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    05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    Engine:
    C55 AMG: 5.5L V-8 362hp & 376 lb-ft.
    CTS-V: 5.7L V-8 400hp & 390 lb-ft.
    SRT-8: 6.1L V-8 Hemi 425hp & 420 lb-ft.
    Transmission:
    C55 AMG: 5-Speed Auto Touchshift w/ Speedshift w/ OD
    CTS-V: 6-Speed Manual
    SRT-8: 5-Speed Auto Autostick w/ OD
    Price:
    C55 AMG:54,620
    CTS-V: 51,295
    SRT-8: 43,295
    Curb Weight:
    C55 AMG: 3583
    CTS-V: 3875
    SRT-8: 4190
    0-60 Times:
    C55 AMG: 4.9 sec.
    CTS-V: 4.7 sec.
    SRT-8: 4.9 sec.
    Quarter Mile Times:
    C55 AMG: 13.2 @ 107.3
    CTS-V: 13.4 @ 109.8
    SRT-8: 13.2 @ 108.1
    Braking 0-60:
    C55 AMG: 116 ft.
    CTS-V: 111 ft.
    SRT-8: 113 ft.
    600ft. Slalom:
    C55 AMG: 67.5mph
    CTS-V: 66.8mph
    SRT-8: 67.3mph
    Skidpad:
    C55 AMG: 0.84g
    CTS-V: 0.90g
    SRT-8: 0.88g
    Car Pics:
    C55 AMG 26.JPG
    C55 AMG 11.jpg
    CTS-V.jpg
    CTS-V 54.jpg
    300c 2.jpg
    Hemi 6.1.jpg
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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    I see it this way:

    Resale:
    1 - C55
    2 - CTS-V
    3 - SRT-8

    Reliability:
    1 - CTS-V
    2 - C55
    3 - SRT-8

    Performance:
    1 - CTS-V
    2 - C55
    3 - SRT-8

    Warranty:
    1 - C55/CTS-V tie
    3 - SRT-8

    Styling, looks, etc. are too subjective and not worth rating. I also don't believe the $43K sticker on the SRT-8. I've posted enough about that so you guys can dig that one up when it finally does arrive and we know for sure. The more I see, hear, read and learn about the competition the more I know I made the right choice.

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    Pimp,

    The comparison I read in C&D had the CTS-V win every performance category over the SRT-8, including the 1/4 mile with the V getting a 13.1 and the SRT a 13.2. I see this as a valid comparison because it was done on the same day, same conditions and same drivers back to back.

    Also on price, the SRT did sticker at 43K with options, but I wouldn't think dealers could keep themselves from adding 10K (at least) mark-ups over sticker like they did on the Ram SRT-10. Heck, they even marked 5K to 10K on the regular 300Cs when they came out knowing they would drop the Hemi in 50% of all 300s built, what will they do knowing there will only be 5,000 or so SRT's built?

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    Can't forget about the 2005 Audi S4 AWD sedan. My oldest son is currently researching for a car purchase in the next year and the S4 was on his list along with the CTS-V (both used of course). He has driven the V but has yet to drive the AWD S4.

    Engine:
    Audi S4 AWD : 4.2L V8 340hp & 302 ft/lbs torque
    Transmission:
    6 speed manual
    Price:
    $45,850
    Curb Weight:
    3825 lbs
    0-60 Times:
    5.10 seconds
    Quarter Mile Times:
    13.44 @ 105.06
    Braking 0-60:
    117 ft
    600ft. Slalom:
    68.0
    Skidpad:
    0.87g

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    if I may quote one of my fellow forum members in expounding on a similar thread: :deadhorse

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    Quote Originally Posted by 6104696
    if I may quote one of my fellow forum members in expounding on a similar thread: :deadhorse

    Seriously Man..............enough's enough. I know it's everyone's right to post at will, but it's threads like these that make this forum a little stale.

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    All I can say to everyone who runs around posting page after page of statistics, trying to divine something useful from all those numbers:

    STOP READING MAGAZINES AND GO DRIVE THE DAMN THINGS

    Statistical comparisons mean damn little. What matters is how it feels, and whether it does for you what you want it to.

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    I know you're fairly new here, Pimp_cadi04.

    No problem in bringing up questions or opinions, that's what this forum is for. You would be better served doing a search first for such threads, especially this type because this comparison is fairly recent and a like one is probably only a couple pages back. Just do a search, find the older thread and add to that.

    Just a suggestion, but hey, welcome to the forum!

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    Quote Originally Posted by JEM
    All I can say to everyone who runs around posting page after page of statistics, trying to divine something useful from all those numbers:

    STOP READING MAGAZINES AND GO DRIVE THE DAMN THINGS

    Statistical comparisons mean damn little. What matters is how it feels, and whether it does for you what you want it to.
    Is that an open invitation for us to drive your M5 to get a feel for it???? :-)

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    There is a post at the 300 forum with same info and question. Same thread author?

    Here's the link: http://www.300cforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2952

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    I have always posted whatever I did on cadillacforums that contains the CTS-V or SRT-8 I post it on the 300cforums. Get the ideas from the 300c forums and from the cadillacforums.

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho
    Is that an open invitation for us to drive your M5 to get a feel for it???? :-)
    Hey, just bring something interesting to show-and-tell. Need to find someone with an old Merc 300SEL 6.3.

    Anyone got a new Z06 coming?

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    Quote Originally Posted by CVP33 View Post
    I see it this way:

    Resale:
    1 - C55
    2 - CTS-V
    3 - SRT-8

    Reliability:
    1 - CTS-V
    2 - C55
    3 - SRT-8

    Performance:
    1 - CTS-V
    2 - C55
    3 - SRT-8

    Warranty:
    1 - C55/CTS-V tie
    3 - SRT-8

    Styling, looks, etc. are too subjective and not worth rating. I also don't believe the $43K sticker on the SRT-8. I've posted enough about that so you guys can dig that one up when it finally does arrive and we know for sure. The more I see, hear, read and learn about the competition the more I know I made the right choice.

    I am a bit perlexed about the ratings, so I did some homework and drove all three vehicles.

    Regarding resale, I researched the 2005 models noted and instead inserted the Chrysler SRT8 as the Charger was not available and has even fewer numbers being produced in 2006. In fact according to NADA trade in numbers to comparable cars with 15,000 miles and same options, the actual rankings are:
    1-SRT8, $45,000 retail, trade in value $38,000--84% retainage of value
    2-MB C55 $58,000 retail, $46,500 trade in value-80% of value
    3-CTS-V, $53,000 retail, $35,800 trade in value-67% of value

    Warranty is correct.

    Reliability is unknown--none are known for great reliabilty, so time will tell.

    Performance:
    1-SRT8
    1-CTS-V
    3-C55
    If you configure the numbers by giving 1 for first, 2 for second and 3 for third, the SRT and V add up to 9 and the Benz to 10. The SRT has one first and 4 seconds, the V has three firsts and two thirds, and the Benz has two firsts, one second and two thirds.

    Just some numbers from a finance guy and a big car guy. I bought the SRT8, but really liked the Cadillac a great deal. the Benz, I just don't get??

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    How dare you dig up a thread where I now have to eat my words. How dare you sir! BTW, did anyone see Florian and I on dancing with the stars tonight? I thought he looked great in that little sequin number.

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    Re: 05 C55 AMG vs. 05 CTS-V vs. 05 300C SRT-8

    CVP, thats so sweet...I picked it myself. Although our dance could have been called "dancing with your finger in my star"

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