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Tuner Tuesday: 1994 Mercedes-Benz 500E AMG 6.0

Pulling together enough legendary names to nearly create it’s own “Justice League”, the Mercedes-Benz 500E saw the combination of two of the most storied names in German automobiles – Porsche and Daimler-Benz. The 500E was sure a serious car out of the box with 320 horsepower and torque to match; but for some, that wasn’t enough. For those enterprising individuals with deep pockets, their Stuttgart superhero saw the introduction of a third legendary name; AMG. AMG had been placing larger displacement engines in Benz models for years, and the 500E proved no different. It even became an official product since Daimler owned a major stake in AMG; the merger would see a new range of high performance out of the box Mercedes models like the SL60 and E60. With a 50 horsepower boost in horsepower and 75 more lb.ft of torque, the 6.0 brought the 500E to another level of performance, chopping nearly a second off its 0-60 times and giving close to Porsche 911 Turbo levels of straight line performance. But while the E60 and SL60 models are pretty rare, it was more common to do what this owner did – ship the car to AMG for a motor swap after purchase:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Mercedes-Benz 500E 6.0 AMG on Classic Driver

Year: 1994
Model: 500E
Engine: 6.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 81,000km (50,332 mi)
Price: E. 49,900 ($63,378 today)

Rare 500 E from the early series, 2 previous owners in Berlin, Full service history with only 81,000 km. The vehicle went as a new vehicle directly from Porsche to AMG and the engine was tuned up there to 6 liters. LHD

If the 500E was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the 6.0 converted that wolf into a bear. An angry, hungry bear. As one of our readers recently commented, if you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly – and the AMG motor made this 500E into the ultimate sleeper. Proving that Germans do indeed have a sense of humor, the added performance of the 6.0 M119 is completely masked by no exterior changes.But just to further shame those 911 Turbo drivers you just dusted at triple digit speed, the 500E badge has been replaced by a “200E” badge. Sure, anyone who knows will spot the menacing flares a mile away, but I’d have to imagine that at least one sporting driver has been crestfallen watching the back end of that Benz pull away in the high speed lane. Considering that very good condition 500Es have been trading for mid-30s and even higher, the asking price for such a good condition car with the engine upgrade doesn’t seem that outrageous – although it’s on the wrong side of the pond for most of our readership and out of budget for a majority looking for this type of car. But for nearly all of us it will just brighten our day to remember these cars are lurking out there, ready to surprise any challengers with their unassuming speed.

Thanks to our reader Walker for this excellent spot!



  1. Ry
    Ry September 30, 2014

    I absolutely love the under-badging…so bad ass! Cool find.

  2. wayne
    wayne September 30, 2014

    click on the link to see the 1991 amg wagon now thats nice!

  3. Brad
    Brad September 30, 2014

    I’ll tell my pop that the world is coming to appreciate his grizzly wisdom. This car is bad ass. Normally I loathe grays and silvers but this is nice because it looks rich and saturated, both inside and out. It almost has a molten, pearlescent, mercury effect. Perhaps just the camera.

  4. Ry
    Ry September 30, 2014

    @wayne – beyond awesome! Great catch!

  5. JLayne
    JLayne September 30, 2014

    There really is nothing like a MB Black Pearl Metallic.

  6. audemars
    audemars October 1, 2014

    Not expensive compared to a brand new loaded E350.
    Never understood when it is mentioned that rare older cars are overpriced. But, the same people are always the ones that miss the market.

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