On Tuesday of this week, I wrote up a crazy modified Maybach 57S. Beefed up with crazy amounts of horsepower, it was decidedly not understated even though it was dressed all in black. Around the same time, Andrew wrote up a 750Li, talking about how people never give them a second look, but they offer extreme luxury in a very understated package for a modest price. In this vein, I’d like to offer for your consideration this 2007 Mercedes-Benz S600; underneath, it’s the same W221 chassis the Maybach was designed around. That means ridiculous amounts of luxuries and technology at your fingertips. While this model isn’t the nutter AMG S65 model with 600 horsepower (the same drivetain that was in the 57S), it’s still not exactly a wall flower; the M275 was rated at 510 horsepower and 612 lb.ft of torque. If that’s not enough to give you a kick in the seat of the pants, your other ride is probably a F22 Raptor. On top of the Industrial Age power, this particular S600 was ordered with the exclusive “Designo” package in Grapite; it added some beautiful Nappa leather and matte wood accents that really dress up the interior. Outside, while the W221 isn’t the most attractive S-Class produced, I think pulls off the rare feat of looking much better than the W220 it replaced and also better than the newer refreshed W221 and W222 that followed it. And outside, what’s special isn’t that it’s a crazy, slightly overdone AMG adorned model, but a standard S600 – refined, understated, and dare I say attractive:
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As I was headed to the airport this afternoon, I was scanning eBay to kill time on the commuter train and came across this rarity, right in my backyard. A 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 Sportline with, shock of shocks, a 5-speed manual gearbox! The Sportline option was rare enough as it is, with bolstered seating and a tighter suspension. Couple this trim with a 5-speed manual in desirable black over gray leather, and you have a recipe for one sweet, classic Benz. This example is for sale in Northern New Jersey, having been lightly used by its current owner. This is one of those times you’ll see my cursing myself out for having but one parking spot.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 Sportline
Time for another edition of Wednesday Wheels and another peek around the interwebs looking for some neat wheels. This week we have a rare set of Remotec intended for Mercedes-Benz models from the 1980s; they’d look great on a period 500SEC in my mind. Next are a very odd set of Crimson twin-wheels intended for Porsche 911s, apparently. Why? Great question. Redeeming myself partially, I have a set of OZ-made Carlsson wheels that are simply stunning. They’d really look fantastic on an Audi S4 or E500. Finally, rounding things out are a set of Rays Gram Light wheels originally bought for an Audi S4. They’re an unusual choice but mimic the original Quattro’s Ronal R8s. Which are your favorite?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Remotec 5×112 16×8 Wheels on eBay
Sometimes, enough just isn’t enough. The Maybach perhaps personifies that statement better than any other single car produced by Mercedes-Benz. The W221 S-Class certainly is no slouch, even with the smallest motor fitted. But, someone at Mercedes-Benz said it wasn’t enough, so they fit it with a 5.5 liter V12 twin-turbo motor producing 500 horsepower. But then, that wasn’t enough, so they made an AMG version with a M275 6.0 liter twin-turbo V12 which produced 604 horsepower and a mind-bending 738 lb-ft of torque. Insane, right? Well, then someone at Mercedes-Benz said that wasn’t enough, either, and they fit those W221 internals into the even less pedestrian Maybach 57S. In the past few years, Mercedes-Benz has been known for their nutty excess, but even this was really over the top. So over the top, in fact, that very few people bought them – in 2010, despite a budding luxury car market world-wide, Maybach only sold a reported 157 examples of their version of ultimate luxury worldwide, and in 2012 closed down all-together. But some people did buy them, and for them, of course, the standard Maybach wasn’t enough. So off to RENNtech this particular example went for their “package 1″ which involves a reflashed computer and new intercooler pump. Sound mild? The result is 670 horsepower and 840 lb-ft of torque:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Maybach 57S RENNtech on eBay
I always considered the C36 AMG a car with a lot of untapped potential. This was a rather innocuous looking machine for being the first AMG car to emerge from the factory after Mercedes absorbed the tuning firm. It appeared right around the same time as the BMW E36 M3. These were cars aimed at two different markets, with the M3 being offered initially only as a coupe. But when the sedan appeared later on, the choice was clear for those who wanted to row their own in a super saloon. Sure, the later C43 and C55 AMG offered V8 grunt, but they were still automatic only.
GCFSB’s own Dan Crouch just purchased a C43 AMG and has been enjoying every minute. However, we were contemplating just how bad this thing would have been with a 5 or 6-speed manual. Likewise, the earlier C36 AMG might have been loved just a little bit more with that third pedal. However, with 5,200 produced, the C36 AMG is a dark horse in the Mercedes-Benz performance portfolio and a great choice for those seeking a bit of brute force enveloped in formal attire.