Say 'E500' to anyone who knows a little about Mercedes and there's one car that will come to mind: the
. As the 500E originally and then E500 with the range refresh, it's the connoisseur's supersaloon. Barely identifiable from a standard E but with Porsche engineering know-how, huge performance and great rarity appeal, it's regarded by many as a Mercedes highpoint.
Let's get this debadged now shall we?
This is not an E500, in case you hadn't already noticed. It's
. Without an AMG version of the current E-Class coupe, the 5.5-litre V8 E500 always was the most powerful model. It was replaced last year by a more efficient and less exciting twin-turbo V6 in the
, but isn't there something charming about a big Mercedes coupe with a V8?
Yes, this is officially a 'Sport' model but it's so much more subtle than a full-fat AMG. The colour scheme is a bit predictable but you could argue that helps with the stealth factor. Remove the badge and you have a near-400hp V8 coupe that looks like an E220 diesel.
But the E500 isn't for hooning. It's a comfortable place to cover lots of miles with a heap of V8 performance (and hopefully a little bit of noise) when required. I would argue it does that in a great deal of style too but could see how some might disagree. If you could harbour the running costs the E500 would surely be a superb four-seat coupe for all sorts of occasions. There is actually a cabrio in the classifieds too if you fancy some open-air V8 journeys.
Silver with black keeps it under the radar
Which gets you thinking. What other fairly modern four-seat V8 coupes can you buy for less than £20K? Quite a nice set of criteria to fulfil really. The obvious choice is the
, before its own V6 facelift, which is now available from £15K. Perhaps a bit too sporty when compared to the Mercedes. A Bangle-era
V8 6 Series
is within budget as well if you fancy. The
ticks all the boxes but any rear-seat passengers probably won't be too happy.
The E500 wasn't ever going to be hugely popular as it was neither an all-out performance flagship or a frugal diesel. Now those traits that perhaps put off new buyers make it really appealing as used purchase. Who needs an AMG anyway?
Engine: 5,461cc V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 387@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 391@2,800-4,800rpm
MPG: 26 (NEDC combined)
First registered: 2009
Recorded mileage: 54,569
Price new: £48,360
Yours for: £19,850
See the original advert here.