The Mercedes Benz E500 sedan is a V8-powered muscle car with handling and brakes to complement its’ engine's 302 horsepower, and a new seven-speed transmission. It has three-valve-per-cylinder, single overhead cam, aluminum alloy 5.0-liter V8 puts out 302 horsepower at 5600 rpm, and makes its maximum of 339 lb-ft of torque from 2700 through 4250 rpm.
The air springs and shock absorbers use electronic sensors and and computer-controlled actuation to match suspension response to road conditions, driving style, and cornering force.
The hood, front fenders, trunk lid, and suspension sub frames are aluminum like its numerous suspension pieces. There is increased structural use of high-strength steel as well. The design and construction helps the ride comfort and handling of all E-Class models, but the E500 and E55AMG have a special trick as standard equipment - Airmatic DC (Dual Control) semi-active air suspension,
Powered by a 302-horsepower V8, the E500 comes more standard equipment than the E320, including a seven-speed automatic transmission, a four-zone climate control system with separate temperature adjustments for both sides of the cabin, front and rear, and the variable ADC air suspension.
The 2005 Mercedes E-Class has a strong chassis structure with large front and rear crumple zones, adaptive airbags, a rollover sensor that can deploy side window bags, and ``Tele Aid'’ telematics to summon help in the event of a severe accident. ESP stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes with Brake Assist are all standard.
Options in the E500 sedan include radar-controlled Distronic adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set distance from cars ahead; Keyless Go, a credit card-sized transmitter which allows unlocking the doors and starting the car by touching the door handle and the gear selector; Parktronic obstacle warning, which helps with parking and enhances safety by alerting the driver to objects in front of and behind the car. Also available: DVD-based GPS navigation integrated in the in-dash information management system; voice operation for the phone, audio controls and navigation system; ventilated massaging seats; and solar-powered interior ventilation
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