I have owned many fun cars to drive such as the BMW M3 M5 and M6. I have also owned a modified BMW 335i and Volvo S60R. I have a 1 year old son so I wanted something that could COMFORTABLY fit my family in the vehicle but also something I could take out to car shows and car events. If you haven't sat in the back of a W220 you should try it. PLENTY of leg room in the back seat. The car delivers plenty of power for everyday driving! Over 500lbs of tq and almost 500hp from the factory. What more would you ask for?
My favorite features of the car are the Dynamic Mode where the seats will grab you when you are make a turn or when you hit a certain mph and the pulse feature which is where the seat will massage your back/sides.
I have loved my S55 for 5 years! Perfect combo of ultra-luxury and high-end performance. I was lucky to get the car with a Starmark warranty, which covers the car for 7 yrs/100K miles - The car has had close to $10K in warranty work since the standard warranty expired. This is a VERY expensive car to maintain - the AMG parts are much more expensive than the S500 parts and many dealership service departments don't have the know-how to fix these cars properly. I found a dealership that kept mine running quite well. I will probably sell mine before the warranty expires to avoid the high cost of maintenance. It will be a sad day when I hand off the keys. It's been a GREAT car!
Luxurious interior, Best seats ever, Acceleration, Handling - It's all good!
More advanced technology would have been nice - the limited phone compatibility was disappointing - Nav CD utilized the only in-dash slot on the stereo - should have put that in the trunk...
This is an amazing automobile. With almost 500HP, a fast shifting transmission (with 3 ways to shift - full auto, tiptronic or steering wheel paddles) and excellent handling, the performance is truly outstanding. It's not as much fun to drive as my Porsche. It is, afterall, a sedan, but it's the best sedan I've ever driven. Despite the build quality problems that Mercedes has experienced in the recent past, none of it seems to pop up in the AMG cars. Perhaps the AMG cars get more TLC. The list of standard features is long and luxurious. One of the best is the drive dynamic seats. The side bolsters inflate/deflate in response to lateral G's. Great fun! Expensive, but worth it.
Drive dynamic seats. 3-ways to shift the transmission. Navigation. Air conditioned seats, memory seats. Steering wheel and mirrors, electric folding mirrors. Command system. Xenon headlights. The great AMG brakes.
Move CD changer from the trunk to the dash. Place line select keys on the navigation display. Larger gas tank.
I have had the car for just over a month and I am absolutely in love. It has all the room and comfort of a large sedan, and drives like a rocket. It is perfect for me as I wanted a fast sports car, but have a 2 year old and a newborn. It makes the perfect family car with a dual identity as a tremendously powerful sports car. The best car I have ever owned. Every drive leaves me with the biggest smile. Hammer the throttle and the acceleration pins you to the seats and it is impossible not to smile.
Amazingly powerful engine. Sound of the engine and exhaust note. Room for the family. Acceleration. Dynamic seats. I am lucky enough to have one loaded with all the options and they are worth the extra cost.
Possibly a bit more interior storage room in the front seating area. Nothing else really.
Drive this car and you will never be
satisfied with any car but this car
ever again. You will be changed
forever! You get the thrill and feel of
a race car with the comfort and
appointments of a top of the line
luxury sedan. This car is dangerous
and safe at the same time. Dangerous
because it is very fast and
comfortable, yet safe with state-of the
art safety features. Not for the
undisciplined. You will speed!
493 HP Supercharged V8. Multi-mode
Comfort control seats with unigue
adjustment variables for each occupant;
you have to feel this to know or
understand this. Variable ground
clearance adjustments. Stopping
power. Sound System. Spaciousness.
Integrated cell phone flexibility. Why
just the Motorola V60 and why just the
Mercedes Benz V60?