Mercedes-Benz 500
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 500
Mercedes-Benz 500

The Mercedes-Benz 500 was called the "Velvet Hammer" by Mercedes, and a "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" by the press. It certainly deserved these nicknames, as it was a true power performer. The performance tests exist to back this claim as they yielded very impressive results: the 500 had a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 5.5 seconds and accelerated through the quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds reaching 101 mph in that stretch. As with many models, the top speed was electronically limited to 155 mph. In terms of fuel efficiency, things could have been a wee bit better given that it was rated at 14 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway, granted performance vehicles are usually not known for their fuel efficiency. Mercedes also included a sport model of the 500, which was created in close cooperation with Porsche. These special editions were a dream to be had. Each and every 500E was hand-built by Porsche, and had to be transported back and forth between the Mercedes plant and Porsche's Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen during assembly. It took a full 18 days to complete each model making them very labor intensive nonetheless. Impressively though, between 1991 and 1995, Mercedes and Porsche in cooperation built a total of 10,479 500E's. Of those built, 1,505 of the super sports sedans were imported into the United States between 1992 and 1994. This came out to roughly 500 cars per year. The model retained the 500E name through model year 1993, and in 1994 it was face-lifted along with the rest of the range and renamed the E500 out of simplicity. It seems though that this new naming scheme took away some of the uniqueness of owning a special edition, as now your special edition was called the same thing as all the other models in the series.

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