Mercedes-Benz E 500 Driver Trying to Tafheet in Russia

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Despite the fact that it seems to have been filmed with some kind of potato, the following video shows plenty of details that could very well be characterized as moronic and highly-illegal.
In short, it is a black Mercedes-Benz E 500 of the W124 variety, whose driver thinks that he is some kind of Russian Ken Block and tries to drift his rather awesome black sports sedan through the dusty roads of some town in Russia. Or is that former Ukraine? We don't know.

The facts remain though, that is no way of handling a modern classic like the somewhat rare Mercedes-Benz E 500 (W124), especially since the driver makes no attempt at making us think that he is in any way skilled behind the wheel.

In fact, apart from a few seconds later in the video, most of the shenanigans done with the car look quite amateurish and remind us more of the Tafheet or Hajwalah and Farfarah street drifting in the Middle East than of actual powerslides. Not to mention the fact that much of the guy's silly driving is don on the wrong side of the road, endangering other people just for a few laughs.

With that being said, the car in question is one of our favorite modern classics, especially since the E 500 is actually a co-production between Stuttgart's finest: Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

Powered by the M119 five-liter V8 taken straight from the Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Roadster (R129), the 500 E and then E 500 was essentially a predecessor of the modern E 63 AMG and the only competitor for the BMW M5 (E34).

Each car was modified by Porsche and hand-assembled by both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz in a time span of 18 days, with a little over ten thousand models having been built between 1990 and 1995.

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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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