Looking to ball on a budget? Look no further.
Mercedes-AMG,the high performance division of Mercedes-Benz, has made some of the mostdesirable modern cars of all time. Since 1993, when the legendary Germanautomaker first announced its official partnership with AMG, this duo hasturned out some fantastic vehicles that seem to effortlessly combine highstandards of luxury and performance. Just the letters “AMG” bring to mindbadass cars like the SL65, the SLS Black Series, and AMG GT.
There’sonly one problem in this equation: most of these models command outrageouslyhigh prices, making them inaccessible to most motorists. The 2016 AMG SL65,just as an example, starts at a base price of $217,550. Even a pretty worn-in2012 SLS AMG with over 30k on the odometer can run you $150,000 in the US. Thisbrings up a question for the rest of us: assuming that you’re willing to paythe (probably hefty) maintenance costs, what’s the cheapest way to own one ofthese cars? Althoughyou can scour the Internet for a few exceptions, the answer is a mid-2000sMercedes-Benz E55 AMG sedan. Let’s take the 2006 model year car as an example.It’s got a 5.4-liter V8 that churns out 469 horses stock.
Examples of thisonline can be readily found for about $13,000. Not convinced about theperformance capabilities of this ride? Consider this video of it leaving aNissan 350Z in the dust… while it’s hauling a trailer.