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1992-1994 MERCEDES-BENZ 500E (W124) specifications


This is perhaps the ultimate undercover performance car. Only the slightly flared arches tell you that it might be more than E-class fodder for a Latvian taxi rank. But lift the bonnet and you find a mighty five-litre V8. Not that it’s a mere shoehorn job, in fact the car was completely re-engineered and even assembled by Porsche. Excited now? Sadly the 500E was only ever sold in left-hand-drive, which combined with a juicy £57,000 price tag means only seven of these M5-baiters were sold in the UK, though others have joined them since.

Production

  • Production:
    10,479
  • Price at launch:
    £57,220
  • Price (excellent)
    £12,500
  • Price (good):
    £11,000
  • Price (average):
    £8,500
  • Price (project):
    £6,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    5.9secs
  • Top speed:
    155.0mph
  • Power:
    320.0bhp
  • Torque:
    346.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    20.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V8
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    mechanical fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, MacPherson strut, wishbone, coil spring, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, multi-link, coil spring, anti-roll bar
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4740mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2800mm
  • Width:
    1880mm
  • Height:
    1422mm
  • Weight:
    1730kgs

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