Less weight and lots more power make this a German hotrod.
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 is on the way later this year with around 600 horsepower, and the German tuners at Posaidon are saying goodbye to the previous version in a spectacular way. The firm's RS850+ pushes the 5.5-litre biturbo V8 to an astounding 1,020 horsepower and 1,033 pound-feet of torque. The company claims that the result of its work is the most powerful street-legal Mercedes ever.
Creating this beast requires extensive work to the E-Class. Posaidon's technicians replace all the major engine internals, and they beef up the gearbox to handle the copious torque. The more robust components can manage the extra power that comes from adding larger turbos to the powerplant. A re-mapped ECU takes further advantage of the changes.
The result of this work is an all-wheel drive sedan that can hit 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) in just 2.8 seconds. The company limits the top speed to 368 km/h (218 mph) because the tires can't take any more. Don't worry about stopping from such a high velocity because the tuner fits carbon-ceramic 16.5-inch (420-millimeter) brakes with six-piston calipers in front and 14.2-inch (360-mm) four-piston parts at the rear.
Despite still having four doors, the RS850+ is now a two-seater because Posaidon saves weight by stripping out the rear seat and door trim. The company also replaces the front seats with the lightweight units from the C63 AMG Black Series. On the outside, carbon fibre components for the hood, bumper, mirror caps, and rear diffuser take more heft off the scales.
We aren't sure how many people are shopping for a two-seat E-Class, but we applaud Posaidon's work on this project. It's a great way to say goodbye to this model on the eve of the new one's arrival.