Mercedes is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 500 E by taking a look back at the V8-powered model.

Mercedes is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 500 E by taking a look back at the V8-powered model.

Originally unveiled at the 1990 Paris Motor Show, the 500 E featured sportier styling and a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produced 326 PS (240 kW).  It was connected to a four-speed automatic transmission which enabled the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Unfortunately, that performance wasn't cheap as the car stickered for 134,520 deutschmarks which was more than twice as much as the 300 E.

Interestingly, the 500 E was jointly developed with Porsche as Mercedes had "somewhat stretched" their own development capacity.  Porsche also handled the final assembly of the car.

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