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 2006 MERCEDES BENZ AMG CLS55 - THE NEW BEAST
         

   2006 Mercedes Benz AMG CLS55 - THE BEAST, Danny's newest pride & joy

Yeah I know it, I am fond of Mercedes. I have supported and cheered their Formula One team Racing for at least 15 years, and I have been a fan of their exotic AMG's for at least as long.

 

And yeah, I know that several of my very best friends consider it an old fart's car. But I know that most that think that way have never owned one themselves, because if you had owned a couple of the ones I have owned, you would have had a love affair as strong as mine!

My gorgeous black 1984 Mercedes 500SL crumpet catcher was my fist Mercedes and I absolutely loved that car. And yes the, a Silver E320 and a black CLK 320 were fine cars, but they lacked the grunt and bad-boy character of the 500SL. I just never had a passion for either car.

So the next time round, in mid 2004 I stepped up and bought THE BEAST, the Mercedes Benz AMG E55. Make no mistake - this was an animal - 469HP and 515ftlb of torque, and by far the best car I had ever owned. I absolutely LOVED that car - every time I climbed in it I would have a blast and I wouldn't stop smiling hours after I got out.


In May of 2005 I had the privilege of attending the AMG challenge event held at Homestead Speedway in Miami. What  blast - for the full report click here AMG Challenge Miami Homestead


I even took my E55 to the Drag Strip Several times, and cleaned up many Corvettes, lots of HotRod Mustangs, Camaros, several Porsche Twin Turbos and even a 600Hp Viper! And in January 2006 at the Moroso Park Drag strip in Palm Beach I managed to beat my best time and run an awesome time of 12.169 at 114.2 mph - my 60ft time was 1.78 on stock tires ! My best trap speed was 115.56 mph! You should see the kids run up to me after a run and ask ..."Dude - what did you do to your Mercedes?"......and I reply ...... "nothing its bone stock - its just my regular grocery getter"!!!!!

 

Click here to see a video of one of my 12.33 second 1/4 mile runs


  January 2006 - NEW CLS55 arrives!

I had this car on order for some time ever since I first saw this photo featured on a Russian Maybach web site back in 2004.

 

The CLS has a way sexier and sportier line than my E55. Its elegant and looks fast even standing still. There are very few bad lines on this car.

The engine remains identical to the E55 - in my onion it is one of the most exceptional engines to ever hit a street car. Its supercharged 5.4L gives a whopping fat 516ft/lbs of torque from 1800 - 4800RPM. Its Horsepower is now eclipsed by the superb BMW M5 that has just been released, but the M5 has to be wound out at speeds in excess of 100mph before it comes alive. The 55K motors provide the most fun in daily driving.

But what makes this AMG 55K motors so seductive is what happens when your foot even just kisses the accelerator pedal. It just leaps forward and screams through 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. It stomps all over a Porsche 911 Twin Turbo off the line. Its only 2/10 of a second off the Dodge Viper to the quarter mile (if the driver can launch the Viper), and kills almost all exotics including Ferrari's, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and others off the line.

I toyed with getting the new just released BMW M5, which has a killer V10 motor making over 500HP, and runs away from the AMG 55's at speeds above 100mph. But to really enjoy the BMW M5, you have to wring it out above 5,500 RPM's in 3rd gear, so you only really get to enjoy the car at speeds where you are likely going to jail. The 55k motor is just the opposite - all its fun is instantly on demand, and most fun at speeds up to 100mph, and that's pretty much the speeds where most of my driving is done.

And the whole time you are encased in legendary Mercedes luxury and elegance - understated and refined. (not like our party photos!). Every time I climb in this car I feel like a little kid and I just cannot get the grin off my face. Its freakin' awesome! Damn I love this car!

This CLS is a little special though - I ordered it with the 030 performance package which includes several minor cosmetic differences, but most importantly it adds a Limited Slip Differential, Composite Brakes, and the top speed is delimited to 300kph (185mph)!

 

Danny's new Mercedes Benz AMG CLS55 Photos

 
     
         

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