German tuning company Vath recently subjected a Mercedes-Benz E500 to a range of tuning measures that help it compete with the E63 AMG. The E500 gets a set of upgrades that focus primarily on the power and handling of the sedan, but also give it a few subtle cosmetic upgrades. The power now has a fitting look!
The engine optimisation program is know as the V50S package. It can be fitted to any of the post-2011 500-series engines and it features updates to the engine electronics, an enhanced air cooling system and an in-house rear silencer system. These simple modifications are enough to push the E500 all the way to 520hp and 810Nm of torque. Zero to 100 km/h is now possible in 4.5 seconds and the E500 tops out at 300 km/h.
Of course the brakes have also received suitable upgrades. Vath replaced the front system with 390 mm brake discs, 6 piston calipers and new brake linings, racing brake fluid and steelflex brake hoses. The wheels are Vath designs and measure 9×20 inches at the front with 245/30-20 tyres and 10.5×20 inches at the rear with 285/25-20 tyres. Vath chose to stick with the standard Airmatic suspension system.
Aerodynamic upgrades include a new front spoiler, made of high quality carbon fibre, the radiator grille featuring a badge deletion, a carbon fibre rear diffusor and a trunk spoiler lip, also finished in carbon fibre. Inside, a sport steering wheel has been added along with a new speedo. Other trim options are also available.
The full price for the conversion is 32.250 euros plus VAT.