The E-Class has received its "Racing Genes" from the German tuners.
Vath Automobiltechnik's aftermarket program for the Mercedes-Benz E-500 has a little something for everyone. With added power and new styling, the project is something that Mercedes fans both male and female will both certainly appreciate. The best way to describe the new Vath E-500 is that it is reminiscent of the scene in the 2009 film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" where our favorite Marvel hero first received his Adamantium at Colonel William Stryker's Alkali Base.
Upon completion of the "surgery," a naked Weapon X rips himself free of his restraints and screams to the heavens while brandishing his terrifying claws for the first time. The men in the audience are, of course, thinking how awesome it would be to have indestructible steel claws, while the women can't get over Hugh Jackman's ripped physique. And that moment personifies the Vath E-500. Starting with the E-Class sedan's exterior detailing, Vath has added several lightweight aerodynamic pieces including a carbon fiber front spoiler and a new radiator grille sans Mercedes' trademark star.
A carbon fiber rear diffuser and trunk-lid spoiler also improve the E-500's aerodynamics. A modified sport suspension helps with handling and lowers the sedan's profile as it rides on a set of 20-inch 3-piece Vath forged wheels equipped with bigger brakes. The sports-spec modifications expand onto the interior, where a sports steering wheel wrapped in leather has been equipped while a new Vath speedometer measures up until 224mph. The new speedo is fitting since the E-500's 4.6-liter biturbo V8 has been upgraded significantly with performance to boot.
Thanks to the German's V50S engine optimization program along with new cooling systems, the sedan now cranks out 520-horsepower and 597 pound-feet of torque. When compared to the standard E-500's outputs of 402hp and 443 lb-ft, the program's hefty price tag seems a bit more justified. Able to hit 62mph in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 186mph, the Vath modification kit for the Mercedes-Benz E-500 costs a whopping €32,250.