Super Street Network

 |   |   |  2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec - Seat Time
Subscribe to the Free

2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec - Seat Time

The viable hybrid alternative

Oct 1, 2007
Epcp_0710_03_z+2007_mercedes_benz_e320_bluetec+photo Photo 1/2   |   2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec - Seat Time

*Cruising through the parking garage, the Bluetec E320 sounds like Keith Moon* gently patting his snare drum, a barely audible hiss. And then, whatever chemicals he's ingested kick in and he beats the entire set into oblivion. This is the sound of a motorsport diesel, a syncopated rhythm that crescendos into a deep vibrato bass.

I had turned off the ESP traction control, figuring no oil-burner would really need it. Moreover, the E320 is a big car that appears to be more suited to corporate affairs than drag races. I thought wrong. Upon leaving the lot, I proceeded to throw the tail out in a beautiful drift, a slide maintained until I hit the freeway on-ramp. If that's what 400 lb-ft of diesel-powered torque can do, I'd like to sign up.

Epcp_0710_01_z+2007_mercedes_benz_e320_bluetec+photo Photo 2/2   |   2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec - Seat Time

Yes, the Bluetec engine makes power. Not hp, but great big gobs of tire-burning torque. At 1600 rpm, the Bluetec M-B is capable of out-gunning its V8 counterpart, at least until horsepower becomes a factor. But by then, you're gone. Coupled with excellent fuel economy, I drove the wheels off this thing and still had a quarter-tank by the second week. Although the car initially feels heavy, its variable nozzle turbo keeps things extremely entertaining. Old-school techniques of maintaining boost levels ( la Michle Muton and the Sport Quattro) will help here.

Forget everything you think you know about turbodiesels. The Bluetec E320 is cut from an entirely different piece of material. Its mixture of flesh-pressing torque and uniquely sporty sound is somewhat difficult to classify. For now, we'll just call the Bluetec Mercedes cool.(*The Who's late, great drummer)-Les Bidrawn

2007 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec
* LayoutLongitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive

* Engine
3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, common rail direct injection

* Transmission
Seven-speed adaptive automatic

* Performance
Peak Power: 208 hp @ 3800 rpmPeak Torque: 400 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm0-60 mph: 6.6 sec.Top Speed: 130 mph (limited)Fuel Economy: 26 city/35 hwy

Price as tested: $57,000

From The Hip
+ Amazing power, roomy cabin, business suit styling- peaky power delivery, over-assisted steering



Recently, a selected number of automotive journalists and media influencers made the journey to Spain to be the first behind the wheel of the much-anticipated 2019 Toyota Supra.
Sam DuSep 20, 2018
A 2JZ-GTE-powered jet cockpit on Volk Wheels that looks poised to attack even at rest.
RodrezSep 4, 2018
Tomonori Idekawa's S14 is already impressive but it's not until you get within inches of it do you begin to fully appreciate all its little details
David IshikawaSep 3, 2018
Masao Otani has been involved with nearly every major build that's worn an RE Amemiya badge. This is why we're surprised his latest projects wear Nissan badges instead of Mazda'
David IshikawaAug 30, 2018
There's a history of sports cars watered down when outfitted for open top duty. Did the Performante Spyder suffer a similar fate? We're determined to find out.
Bradley IgerAug 29, 2018
Sponsored Links