The Mercedes-Benz W210 is an executive car which was produced by the German automaker Mercedes-Benz from 1995 through 2002 (production of the wagon variant (codenamed S210) carried over to the 2003 model year). They were sold under the E-Class model names in both sedan (saloon) and station wagon (estate) body types. W210 development started in 1988, three years after the W124’s introduction. The W210 E-class’s appearance, which was designed by Steve Mattin under design chief Bruno Sacco between 1989 and 1991, heralded a new design idiom for Mercedes, which would continue until the W209 CLK. W210 design work was frozen in May 1992 and developed for a show vehicle by late 1992. This design was previewed on the 1993 Coupé Concept shown at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1993. Design patents for both the Coupé Concept and the W210 E-Class were filed on 25 February 1993 in Germany and 25 August 1993 in the US.
There were four engines that AMG installed in the W210. The first was the E 36, M104.995, launched in 1996 for select markets then the M119.980 in the E50 AMG produced from early 1996 until late 1997. This model was assembled in Affalterbach under the one man one engine philosophy, only available in left hand drive European markets although many were exported to Japan from new. It is estimated around 2,800 E 50’s were ever produced in its limited production run. There was also an option for the M119.980 V8 that was bored out to 6.0L (Е60) and increased power to 381 PS (280 kW; 376 hp) the cars these were fitted to were designated as the E60 and came in sedan and wagon varieties. A limited edition 6.3L version, also badged E60 AMG were built in 1996 generating 405 PS (298 kW; 399 hp) and 454 ft⋅lbf (616 N⋅m) of torque. In 1998 came the M113 powered E55 which used a 5.4L V8 SOHC 24V to produce 354 PS (260 kW; 349 hp) and 391 ft⋅lbf (530 N⋅m) of torque.
The body styling on all of the W210 AMG models was the same until 2000 when a facelift and interior upgrades were implemented. The W210 E55 was the last vehicle for which a major portion of production took place at AMG in Affalterbach. Production was actually split between Affalterbach and the Bremen Mercedes Benz facility until the end of 2001.
E50, E60 and E55 AMG – common technical specifications
Front Independent double wishbone with coil springs, gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bar.
Rear 5-arm multilink with coil springs, gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bar.
Brakes Hydraulic dual-circuit braking system with vacuum servo unit, disk brakes, internally ventilated, two piece front “floating” rotors and 2-piston front floating calipers.
Type Rack-and-pinion with speed-sensitive power assist and integrated hydraulic damper.
turns lock-to-lock 3.20
turning circle curb-to-curb 37.2 ft (11.3 m)
Wheels and tires (tyres)
Wheel Size(front) 8.0J x 18 in
Wheel Size(rear) 9.0J x 18 in
Wheel Type Aluminum Alloy AMG II Monoblock
Tires 235/40ZR18 front, 265/35ZR18 rear
Dimensions and weight
Wheelbase 111.5 in/2,833 mm
Front track 61.4 in/1,560 mm
Rear Track 60.8 in/1,543 mm
Length 189.4 in/4,810 mm
Width 70.8 in/1,799 mm
Height 56.9 in/1,445 mm
Curb Weight 3,768 lb/1,715 kg
Coefficient of drag: 0.29 Cd
Power-to-weight ratio: 0.09
Options available Power adjustable front seats, power tilt & telescoping leather-covered AMG sport steering wheel, leather upholstery, leather shift knob, 5 speed automatic transmission, Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability System (ESP), automatic climate control with charcoal filter, heated front seats, heated rear seats, front and side airbags, power windows, metallic paint, xenon HID headlamps. Most of the options were standard in North America. E55 Wagon (Estate) not offered to North American Market.