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?

For more information about Mercedes-Benz or to take a look at any Mercedes vehicle, contact Larson Mercedes.


31 Oct 2012