoulder height, a sporty leather AMG steering wheel, and a new AMG instrument cluster with classic round gauges. The market introduction will start in April this year. —Henny Hemmes
Crossfire SRT-6 is first Chrysler with SRT badge
2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 ConvertibleEnlarge Photo
Unlike the Dodge SRT versions, which have bold looks and extreme performance, the Chrysler SRT vehicles will be understated and feature refined performance. The Crossfire SRT-6 is equipped with a hand-built 3.2-liter supercharged V-6 with 330 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, teamed to an upgraded five-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick. The SRT-6 will be able to perform the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just five seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. The engine delivers 90 percent of its peak torque in a broad power band from 2300 to 6200 rpm.