Renntech MercedesBenz CLS55 Autoweek

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Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG

Renntech Mercedes-Benz CLS55

you can take a 4.2-liter 330-hp V8 can get to 62 mph in just 6.3 seconds and presto, it into a 443-hp V8 good for the 62 mph in Photo by Matt Davis.

you can take a 4.2-liter 330-hp V8 can get to 62 mph in just 6.3 seconds and presto, it into a 443-hp V8 good for the 62 mph in Photo by Matt Davis.

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says Hartmut Feyhl, “I am a ashamed to call myself a Not because the calling itself noble (how can making go faster and handle better be but because so many cable TV use “tuner” to describe most who lowers a suspension using Depot C-clamps, or enhances not performance, by bolting on a big, tailpipe extension. “So many of are parts install-ers, not tuners,” says. “It has become almost a

There’s nothing funny the performance or the price of Feyhl’s cars. As president and CEO of Renntech, the company that since has been among the country’s top tuners, Feyhl has a reputation for attention to detail. Renntech typically have the look and of a factory installation, not surprising Feyhl’s childhood home in was located next to the AMG factory, and he at the best-known Mercedes mod shop he was a teenager. By 1986 he had become the director of AMG’s North distributorship, where he built the fast AMG Hammer sedan, a with the weak-willed six-cylinder removed and replaced by a much-massaged V8.

Renntech first came to our more than 13 years ago It Home,” Jan. 11, 1993), we wrote about the company’s essentially a 400E with the balanced, bored and stroked to 6.0 bumping horsepower from 275 to “Think of it as a second-generation Hammer,” the said, “taking advantage of design improvements since the AMG

Speaking of design improvements: We a trip to the Renntech shop, of Miami, to sample a Mercedes Renntech. We’ve gone on as more than impressed by the and performance of the chance-taking CLS, and of a good thing is, well, a thing. The CLS55 AMG’s V8 starts with a healthy 469 incidentally, Feyhl says is 25 hp fewer than the engine puts out—and Renntech’s can take that horsepower to 650.

Those mods huge but sanitary top-mounted intercoolers, an ECU upgrade, a bigger body and crankshaft pulley and stainless-steel headers. A new carbon engine cover air box had not been to the test car, the final of the $37,600 package. Without piece, the supercharger whine and air were louder than likes, but we thought it had a nice, sound. The engine’s bottom Feyhl says, is plenty enough to handle the extra as is the five-speed automatic transmission.

Suspension modifications included a module ($1,495) and a toe-link kit $1,495) that Feyhl is needed to help locate and the rear end, which he tends to walk a bit from to side under very acceleration. The tire and wheel ($7,830) included 20-inch diamond-cut wheels with rubber up front, P295/25 Though Feyhl prefers the tires on the tester were because Nitto doesn’t suitable tires in these sizes. The final performance were 16-inch, eight-piston front brakes, which add Base price of a new CLS55 is mix and match the Renntech goodies, you do the math.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG

We told you Feyhl was good; we told you he was cheap. Much of you’re paying for is an on-staff of engineers and designers, and for Feyhl’s philosophy, which also he will never star in one of makeover TV series where car is done in a weekend. Or a week. Or a month.

On the road this definitely feels beefier the stock model. The tires and mods enhance handling but add to a ride that, while intolerable, is often mildly We’ve never had issues the stock front brakes on the but these larger units the same linear feel and certainly help keep cool on track days.

While the test car didn’t it, Renntech offers a carbon interior trim kit that the standard wood, and a carbon and leather steering wheel. available is $5,150 worth of and rear carbon fiber and side skirts, but we think the lowered suspension and wheel and mods do plenty to set off an already design.

Thumbing through the for the CLS, it appears the real might be a $15,900 upgrade kit for the $64,900 CLS500, which the 5.0-liter V8’s 302 hp to 443 via a Renntech and intercooler, and an ECU upgrade. The company parts and upgrade kits for Mercedes models, as well as and several other brands.

driven perhaps a dozen tuner cars over the and Feyhl’s attention to detail has not as suggested by an all-star clientele from comedian Jerry to country singer Alan to actor/whatever Sylvester Stallone. But to be a customer, it helps to be patient. And

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Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG


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