So three months have passed up here in Blighty, and it's time to move on from the Mazda 6 I picked up at the auctions when we landed.
And here it is - 2003 E55 W211 wagon. 5.4 litre V8. Supercharged. 7 seats (for spousal acceptance). Full main dealer service history, 68000 miles. I look on it as my personal bid to kick start the Euro with a petrol and tyres fiscal stimulus package.
Fastest car I've ever driven. It's had a tune and derestrict but otherwise stock - est 500bhp+. Looks mint with the charcoal grey mags.
0-100 in 4.5 sec ish. Stock ones low twelves. Great brakes, 8 pot fronts, 2 pairs of pads per massive front caliper. Fly by wire brakes - pedal isn't connected directly to the brakes but via a servo. Feedback on the pedal comes via the computer too. This system has been dropped now - lots of criticisms for lack of feel. Seems ok to me so far though, drives like any other car.
5 speed auto. 7 speed fitted to other E class wouldn't work on the AMG as too many torques.
Shreds tyres with the traction control off. Sounds amazing. V8 burble and banshee supercharger howl.
Just hope nothing breaks - fanciful perhaps with a ten year old performance car but fingers crossed.
Fuel consumption is astronomic too - 25mpg is best I can get on the motorway, 10mpg round town is standard.
Needs cleaning - pics were taken on one of the rare non rainy days so far - it's been a shit spring.
Plan is if this thing doesn't bankrupt me to bring it back on return in a couple of years.
Funny place here. Petrol is pricey. Roads are twisty. Police give no fark for most speeding. The "hoon" word doesn't exist.
The private plates belong to the previous owner - they will be changed to a 53 plate soon.
ps has a banging stereo too