Longroof lovers, meet the V12 powered S124
If you find the V8 500E sluggish, this is The Benz for you
German tuning company, MKB, owned by Mr Panagiotis Avramidis, has pretty much showed any 90's AMG its place back in the days. To cut to the chase, the guy put a 7 liter V12 in a S124 wagon. Yes. Seven liters.
This 1993 S124 E-Klasse started its life as a humble 300TE, with a smooth 3 liter inline six, meant to have a simple, 'langstrecke' life on the German Autobahn. And yes, it still does Autobahn, but in a much more interesting way.
Back in 1995, the inline six was replaced with a monstrous M120 6 liter V12 from the W140 S-Klasse, the same one that, thoroughly tuned, got to power all the Paganis you lusted about. Actually, not 6 liters - new camshaft, new pistons and new cylinder head, alongside the compression raised to 11:1 - the tuned engine has 6,944 ccm of displacement - naturally aspirated, it develops 528 PS and 730 Nm of torque, sending it to the rear wheels via 4G-Tronic. To put it into perspective, that's 202 PS more (or one proper Golf GTI) more that you get in the 500E, or 147 PS more than the ultra rare E60 AMG.
To squeeze the monster V12 under the hood, the suspension had to be lifted off a SL60 AMG, the battery had to be displaced back into the boot and to keep the V12 cool, a big oil cooler was fitted as well.
The interior had its seats lifted from a 500E, an infotainment from W210 and the tacho all the way to 300 km/h. The bodywork was slightly tuned with parts from the 500E, so it still look very subtle and understated.
It took Mr Avramidis some ten months to complete the engine swap and get the car road legal. The total cost of the conversion was DEM 240,000 which is quite steep compared to listed price of the then offered E60 AMG for some DEM 180,000.
But the exclusivity of this one can't be disputed. It remains in private collection and we can just imagine the thrill of putting this monster down the Autobahn through its paces.
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