After proving space, innovation, safety and high practicality, resulting in more than 2.5 million customers, Mercedes completes its range with a B 55, featuring a V8 engine and rear-wheel drive.
Peter Wesp, the Rastatt plant manager originated the project and the challenge was immediately taken by Andreas Worz, a foreman in the technical vocational training department who managed to surprise and delight his boss and colleagues. Searching the suitable engine, Andreas came up with a 5.5-litre V8 developing 388 hp and 530 newton metres of torque mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Some modifications were made in order to restore harmony with the steering and thus the exhaust system represented a smart combination of
various replacement part items, taking the form of a twin-pipe system which emerges at the centre of the rear end. Regarding the brakes, perforated and internally ventilated disc brakes in size 345 x 34 mm were implanted at the front, with perforated and internally ventilated disc brakes in size 300 x 30 mm at the rear. The interior received Alcantara linigs for the A, B and C-pillars together with a roof liner in the same luxurious material. Specialists from the Johnson Controls provided the seats in a leather/Alcantara combination. Although measurements have not been made yet, the engineers expect a sprint to 100 km/h in less than six seconds and they were proud of the 1620 kg weight, thus placing a spotlight on the sporty genes of the B-Class that nobody would have expected.
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