The W124 Mercedes 500E was the world's most perfect sedan | Revelations with Jason Cammisa | Ep. 05

15 apr 2021
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There are a lot of misconceptions about the Porsche-built W124 Mercedes 500E, and Jason explains why the 500E and E500 was NOT a Porsche sports sedan with a Mercedes badge. First off, there's not a single Porsche part on the car.
Porsche Engineering Services helped with reengineering the W124's engine compartment to fit in the 32-valve, 4-cam M119 V-8 - for both the 400E and the 500E.
But the 500E doesn't use the same V-8 as the 500SL. It needed shorter connecting rods so that it fit in the same physical space as the 4.2-liter 400E - this way only one structural variant needed to be produced.
The 400E was a response to the Lexus LS400. Why do you think it wasn't called a 420E?
Porsche also did the engineering to bolt up wheels, tires, brakes, and suspension components from the wider and heavier R129 500SL and W124 500SEL. That necessitated fender flares so wide that the 500E didn't fit down the regular W124 production line in Sindelfingen.
For both models, Porsche performed the physical modifications to Mercedes-built W124 chassis, and sent them back to Sindelfingen for paint. The 400E remained there, but because of its width, the 500E was sent back to Porsche, which assembled the 500E at a second Zuffenhausen factory.
With Bruno Sacco's revolutionary looks, aerodynamics, obsession with safety, and Mercedes build quality and engineering might, the W124 was certainly among the best (and most expensive) sedans in the world.
Still is. It's close to perfect. But it's not a Porsche Sports Sedan.

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  • Absolutley amazing car,every time Best🤩🤩🤩👍

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  • Nice I just brought one. (1:64 scale though)

    Luke CollinsLuke Collins4 timmar sedan
  • U made one mistake, its not Mercedes but Saab who made the best sedans.

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  • The 1997 Volvo C70 T5 was the fastest FWD production car in the world 97-98 true or false ??. 1/4 mile : 14.1 seconds . So.. it means the 97 C70 T5 would pulverize a 2004 STI from speeds 60-150 mph ??? I read from Autocar Magazine that C70 T5 and Volvo 850R beated 3 Ferraris 50-75 mph punch . And from Autocar Magazine UK I read that Saab 9000 Aero beated 50-70 mph acceleration was faster than 5 Supercars including Lambo Diablo . Motorweek did 14 seconds the 1/4 mile Volvo C70 T5 . Video : Motorweek 1997 C70 T5 . So. The C70 T5 was faster than a SAAB 9000 Aero 50-100 mph ????? . A mechanic told me the 1997 C70 T5 was the fastest FWD car in the world 97-1999 . And he said faster than a SAAB 9000 Aero he said and also he said the 97 C70 T5 would smoke a 2004-2007 WRX STI on highway 60-150 mph . He said the 97 C70 T5 was faster than a Volvo 850R because it was made by a Racing Company in Sweden . Please can you race a Saab 9000 Aero vs 97-99 Volvo C70 T5 ( Manual as seen in Motorweek ) vs 2004-2007 STI ???? We wanna know if it's True that C70 T5 and Saab 9000 Aero were the fastest FWD cars on planet Earth . And from that if STI can beat them or not 60-120-150 mph . The mechanic is a Subaru/Toyota mechanic and he said C70 T5 would destroy even a Ferrari Testarossa or Nissan R34 . Can we see you Racing if that is true ??? Pleasssse

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  • I worked at a Mercedes Benz dealership for over 19 years (starting in 1988). The500E was an awesome car and fun to drive. The video says no Porsche parts, but I remember standing at the parts counter as they ordered transmission parts from Porsche for a 500E. My friend who still works there had one. He always floored it when we went to lunch. Good times.

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  • Thank you Mercedes-Benz for lobbying ($$$) U.S. congress in '88 and passing the Vehicle Safety Compliance Act.

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  • Perfect in the making, also for your mechanic

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  • My Dad had the 300E 1986, He bought it brand new , This car is indeed the perfect 4 door sedan, built like a tank, straight 6 engine, german engineering at it's finest, very comfortable ride, My dad donated the car in 2015 with 267K miles . Lots of memories

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  • Great film. 400E and 500E are still gorgeous even today.

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  • Very good video

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    • w124 had airbags

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  • Perfect? That old automatic transmission alone makes it totally impossible.

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  • This is great content man! Thank you.

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