2005 Kleemann E-Class Is the Only Mercedes Allroad Estate

Say what you will about Audi and the "boring" cars they make, but they are the only ones in the premium market that create offroad wagons/estate… excluding Volvo maybe. We've always wondered why Mercedes or BMW don't have rivals for the A6 Allroad and today we found something interesting, but it's a decade old.
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Say hello to the Kleemann E50KCC, a tuning project launched in 2005 that you probably never heard of before. It's based on the previous generation of the Mercedes-Benz E500T and not only does it have raised suspension, but it also packs a mighty 595 horsepower and four wheel drive.

With 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds, the E-Class crossover made by tuning company from Denmark has performance to match the fastest SUVs of 2015. It also rides 50 mm higher than the standard E-Class and this is done by means of engineering trickery, as the engine and gearbox were dropped 30mm, so ground clearance isn't actually that good.

Special wheels, tires and a full boy kit were all designed around the W211 version of the E-Class Touring. This last piece is what really sells it as an alternative to the Audi A6 Allroad. Just like crossovers of today, it's got black plastic covers for the wheel arches, scuff plates at the front and rear and under-body protection for the engine and gearbox.

As for the power upgrade for the 5-liter V8 engine, this consisting of the Kleemann kompressor, a reprogrammed ECU, tubular exhaust headers and Super Sport camshafts. At the time this project was still available, you could also opt for the V6 powered cars like the E240T of E320T.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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