Special Sale: 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 by Lorinser!

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

Lorinser, the tuning arm of the German carmaker Mercedes-Benz, has announced that it has brought back the 450 SEL 6.9. The super sedan, launched in 1975, was based on the W116 model series. Back then, it was the range-topper as it was said to exemplify luxury, fame and power.

Its 6.9-liter V8 engine was borrowed from the State 600 limousine. Maximum torque was rated at 550Nm while its peak power was 286hp (210kW). Lorinser installed wide square plastic aprons in place of the old slim chrome bumpers. In the rear, the same was done.

The rear held a more copious shape with Lorinser double exhaust pipes. The tuner claims that although the car has a hydro-pneumatic suspension system, the car still handles well.

It assures the public that cornering remains very safe, that the road grip is still firm, and that the steering wheel is nimble. Lorinser said that its performance is comparable to the best even in today’s standards.

The super sedan goes from 0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds using its 205/55 VR 16 wheels and the 3-speed automatic gearbox, with a top speed of 225km/h.

BBS provided the multi-spoke wheels since at the time, Lorinser had not been producing its own. To bring the sprint time down, the engineers are recommending wider tires. Pricing is not available yet but interested parties may contact Lorinser directly.

The Mercedes-Benz W116 was just an ordinary car from the ‘70s. But now, it has been thoroughly modernised thanks to Lorinser’s optical package. New wide, square-shaped plastic front and rear aprons have taken the place of the old slender chrome bumpers that used to make the car look flat and uninspiring. The front spoiler with racing grille insert and housed fog lamps seem reminiscent of Mercedes’ next S-Class, the W126.

The large side sills markedly arch toward the rear, which now seems enlarged by the rear apron. From the left side, the big Lorinser double exhaust pipe can be seen jutting out. Upon stepping on the gas pedal, the powerful engine’s 286 horsepower output is heard clearly, letting the car run from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds in a three-gear automatic. However, the relatively thin 205/55 VR 16 tyres provide a little less than optimal traction.

Conversely, the multi-spoke alloy wheels greatly enhance the car’s looks. These are provided by BBS since Lorinser did not market its own wheels. The engine is an 8-cylinder type similar to that on sports cars, complete with dry sump lubrication.

It allows a top speed of 225 km/h. The S-Class’ French-patented hydro-pneumatic suspension system is still able to afford a smooth ride at top speed. Despite its age, the Mercedes negotiates fast corners with stability and control due to the pleasantly responsive Lorinser maximum-grip steering wheel. Overall, this car is definitely not just for casual driving.

Press Release

Lorinser celebrates the reunion with a tuned 450 SEL 6.9 W116

By 1975 the USA had long mothballed its moon vehicles, as with the Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9, W116 series the Germans unveiled a road rocket, whose thrust felt like it could easily rival a Saturn V. The constructors borrowed the engine from the basis of the powerful State limousine 600, which was equal to a Rolls-Royce in fame and luxury. From a gigantic 6,834 cubic centimetre capacity it wrung out 550Nm.

At its time this was an absolute record for a car and in comparison still has enough, to achieve the decisive trump against a current S500. These are sports values which many people would hardly expect behind the "baroque" facade, even though the price of 70,000 Marks for the vehicle at that time represented the value of a commonhold flat. For everyone who didn't really want to restrain the concentrated power, Sportservice Lorinser even then offered an extra-portion of overtaking prestige. The Swabian tuner currently has a corresponding vehicle with modern tuning on show in the Classic Center at its car dealership in Waiblingen.

While the factory version of the W116 was a typical 70s car, thanks to the optical package from Lorinser it was able to make the jump to the modern era. The slim chrome bumpers, making the bodywork seem slim and flat, have been replaced by the technicians with wide, square plastic aprons at the front and rear. It almost seems as if the front spoiler with the racing grill insert and the integrated fog lights served as a prototype for Mercedes in the design of the next S-Class with the factory code W126.

On the sides massive side sills form an arch to the rear, which has also gained in volume due to a new rear apron and on its left side boasts a massive double exhaust pipe from Lorinser. With a firm step on the accelerator you can hear the snorting of 286 horses (210kw), which manage the gallop from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds in a three gear automatic. Unfortunately the tyres, which are thin for modern dimensions in 205/55 VR 16 format, limit the traction a little.

On the other hand the multi-spoke alloys are a real sight for sore eyes: They come from BBS, as in the 70s Lorinser did not offer its own wheels. The eight-cylinder, which like a real sports car has dry sump lubrication, permits a maximum of 225km/h. Even then the hydro-pneumatic suspension system of the S-Class, which is based on a French patent, offers a harmonic ride. For its age the Mercedes takes fast corners extremely coolly and can be controlled with the maximum-grip Lorinser steering wheel surprisingly nimbly. It is therefore a car which doesn't just invite cautious cruising.

Anyone who has now acquired a taste, cannot just wonder at the 450 SEL 6.9 on display, but can also purchase it.

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