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.