The 55 AMG looks macho in white, with black detailing. The car gets a smart new LED DRL strip, matt black 18-inch wheels, and a new diffuser with four hot looking AMG tail pipes.
The interiors look sporty: The seats are spacious, supportive and comfortable; their deep red leather trim extends to the doors; there’s a smart carbon fibre finish on the centre console and door trim. There are some smart touches, like the movable wind deflectors behind the seats and the air scarf system.
AMG cars are almost always dominated by the engine and the 55 AMG gets a masterpiece: 421 PS of peak power at 6,800 rpm, and 540 Nm of twisting force at 4,500 rpm; it comes with AMG Cylinder Management technology that shuts off half the cylinders at a lighter load, making it more efficient.
It’s obviously fast, and even without launch control it shot to 100 kmph from a standstill in 5.4 seconds. Top speed is limited at 250 kmph. It sounds like a proper AMG: The V8 burbles at idle and bellows at the redline, while making quick and aural rev-matched downshifts.
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(This story appears in the 21 February, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)