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.