But not many carjackers would keep up with this E55 on the highway. After raising the suspension slightly with a Renntech lowering module and leaving the photo location, we took off Alpert's blindfold and headed toward the highway. (If he saw the route to this top-secret locale accessible only by this photographer, I'd have had to kill him.) As we approached the interstate on-ramp his hands corrected for a little oversteer on the Mercedes CLS 63 Designo steering wheel, his right foot mashed the go pedal, and we were immediately pushed back into the perforated suede seats as the delightful sound of the two K&N filters pulling air filled the cabin. In about the time it takes you to read this, the Merc was at 60, and by the time you finish this sentence it had rocketed into the triple digits. (Of course, this description can vary depending on how fast you read, but you get the idea.) Basically this Merc has more pull than Mystery thanks to a number of engine mods, including a Renntech Stage 5 ECU and Crankshaft pulley, an 80mm Evosport throttle body, Evosport performance headers, an Evosport Kompressor cooling upgrade package, and Evosport ignition wires.
A sonorous growl emanated from the Eisenmann race exhaust as Alpert bombed through the gears, and we covered the 10 miles back to downtown San Diego where Matt lives, works and plays in no time flat. As you can see from the pictures, we hit something like 150 mph before the Evosport performance brake rotor kit, with front and rear multi-piece floating rotors, hauled us back down to more civilized rates of travel.
Of course, the amalgam of stereo upgrades like the Diamond Audio 10-inch subwoofer gave us something to listen to when the exhaust wasn't at full throttle. So cruising at slow speeds is an enjoyable experience as well.
Once again Group 5 has delivered another knockout punch when it comes to heating up a German sedan. And the fact that Alpert has underground parking means that his chances of getting this Mercedes jacked are slim to none. Just don't let anyone follow you into the garage.
2005 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG
Longitudinal front engine,rear-wheel drive
5.5-liter V8, dohc, 32-valve, supercharged. K&N drop-in air filters, Renntech Stage 5 ECU and crankshaft pulley, Evosport ignition wires, Evosport 80mm throttle body, Evosport performance headers, Evosport Kompressor cooling upgrade package
Renntech lowering module with remote
Evosport Performance Rotor Kit with front and rear multi-piece floating rotors
Wheels & Tires
HRE Monoblok M40, 8.5x20 (f), 10.5x20 (r)
Toyo T1R, 245/30 (f), 285/25 (r)
Brabus carbon-fiber front spoiler, Vorsteiner carbon rear spoiler, Euroteck Motorsports carbon diffuser, flat-black OEM badges, Apex Cone 9006 HID Kit 6000K, PIAA Xtreme White Wedge bulbs, HID foglight kit, Formula One window tint by Lumar, smoked taillights and side mirror lights, gloss black roof
Perforated suede upholstery, CLS 63 Designo steering wheel, Kenwood DNX8120 Headunit with Garmin nav, iPod connector and Bluetooth, Arc Audio KS900.6 Amp
Focal 165 KF (f), Focal 165 CVX (r), Diamond Audio 10-inch subwoofer, Escort Passport 9500ci (Radar/Laser detector)
Peak Power: 600 hp @ 6100 rpm
Peak Torque: 700 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
0-60 mph: 3.9 sec.
Top Speed: 189 mph