The mad mechanics from Mercedes high end tuning arm of AMG are at it once again. Instead of preparing a brand new CLS63 AMG or putting the finishing touches on the C63 AMG Black Series; the trainees are up to no good with some spare parts and an idea.

The innocent Mercedes B-Class is about to receive a serious upgrade from some talented young men and women. A plant manager at an AMG assembly shop is testing his students by giving them a task they can really sink their teeth into. Peter Wesp thought up the challenge and ended up having some of his talented staff take on the project.

Andreas Wurz is a foreman in the technical vocational training department and it was his idea that lent to such a sinister B-class being built. Specific plans were put together, parts gathered and work started on the B55 AMG.

Hit the jump for more details on the B55 AMG.


2011 Mercedes B55 AMG Concept Exterior
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One of the main goals of the project was to leave the exterior of the car largely untouched. Mr. Wurz figured the larger engine they intended to put in would be able to fit into the B-class engine compartment with little modification. Even with keeping the cars “egg” shape, the AMG men were able to put on some nice pieces to increase the appeal.

The paint shop was enlisted to coat this one-off car in white with smoked lenses and radiator louvers. A set of 18” AMG sport wheels set up with 255/35 ZR 18 Y tires at the rear help lend a glimpse at the potential of this car. Coming around to the rear, the custom built exhaust system exits out of the center providing a very distinct look for any AMG car.


2011 Mercedes B55 AMG Concept Interior
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Mercedes corporate had become involved with the project at this point lending a hand with the financing side and having Sindelfingen provide some materials for the luxurious interior. Almost all AMG models feature Alcantara headliners and A, B and C pillars inside – this B55 was to be no different. On-site at the Rastatt plant, where this work was taking place, is Johnson Controls and they were kind enough to provide a set of custom leather/suede seats.


2011 Mercedes B55 AMG Concept Drivetrain
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The B55 really gets interesting when you get under the hood. For starters there is a 388hp 5.5-liter V8. Since the B-class transmission has no business handling real power they swapped it out for a seven-speed unit and engine control unit. Further problems persisted as the engineers moved down the drive train, realizing that rear-wheel drive power would be the best option for this project and replacement of the rear-end was necessary. The older W210 E-class rear end became the option of choice and was installed soon after. After modification to the subframe and undercarriage of the B-class it had been fitted with a new rear-end and prop shaft from the older E-class.

This B-class was not done claiming victims from an AMG parts bin that seemed endlessly at the service of this project. Next up was the C32 AMG whose perforated and internally ventilated disc brakes were a perfect match. In order to make the suspension fit with the rest of the car the AMG technicians got a K&W setup and fitted it to the B55.


2011 Mercedes B55 AMG Concept Exterior
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This is a one-off special product developed on a soon to be replaced B-class platform and will not reach production. Three very good things could come of this little experiment. First, Mercedes may decide to create a full AMG version of its next B-class. Second, there could be more of these one off creations based on older platforms to keep us all interested in the expanding capabilities of AMG. Third, we can only hope that they fully test this car so we can get some real performance figures.

2011 Mercedes B55 AMG Concept Exterior
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Source: Mercedes

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  (399) posted on 12.12.2011

It maybe looks so simple for a concept vehicle, but I must say that it still looks very attractive and lovely on that. Moreover, I’m impressed on the exclusivity of its interior, and I noticed that its center console really looks amazing on it.

  (428) posted on 11.29.2011

The most attracting feature of this vehicle is its sufficient technology which I’m really expecting with a concept vehicle and I’m also impressed with its comfortable and cozy interior. Moreover, I think the engine is already quite good enough for it.

  (333) posted on 10.19.2011

Mercedes B55 AMG is looks so decent on its platform and hygienic appearance, and I’m simply impressed with this one for having a casual design and styling, but it was oozing with car appeal.

  (531) posted on 10.6.2011

I must say that it is one of my favorite compact cars nowadays. It looks so decent which I found so impressive and very appealing. The interior seems cozy and comfortable either.

  (441) posted on 10.4.2011

The platform looks so cute in it, actually it didn’t have any looks of a sports car, but I must say that the hygienic looks give so much appeal on it and I noticed that the interior feature of this is quite impressive.

  (197) posted on 09.13.2011

Seems everyone are so excited on the market production of this one and I can’t blame them why because I feel the same either. Looking forward to its definite date on when will they put this on production.

  (428) posted on 08.3.2011

What attracted me the most is the sufficient technology of this concept and I’m impressed with the interior. I think the engine is quite good enough for it.

  (595) posted on 07.27.2011

The first time I look on the car, it looks like a Toyota model. By the way, It is more ideal if they make a full version of this AMG B-class. I’m looking forward to seeing this one.

  (386) posted on 03.14.2011

I am actually looking forward to an AMG version of the B55 even before this one came up. The car is really great that I knew it deserves the treatment.

  (445) posted on 03.9.2011

This B55 AMG concept is actually rather promising. I have already been wanting to see this version of the B55, and finally, my wish has been granted.

  (579) posted on 03.7.2011

Wow, an AMG version of the B-class! This one is definitely a surprise. A lot of folks owning these cars will definitely be happy, since they have long wanted to put a bit more into the B-class.

  (205) posted on 02.7.2011

Though,we already know that Mercedes is the most and foremost automaker invented that seems to be the in demand and popular,i can say that this is one is snobbish type but have a huge appealing characteristics for me.

  (452) posted on 02.2.2011

is it just me, or isn’t that the same color as the M3 GTS press car that came out a few months back?And just what I wanted, an orange Mercedes.

  (647) posted on 02.2.2011

clearly Halloween came a little early in Australia with a $99.95 MAACO paint job. if only this car came in manual

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