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& # 34; Sunday car & # 34;: Mercedes 500 E, taxi-Benz with Porsche genes

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D er The Mercedes 500 E played a special role from the start. Not only because it was the top model in the W 124 model series and had a five-liter V8 under the hood, but because it was developed and built together with Porsche. The Mercedes 500 E was supposed to set new standards, but also made the manufacturing process very complex. Each vehicle shuttled back and forth between Sindelfingen and Zuffenhausen twice until it was fully assembled and could be delivered.

Effort and sportiness included Discretion

But neither the production effort nor the sportiness of the Mercedes 500 E could be seen at first glance. 'The body renounces all sporty signals, effort and sportiness are sold with discretion', stated auto motor und sport in 1990. The body, which was lowered by 23 millimeters, was still the most obvious feature for many viewers. A new front apron helped achieve a drag coefficient of 0.31 and the fenders were slightly flared so that the 16-inch models had enough space. Conspicuous spoilers, wing profiles or rocker panels? You searched in vain.

Five-liter V8 from the Mercedes 500 SL

Arturo Rivas
For the 326 HP petrol engine from the 500 SL, the engine compartment of the W124 had to be expanded and equipped with more stable materials.

On the other hand, the five-liter V8 under the hood of the Mercedes 500 E was anything but inconspicuous. For the 326 PS petrol engine from the 500 SL the engine compartment of the W124 had to be expanded and equipped with more stable materials. The engine itself has been further improved for the 500 E and coupled with a four-speed automatic. In this way, the eight-cylinder whipped the 500 E from 0 to 100 km /h in 6.8 seconds, with a weight of just under1.8 tons mind you. “Here there is waste or, to put it more positively, power in abundance.

The step on the accelerator is always followed by relentless pressure in the lower back, 'is how auto motor und sport described its first impressions of the Mercedes 500 E. However, the fun also had its price, when buying it and at the gas station. The Komfort-Express, which costs from DM 134,520, consumed an average of around 17 liters of super unleaded per 100 kilometers.

Hardy Mutschler
Black cowhide and root wood veneer: the former cost at least 3,374 marks extra.

Fittingly, the interior was anything but thrifty. Highly polished root wood for the dashboard and the door panels were paired with standard air conditioning, electric windows, sports seats, electric seat adjustment, sports suspension, level control and cassette radio. Not to forget: the drive slip control. It was the privilege of the Mercedes 500 E and was only available for an extra charge on the 400 series.

And how can you drive such a 1.8-tonner with 326 hp? “Good-natured like a fairy tale uncle, agile like a nimble sports car and perhaps also comfortable? Yes, that's the most surprising component of the chassis, ”said auto motor und sport back then. With the help of Swabian neighbors, a sports limousine was created that encourages brisk driving without any hectic pace: the character of a lot more touring cars than lawn cars. So there was actually no reasonable reason to give the Mercedes 500 E to the tuner.


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