Vath V50 Mercedes-Benz E 500 with 388kW

If you’re after a high performance Mercedes-Benz large sedan, you have the E 63 AMG. If you want something a little different, you have this, the Vath V50 Mercedes-Benz E 500.

Using the foundations of the E 500 sedan, also known as the top-of-the-range E-Class that’s not fettled by AMG, the Vath V50 kit brings aggressive revisions to the exterior and under the bonnet.

In the engine compartment sits the standard 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. The Vath V50 kit includes an engine computer tune, and custom new air intake system to help the V8 breathe, and a freer flowing exhaust system.

As a result, power is taken from the factory 300kW rating out to a much more serious 388kW output. This allows the executive sedan to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds, down from 5.2 seconds.

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The rest of the V50 E 500 is not left untouched either. The brakes are replaced by bigger six-piston jobs with 390mm discs at the front, while the body features various carbon fibre enhancements and extensions. It’s all topped of with a set of 20 x 9-inch and 20 x 10.5-inch alloy wheels.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.