2004 Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG Jumps Out on a Ferrari

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A 2004 Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG with a long list of modifications jumps out on a Ferrari 430 on an airstrip.

This interesting drag race between a 2004 Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG and a Ferrari 430 Scuderia was posted on the forum by Alex L in a thread where he was running through the extensive mod list for his high performance SUV. In addition to a bunch of aesthetic upgrades, the OP has added some serious performance upgrades, allowing his ML55 to jump out to an early lead against the bright red Ferrari.

Kleemann-Heavy ML55 AMG

As Alex L explained in his thread, his 2004 Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG has a Kleenmann twin screw supercharger, Kleemann headers and catless mids, a Kleemann camshaft package, a Kleenmann fuel system upgrade and a Supersprint Performance cat-back exhaust system. The result of these upgrades is an output of roughly 550 horsepower, which when coupled with the all-wheel drive system makes this one wicked-fast luxury SUV.

2004 ML55 AMG

He also included a bunch of pictures, but the Flickr account appears to be gone, so the images don’t work and that is why we used the Mercedes stock image above. Fortunately, you can see the actual vehicle in the video above from The Funkyair YouTube channel as it walks away from the Ferrari 430 at the Vmax Hammer event.

Of course, we should point out that on the top end of the track, the Ferrari does come around to beat the ML55 AMG, but with the 430 spinning as it comes off of the starting line – the surefooted Mercedes-Benz is able to jump out to an impressive early lead. Had this been a race on an 8th-mile drag strip rather than a long runway, the ML55 would have easily taken the win, but even in losing, this is an impressive effort for the luxury SUV.

Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist, Club Lexus, F-150 Online, and YotaTech.

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