With a carbon fiber bodykit, big wheels, and more power.
The new, W213-generation Mercedes E Class sedan, launched earlier this year, is a rather handsome thing. Alright, it looks exactly like a C Class that has been blown up 30 percent on a Xerox machine - or an S Class that has been reduced 30 percent - but it still stands out against the distinctly bland Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series.
But that hasn’t stopped Waiblingen, Germany-based tuner Lorinser from trying to improve its looks with a new bodykit. In fairness, if anyone can modify the E Class without ruining it, it is Lorinser, which has fettling Mercs since 1930.
The kit includes a front splitter, rear bumper finisher with aero flicks and tailpipe housings, rocker panel skirt, and rear wing, all rendered in carbon fiber. Lorinser claims the wing generates appreciable downforce, and the whole package improves the E’s aero efficiency. Door mirror caps and tailpipes are thrown in for good measure.
As pictured here, the E rolls on Lorinser’s new, one-piece, forged RS11 alloy wheel, measuring 9.0x21 inches at the front and 10.5x21 inches at the rear. Tires are 255/30ZR21 front and 295/25ZR21 at the rear. A lowering kit drops the ride height, too.
Aluminium pedal finishers, floor mats and illuminated door sills are added to the interior.
Lorinser can boost the power output with a new engine management system, as well, assuming you have the E350d or AMG E43 models. Plugged into the 350d, the 3.0-liter, V6 turbo diesel engine’s vital statistics are upped to 296 horsepower (221 kilowatts) and 513 pound-feet (695 Newton meters). The twin-turbo, 3.0-liter, V6 gas motor in the E43 reached 434 hp (324 kW) and 443 lb/ft (600 Nm) of torque.
There's no word on what the power does for performance, but neither car is exactly slow to begin with.
You can pick and choose from the bits or take the whole lot as a package, which adds €14,935 ($15,847) to the cost of an E43. Money well spent?