The Mercedes high-performance C-Class variant receives no major changes for 2006. The C55 continues into a second year of production, after replacing its V6-powered predecessor in 2005. The C55 is the price entry point for all the AMG-enhanced Benz models.
Mercedes-Benz now offers an AMG version for almost every current model. The AMG badge signifies interior and exterior trim upgrades, more powerful engines, and a sport-tuned suspension.
The C55 houses a 5.5 liter V8, producing 362 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. This engine is teamed with a five-speed automatic transmission which includes three driver-selectable shift modes: standard, sport or manual. The C55 will zip from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, and powerful brakes will return it to a stop in a mere 120 feet.
Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels and tires, ten-way power sport seats, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic interior trim, upgraded instrumentation, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and a sunroof. C55 options include HID headlights, satellite radio, and a navigation system.
Owners express great satisfaction with the C55's nimble handling, smooth power delivery, and stylish and functional interior. Drivers have reported that the C55's ride is best suited for those with sporting intentions. Finer interior details will be pleasing to even the most discerning eye, but the backseat is a bit cramped for larger passengers. Many enthusiasts have also complained about the absence of a manual transmission.