The company known today as Mercedes-Benz is widely regarded as the inventor of the car thanks to Karl Benz and his Benz Patent-Motorwagen (“patented car”) of the late 1880s. rear-engined three-wheeler with its 954cc four-stroke single-cylinder engine produced 0.75 hp and was the start of an incredible story.
Carwow had the special opportunity to experience some of the company’s biggest hits and test their 0-100 km / h capabilities, although some of these cars have never really been about outright performance. Mat Watson had access to what I personally consider to be the finest car ever, the 300 SL Gullwing, as well as the majestic Pullman and one of the many C111 concepts. Generally, Carwow says the ten cars have a combined value of £ 50million, which is $ 64.2million at current exchange rates.
For a car built in 1955, a 0 to 60 mph time of 9.4 seconds isn’t too bad. We are talking about the magnificent Gullwing with its 3.0-liter straight-six engine producing 215 horsepower at the time. Then there was another car with butterfly doors, the V8-powered C111 with its Dogleg gearbox that was almost as fast as the 300 SL, at 10.28 seconds.
We won’t spoil the full results, just say the classic Pullman was in no rush to hit 60 mph. Carwow then jump behind the wheel of a hugely successful model putting a 230E to the test while enjoying its rock-solid build quality. After that, it’s hammer time, with a 1988 300E AMG powered by a powerful 6.0-liter V8 making 385 horsepower. Mat Watson then tested another performance sedan, the 190E 2.5-16 Evolution, before upgrading to a timeless 560 SEC.
For something more modern, the three remaining cars are the CLK DTM AMG Coupé, a CL 65 and the bonkers G500 4×4.2. Showing how far Mercedes and AMG have come in terms of performance, the latest compact A45 S hot hatch featured at the end of the video is faster than all of those amazing machines, even though a lot of them have much bigger engines.