Already at the first meters, leaving the Kleemann headqarters at Farum near Copenhagen, the K3 has made great impression, as its throttle was gently stroked. Not by accelerating, but a fine hoarse sound. The exhaust system generates stirring noises to get addicted to. And that's merely the acoustic aspect of that thing.

Containing two end-pipes only, this E-class seems not so embarrassing demonstrative as the original AMG solution with its showy quartet endings. Very good! Especially because it has amazing 143 bhp more than the basis' 476bhp. As Kleemann states, their shape is symbolising the frame of the Mercedes radiator grille. Mh, you don't get it? Right! Just imagine it up side down. It's true that this form is not so new and maybe the explanation is more an interpretation than this detail was really inspired by that.

But it doesn't matter. An option against the common 4-pipe trend remains very remarkable, the more it sounds as powerful symphonic as this one. Nice surprise, the K3 reaches full score already on this field even though it was expected to impress by accelerating at first. After all the two bhp rates mentioned above amounts to 610 a level usually only being reached by true super sports cars. And indeed, at full throttle application, the pepped up AMG E-class accelerates as if it would be hit by a Cruise Missiles.

From a stand still to 60km/h, for instance to cross a road junction, the term acceleration may said inappropriate. It should be renamed to snip forward. The car leaps over the crossing road as a cat that attacks prey. Circumscriptions that meet this feeling are hard to find. On the Danish autobahn where the speed limit is 130kmh or lower - cars shrink in the rear view mirrors as if they would run backwards.

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