The 500E is one of the strangest Mercedes models every built. The W124 chassis was significantly reworked in cooperation with Porsche to fit a 5.0-liter V-8 from a Mercedes SL. Then, since Porsche had a lot of underutilized production capacity and not a lot of money, Mercedes had the company assemble 500Es at its plant in Zuffenhausen. It was a weird arrangement that created a wild car. But now, EngineSwapDepot has found a man in Kazakhstan that made his 500E even crazier.
That hero—who goes by w124036amg online—dropped an entire W211 (2007-2009) E63 drivetrain into a 500E body. The result is a 1991 Mercedes sedan producing 507 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, massive improvements over the 322 hp and 354 lb-ft that a standard 500E made. It’ll also probably make better use of that power, as the 7-speed automatic from the E63 is much advanced than the four-speed automatic that came standard on every 500E.
But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a much more powerful 500E. Tuning company Renntech made an “E 60” kit back in the 500E’s heyday, massively increasing the car’s performance potential. For $19,000 at the time, Renntech replaced the 5.0-liter engine with a massive 6.0, boosting power closer to 400 hp. It also included upgraded suspension and a limited-slip differential, plus AMG monoblocks.
Despite all of this, we’d still expect the E63-swapped 500E to leave an E 60 for dead. Large tuning companies can get you a long way, but nothing beat 15 years of powertrain advancement enabling an owner that’s rich and creative enough to pull off a wild swap.
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