The Mercedes-Benz specialist Mechatronik brought a Mercedes car to the 2012 SEMA Show that may have looked like a vintage 1971 280 SE Coupe, and did start out as one, but is now something special and different. This vintage Mercedes has been given a lot of upgrades and modifications, including the 5.4-liter V8 engine that powers it. This powertrain provides over 350 horsepower and has a modified suspension.
In this video, Car and Driver’s Sam Smith takes a look at two vehicles: a Mechatronik 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 M-Coupe and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG. Smith talks about the iconic brand that is Mercedes-Benz, the difference between the two vehicles and the similarities.
The CL63 has been performance-tuned by Mercedes’ performance division AMG. The engine that powers it is a twin-turbocharged DOHC 5.5-liter V8 providing 536 horsepower and 590 lb ft of torque.
Sam Smith says of the 1971 SE Coupe, “It has a level of fit and finish you don’t really see many places.” This raises the question, are you a modern Mercedes or a vintage Mercedes kind of person?
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