German Muscle Monster

Published by on Feb 28th, 2007, No Comments

The C55 AMG is one monster of a machine. Its potent V8 delivers great amounts of power through an automatic gearbox and promises to delight with performance and soundtrack. The car is great for spirited driving. But what happens if the standard 270kw is not enough to satisfy someone? The answer is to add more power obviously. However a car with the status of a C55 should be modified cautiously. If you go too far then you have every boy racer yapping at your heels at every robot but you still want your C55 to stand out from the standard cars. Kleeman hails from Denmark and caters for Mercedes-Benz with top of the range custom parts.

This C55 was handed to a local tuner but sadly the engine was damaged in the process. A Kleeman engineer was flown out from Denmark to ensure the upgrade was done properly. On went an Autorotor Lysholm supercharger with 0.5 bar boost, a Kleemann exhaust system and an upgraded ECU. To cope with the massive increase in power, a gearbox unit from the SL65 was thrown in. The result is a Euro muscle monster with just over 300kw of power at the wheels and capable of hitting 100km/h in under 4 seconds. On the outside the car now features anthracite alloy wheels to match the SL65 AMG rims. A massive HOP Racing rear spoiler was added and it really suits the persona of the car. The sound of the V8 is incredible and the car will happily do burnouts all day long. The cost of the modification was R280 000 after the R617 000 price of the C55.

Brabus SV12 S Biturbo Roadster

Published by on Feb 6th, 2007, No Comments

The Mercedes SL-Class is set to continue its long success story after the latest product update. The Brabus engineers and designers have left no stone unturned to make the roadster even sportier and more exclusive. Equipped with the Brabus SV12 S Biturbo twelve-cylinder twin-turbo engine that delivers 730 bhp, the SL 600 turns into the world’s most powerful roadster. 0 – 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and 124 mph after just 10.9 seconds speak to its prowess as does its top speed electronically limited to 217 mph.
More power by increasing displacement is one of the core philosophies behind the Brabus SV12 S Biturbo engine. The displacement of the twelve-cylinder three-valve engine is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters with the help of a billet steel crankshaft, larger cylinder bore, special pistons and piston rods. The conversion also includes re-machining the cylinder heads and fitting them with special camshafts.

The peripherals of the twin-turbo engine also play a large role in the engine’s power yield. The Brabus engineers have also developed a completely new turbocharging system with two larger turbochargers and more efficient intercoolers. Metal catalysts with low back pressure let the Brabus SV12 S Biturbo displacement engine breathe more freely.


Dr Z unveils Mercedes C-Class

Published by on Jan 23rd, 2007, 2 Comments

Looking like a proud Pappa, Dr Zee released the new Mercedes C-Class sedan to the world. The replacement to Mercedes biggest seller has been completely redesigned and is being offered in 2 visual formats, the more traditional version and a more sporting face.

Stuttgart — An impressive combination of ride comfort and agility is the hallmark of the new C-Class, which celebrated its world premiere today in Stuttgart. In front of some 600 international journalists from over 30 countries, Mercedes-Benz presented the remake of its biggest-selling model series, which sets a new benchmark with its vigorously elegant styling, state-of-the-art safety technology and versatile product concept.

“With the new C-Class, we are yet again raising the bar in this important segment of the market – and that’s true right across the board, especially in terms of safety, comfort and agility,” declared Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of DaimlerChrysler AG and head of the Mercedes Car Group, at the world pre-miere, which was held in the Mercedes-Benz World in Stuttgart. “With its unique balance of driving characteristics, the fourth C-Class generation em-bodies a new driving culture in the compact premium car segment. We are thus offering our customers the most versatile and majestic C-Class of all time – and, for the first time, in two attractive outfits.”
First Mercedes saloon with two different faces