In standard Mercedes fashion, after the departure of the W211 E-class, the base version of the W212 came onto the scene. Soon after that, announcements were made for the coupe and convertible versions as well as the estate wagon. Different engine lines were introduced including the BlueTec Diesels and the standard line of V6s and V8s. The final piece of the puzzle was to add the AMG model. The W212 was to carry to same moniker as the outgoing model, but the new E63 AMG would be an entirely different car.
Mercedes first chose to use the 6.2-liter V8 in the previous generation E-class, but that car was truly made to house the 5.5-liter compressor unit of the E55. This new E63 had plans of being more civilized and more capable in every aspect. Competition in this segment gets stiffer every year and the other German brands all vie for supremacy. These cars are the ultimate sleepers, the ultimate executive sedan, and the ultimate autobahn sled.
People who drive the Mercedes E-class are among the most loyal in the automotive industry; they tend to buy the new generation as soon as possible. Many AMG owners are the same way and for that reason, Mercedes was also careful to make changes that would not rattle the cage too much. Everything has changed for the E63 AMG, but somehow it all feels so familiar…and awesome.
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It’s 1984 and you’re a wealthy individual looking to spend some dough. Clearly the run of the mill BMW or Audi is not going to do the trick so you start looking into the Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Countach. Both were the fastest sports cars of their day and since price is not a concern to you, the only thing that matters is making the best impression on your other rich friends. The thing is, your next door neighbor has a red Testarossa and you see your business partner pull up and squeeze out of his tiny Lamborghini every morning. You need something special. Enter the Hammer.
The W124 Mercedes-Benz is a classically proportioned luxury saloon. The three-box shape, with its clearly defined lines, looks so simple and pure compared to the edgier, more obviously styled lines of its E 63 AMG relative. AMG’s detailing was remarkably low key, especially for the 1980’s. This is going to be a perfect fit for your lifestyle and you can even haul the kids in the back seat if you had too. Can the Merc really hold its own against the Italian thoroughbred racing machines?
You better bet your bottom dollar, because this machine is no joke even when compared with the newest technology from these companies. The 396hp Hammer is going to be more expensive than a Testarossa, but not only will you be the only person that you know who owns one; you will also be doing 190mph which is more than the Ferrari.
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Mercedes certainly offers its own lineup of heavily tuned cars, but for some people that is just not enough. The thought of having a V12 engine in your vehicle is something that most people only dream of and Ferrari owners get to enjoy. The smooth and strong power delivery coupled with a deep growl from all 12-cylinders firing in sequence is the stuff dreams are made of and for some lucky E-class owners the dream has become a reality. Speedriven is a Chicago based firm that we have covered before and their latest Mercedes project is one of the most impressive.
The Mercedes E-class has been a modified platform ever since the original E50 AMG model. It provides the right balance of size and performance capability in order to receive certain upgrades. Brabus was the first company to develop a V12 version of the car and shoehorn the 6.0-liter Mercedes V12 from the S-class inside the engine bay. This version is still being built on the E-class of today, albeit in very limited numbers. One gentleman has been attempting to put a V12 inside of his W211 E-class, but it took him a lot of time to find the engine and somewhat capable of doing the conversion. Speedriven seems to have found the right formula to make this type of swap efficient.
Speedriven considers this car to have “the right” power now that a monster V12 has been stuffed under the hood. That, quite simply, is not true, the right power for this car is the standard 5.0-liter V8. It has considerable thrust and won’t break the bank at the pump. My E55 has way too much torque and enough horsepower to embarrass lesser automobiles on the freeway. I’m not saying this as a bad thing, because I LOVE the torque and it is almost intoxicating. Nonetheless, stuffing a V12 in this car is insane, in a good way. It has become the ultimate sleeper car that could blow the doors off nearly anything that pulls up next to it at a stop light.
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There are certain vehicles that we know are just going to be widely received amongst tuners everywhere. These are the cars that will have more tuning packages than anyone will ever need. The Mercedes E-Class Cabrio wouldn’t be on our top ten list of these cars. However, the luxury sedan has seen packages from Binz, Prior Design, BD Motor, and now, MEC Design. MEC Design’s package for the E-Class is based on the E350 CDI model and only gives way for some small exterior changes.
The package starts off with a 35mm lowering of the springs and a new set of 20" MEC Design mecxtremeIII wheels wrapped in 235/30 + 10.5×20 with 285/25 ZR 20 tires. A new rear diffuser and a new exhaust system with a four pipe rear muffler have also been added, and some light body work can be added on the rear axle if the customer so chooses.
Overall, not a great package, but will make a conservative E-Class owner very happy.
Chalk this car up to one of the many reasons why Transformers 3 can’t come soon enough. Already fielding an impressive line-up of intergalactic robots that turn into cars of varying shapes and sizes, the growing robotic cast of Transformers 3 is going to have a new addition to the line-up: an ’Autobot’ Mercedes E550.
Not a lot of people know this, but Transformers director, Michael Bay, also happens to be a car enthusiast. So when picking a car to play the role of a still-to-be-named Autobot, Bay enlisted the help of Claus Ettensberger and his merry band of tuners at CEC to work on a base Mercedes E550 and give it a nice modification set-up.
Building on two identical models of the car, CEC gave the E550s a custom blue paint job that was specifically chosen by Bay himself. On top of that, the two cars also get a number of CEC enhancements, including a custom aerodynamic kit, a new front spoiler, side skirts, a rear skirt, decklid spoilers, new fenders, and a suspension and exhaust system. Rounding out the modifications are a set of 20” CEC C725 forged wheels with matching Michelin PS2 tires.
Unfortunately, these two cars won’t be going on sale. Instead, they’re going to be thrust into action to defend the planet from the devious and war-mongering Decepticons. Nonetheless, the overall package CEC did on the Mercedes E550 looks very impressive.
Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon drops in theaters on July 1st, 2011, and as fans of what CEC did, here’s to hoping that Michael Bay didn’t ask to build these two cars only to blow them up in the movie. Just sayin’.
With an elegant and refined base such as the Mercedes E-Class Coupe creating a masterful interpretation of the vehicle is as easy as selling an original Van Gogh painting. Sadly, the Cabrio has been receiving most of the attention this year, with tuning firms such as Piecha and Carlsson running towards the drop top version of the luxury vehicle. Prior Design, however, have provided a brand new tuning kit for the 2010 Mercedes E-Class Coupe that will add an impressive body kit and some engine updates ready to increase the car’s power by up to 75hp.
The front of the Merc has been given a new bumper with side vents and a spoiler blade. On the sides of the car, Prior Design added a set of side sills before heading to the back for a rear bumper extension with three fins, a spoiler lip for the boot, and a roof edge spoiler, all available in carbon fiber as an option. The look is completed by a new set of 20" wheels offered in matte black, gloss black, and silver. After adding all of these components, Prior Design went ahead and dropped the ride by about 35mm and then sprinkled the interior with a range of carbon fiber trimmings. Rounding off the tuning kit is a choice of either a tail pipe on the left or a complete sports 4-pipe exhaust system in stainless steel. This option, plus some ECU modifications, can raise the output by up to 75hp, depending on the version of the car.
The full kit adds up to about EUR 5,116, or about $6,684 using the current rates, but each piece can be purchased individually.
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Hailing from one of the GCC countries - Saudi Arabia to be exact - By Design Motorsport works with many different tuners to bring together an array of projects for everyone’s viewing and buying pleasure. We’ve already featured two Porsches, a 911 Turbo by Protomotive and a 997 TT Porschat Edition by BD Motor, but this next tuning project takes the trip from a different German company: Mercedes. By Design Motorsport (BD Motor) has just prepared a package for the Mercedes E63 AMG sedan that provides it with just a bit of aesthetic change.
The changes made to the E63 AMG are equivalent to a few extra brush strokes on a painting. The tuner covered the vehicle in a black exterior color and then continued the darkening right down to the new set of wheels. The obvious highlighting color is then brought out in the red calipers and "AMG" logos placed all over the car’s body.
Overall, it is not a huge change, but not everyone wants the 900hp the Porsche Turbo was capable of after Protomotive got a hold of it. No, some people are satisfied enough with Mercedes’ 525hp V8 engine, including us who feel that that number is more than enough for a luxury sedan. The only thing we might have expected from BD Motor is that they remove the electronic top speed limiter so the E-Class could see more than the standard 155mph.
Long wheelbase vehicles are meant to give extra room for people who can’t seem to get enough of it on their cars. So you would think that having that additional space would be enough for these guys, right?
Well, guess again.
To accommodate those people that want their vehicles to redefine the word ‘spacious’, tuning ‘extentionaires’ Binz has released their latest line of Mercedes E-Class XTEND vehicles meant to give the space needy their due medicine. Measuring a ridiculous 19 feet in length with a wheelbase of over 12 feet, and weighing an eye-popping 4,629 lbs, Binz’s new XTEND line-up will give you all the space you need to have your own party inside the car. The tuning firm’s list of E-Class Estate vehicles eligible to be “extended” – no pun intended – include the E250 CDI, E350 CGI and E500. These three models have their own engine specifications - you’ll see them in one of the photos – so the price tag for all that extending begins at €121,950, or about $163,400 based on current exchange rates, going all the way to possibly around €160,000, or $214,000.
Guess there’s a pretty big price to pay to have all that space in your car, huh?
If for nothing else, at least you can get to roll around town in a car that writes wealth and luxury all by itself.
The German tuner, Piecha Design, is offering a new body kit for the Mercedes E-Class cabrio that can also be applied for the coupe version. Called the Caractére RS, the package makes the E-Class Cabrio look sleeker and sportier.
The exterior package includes a new bumper, new air intakes, new side skirts with lights in them, a redesigned bumper, a boot lid spoiler and a new diffuser that is quite sizable. There is also a new sport exhaust system with 4 exhaust tips (2 on each side). The exterior package is completed by a new set of 19-inch custom design 8-spoke Phantom wheels. There is also a revised roof module which allows the top to be raised or lowered at speeds up to 30 mph.
The tuner didn’t say anything about the interior changes, but we expect to see some modifications in there too. There was also nothing said about any engine updates, but we think that the E-Class Cabrio comes with enough power straight from the factory: a 3.5 Liter V6 that makes 268 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque in the E350 and a 5.5 Liter V8 pumping out 382 HP and 391 lb-ft of torque in the E550.
Vath is already famous for its tuning packages for the Mercedes models. And today they did it again, this time they came with a new package based on a E350 CDI model.
The aerodynamic package includes a carbon front lip, a carbon tail diffuser, a new radiator grill and a tail spoiler lip made in carbon fiber. The exterior package is finished by 20" multi-part light alloy rims with forged rim star.
As for the engine modifications, the tuner is offering you two different possibilities. You can opt only for the ECU modification and you will get a total of 267 HP, or you can also ask for an aluminum made air to air intercooler that will get you to a total of 285 HP. Of course for different prices. The performance package is finished by a new coilover that is adjustable not only in height, but also in hardness – thus warranting for a safe road handling.
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