MercedesBenz ML55 AMG / Lorinson K43 / RENNTech ML60RS / Stillen…

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Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG / Lorinson K43 / ML60RS / Stillen GTM 430 S/C

M Stands for Not to mention, with M-class madness.

Perversion is such a word, and so relative, isn’t it,

Some would say that superchargers, aero kits, tires, cut-down springs, and shocks onto sport-utility — four-wheel-drive trucks, — is the height of mechanical the automotive equivalent of dressing up sheep in nylons and stiletto

Others are more broad-minded and not just Australians. All’s in love and tuning, they and besides, to develop these into hot-rodding street is only to acknowledge the way they are Who cares if you lose an inch or two of angle if you can get through a corner

If only it were that As we learned, the typical road-racing applied to heavy, long-legged, SUVs can create cascading problems, making them tricky to tune. More on later.

The concept of a Mercedes-Benz tuner shootout first last fall when the renowned tuner of the German products, opened its new office in Beach, California. We had longed to put the 582-hp, 7.3-liter, 48-valve M under our electric eye, as proclaims it to be the fastest street-legal vehicle in the world.

Alas, Brabus could not the title-holding M V-12 or a newer, breathed-on three-valve V-8 (400 hp) Fortunately, even without the field of M-class performance proved to be deep and broad, Stillen, Lorinser, RENNTech, and of AMG, Mercedes’ in-house of mischief. We extended invitations to On the appointed weekend, the four and their camp followers up in southern Arizona for some in the dust.

Mercedes-Benz: ML55 AMG

calling AMG a tuner is a bit of a stretch. are in every sense factory built on the same line in as other M-class vehicles.

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This shows in the glossy of the $65,495 ML55, which has a cast-in-place solidity and refinement our other test cars Here the ML55 enjoyed a advantage: It was a 2000 model, its tuner brethren were all 1999 cars. Consequently, the sported the dozens of refinements to the — richer dash and better door sealing, for — while the tuner had to deal with the somewhat build quality and louche of previous models.

Under the power domes on the hood (a note from the 300SL resides an AMG-specific 5.0-liter block equipped with a stroker crank that displacement to 5439cc. This SOHC V-8 is further hotted up a larger-bore dual-resonance intake stiffer valve springs, and modular camshafts. The result is 342 hp at rpm and a lusty 376 pound-feet of torque at

Ah, the wonderful, sensual thrumming of a aspirated V-8! wrote an in the logbook (check his medicine). quiet. Ample reserves of power, wrote another. As in all our the faucet for this liquid is a five-speed TouchShift automatic Our test ML55, with miles on it, surged from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 0.3 second quicker than the we tested last fall. At rate, this summer things will be as fast as

Underneath, the ML55 wears 50WR-18 Dunlop SP Sport on AMG alloy wheels. The ML55 its oversize disc brakes inches in front, 13.0 in back) with the ML430 but them with four-pot Sport-tuned shocks, lowered torsion bars, and rear are all specific to the ML55 and reduce height by 0.6 inch, but in general, tuning over the ML430 is

Accordingly, the ML55 offered ride compliance, supple, soft, easy body over the bumps. It moves as a should, wrote one editor. say floaty, I say absorbent.

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