C 55 AMG : Design & Equipment

The new C 55 AMG stands out from the successful models of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class through its dynamic, individual look as well as its exclusive interior equipment package.

One eye-catching feature is the new design of the front end: Because of the new packaging dimensions created by the AMG 5.5L eight-cylinder engine, the front-end module had to be extended by 80mm. The change additionally lengthens the lines of the V8 top model. The radiator grille and the headlights were redesigned along with the front apron and the wider fenders.

The expressive, harmoniously integrated AMG style comes as standard. This includes the new, steeply lowered front apron with large air intakes and round, clear-glass fog lights, the side-skirt cover and the rear apron. The trailing edge on the bonnet cover (saloon model only) reduces the lift by up to 30 per cent and noticeably improves driving stability at high speeds.

The view from the rear is dominated by the twin pairs of double chrome tailpipes that are part of the new AMG sport exhaust system. Their unmistakable V8 sound lends an additional dynamic element to the new AMG top model. The new brilliant-look tail lamps and clear-glass indicators set in the exterior mirrors are also attention-grabbing.

Two different 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels available
The attractive 18-inch double-spoke wheels also serve as a key element in the vehicle’s appealing look. The sterling silver AMG light-alloy rims come in two widths: 7.5 inches on the front axle and 8.5 inches on the rear axle. The wide-profile tyres also come in two sizes: 225/45 R 18 and 245/35 R 18. The car also has optional five-spoke light-alloy wheels that come in the same sizes.

The dynamic character of the C 55 AMG is enhanced by the new, upgraded interior design. Particularly when the car speeds through a curve, the passengers will benefit from the completely new AMG sport seats. Optimal lateral support is provided not only by the reshaped seat cushions and backs but also by the Alcantara inserts in the shoulder area. These are located on the left and right sides of the front sport seats. Each of the outer seats on the rear row has one Alcantara insert as well.

The AMG sport seats are also perfectly suited for long journeys thanks to the electronic height and back adjustment system for the seats, independent seat design and leather perforation, and the AMG emblem on the backs. The exclusive style of the eight-cylinder top model is also reflected in the high-quality nappa leather, which comes in anthracite or alpaca grey and is used on the seats, selector lever and the mid-section of the doors, including the arm rests.

New instrument cluster and sport steering wheel from Mercedes-AMG
The instrument panel stands for uncompromising sportiness. The new AMG instrument cluster with its four classic round gauges shows the great attention to detail that went into the car. It has a series of chrome-trimmed instruments with silver centres, a 320-km/h speedometer, red needles and “V8” and “AMG” emblems.

The new AMG sports steering wheel is a pleasure to see and touch. The handling profits from the steering-wheel rim and the moulded thumb supports. Two gear-shift buttons are installed on the rear of the three-spoke steering wheel. The multi-function buttons that operate the radio and central display are located in the two horizontal spokes.

The interior of the C 55 AMG is outfitted with ornamentation in Alu Linea as standard. Dark birdseye maple is available as an additional option. Brushed stainless-steel door tread panels featuring the AMG logo round out the stylish, dynamic interior.

The C 55 AMG has also profited from the new generation of the C-Class model series. Plastics with new types of grains, attractive uses of chrome and glossy edges on the door trim panels intensify the elegant impression made on passengers.

The comprehensive standard and safety features include:
* Airbag and sidebag for the driver and front-seat passenger as well as window bags for the driver, front-seat passenger and back-seat passengers
* Seat-belt tensioners and seat-belt load limiters for the driver and front-seat passenger and for the passengers on the outside rear seats
* ISOFIX child-seat anchoring in the rear
* Long-cargo channel
* THERMATIC automatic climate control
* Electric tilt/slide sunroof in glass design
* Seat heating in the front
* TEMPOMAT with SPEEDTRONIC cruise control

The options include:
* Audio 50 APS car radio with a navigation system and CD player
* Car phone or mobile phone
* Bi-xenon headlamps with headlamp cleaning
* Surround-sound system
* CD changer in the glove compartment
* COMAND APS with DVD navigation system and 6.5-inch colour display
* designo leather features and designo wooden trimming
* Burglary and theft warning system

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