Mercedes-Benz E 500

The Mercedes- Benz E 500 has earned a number of appropriate monikers. It has been called the "Velvet Hammer", and a "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing". Performance wise, the E 500 has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.5 seconds and a quarter mile acceleration time of 14.1 seconds. Over that span it had reached a speed of 101 mph. Of course, as with many other models and manufacturers, the top speed was electronically limited to 155 mph. Fuel wise, it was rated to get 14 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. The W124 was the internal chassis-designation for the 1986 to 1995 version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The W124 models replaced the W123 models after 1985 and were superseded by the W210 E-Class after 1995. Mercedes also included a sport version of the W124, the 500 E, which was created in close partnership with Porsche. Each 500E was hand-built by Porsche, and then transported back and forth between the Mercedes plant and Porsche's Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen. As a result of this, it took a full 18 days to complete each model. Incredibly, between 1991 and 1995, Mercedes and Porsche jointly built a total of 10, 479 500 E's. Of these, 1,505 of the super sports sedans made their way into the United States between 1992-1994. This comes out to roughly 500 cars per year of importation. It was called the 500E through model year 1993, and in 1994 it was face-lifted along with the rest of the range and rebadged the E500. The 500E had a 32-valve V8 engine delivering 322 hp with the engine being derived from the R129 500SL roadster. Sports car braking performance also came from SL components: front SL500 300mm disks with 4-piston calipers came installed on the 1992 and early 1993 cars.