Sometimes you want a large executive car which can also be sports-car fast. These souped-up execs offer plenty of power for your pound.
1 - Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG (2003-2006)
AMG’s tarted-up Mercs can be a bit brash in their bodywork, but the E55 AMG, based on the third-generation E-Class, is nicely understated. There’s power, pace and poise, of course, but to look at its sedate four-door body (there’s a five-door estate, too) you might not guess it.
A 469bhp 5.4-litre supercharged V8 propels this taxi-rank Merc from 0-62mph in just 4.7sec and on to 155mph, while AMG air springs mean you can chuck it into bends without fuss. It rides well, too, and can cruise across Europe flat out all day.
The interior and oily bits are pretty bombproof, but check carefully for rust. You can buy one now with 100,000 miles behind it for as little as £8000.