CRAZY things Indians have done with Mercedes-Benz cars

Mercedes-Benz is one of the most recognized brand names across the world. The German brand is known for its luxurious cars and SUVs along with a handful of sportscars it has makes every now and then. In India, the value of Mercedes-Benz cars is even higher due to their exclusiveness and high price tag. Now most of the people who buy a car from the tri-star logo keep them with the utmost care and treat them lovingly. Then there are a few guys who have got a crazy streak running down in them, in a good way though. These guys have done some unexpected things with Mercedes-Benz cars in India. Here are six such instances from India.

A Batmobile!

Now Batman is one of the most respected superhero figures in the world of comics due to the fact that he has proved his mettle in a world filled with supernatural powers despite being a human. It is his will and sheer determination along with a genius mind he possesses (and then some money, quite a lot of it actually) that he manages to achieve feats no one could have thought he could. His fans seem to be no less determined, something that is apparent by the image above.

The car you see in the picture started off its life as a Mercedes Benz S-Class W222. However, it has now been transformed into a Batmobile inspired by the pre-Nolan era Batman movies. It was done by Executive ModcarTrendz for around Rs. 25 – 30 lakh and was commissioned by none other than Adar Poonawalla himself. The W222 S Class has a 4.7-litre V8 bi-turbo petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 463 Bhp and 700 Nm. So you know now, this car goes pretty fast pretty quickly.

Stretch it

Mercedes-Benz cars are already quite spacious and luxurious from the inside. After all, these are the main reasons what its sedans are known for. The company also offers long wheelbases version of many of its cars in India, including the E-Class and the S-Class. However, sky is the limit for some and hence a regular Mercedes won’t do the job. The image above shows an older generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class than has been stretched out to form a limousine. It even gets an extra middle door which is another quirky bit on this car. To let you know, stretching a vehicle can have a negative impact on the chassis of the vehicle and it can lose its rigidity if proper steps to strengthen the chassis are not taken.

Road “drifting”

Or more like road rash driving. Here is a video of a Mercedes-Benz A-Class diesel doing a high-speed turn on public roads. Even though it was an empty stretch of what it looks like a gated society, there are cars parked on both the sides of the road and fortunately, no one came from the opposite side. It would have been a disaster if the car had skidded and crashed into the parked vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class A 180 CDI is not a rear wheel driven vehicle. It is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 170 Bhp and peak torque of 250 Nm.

Saving a truck

Not every hero wears a cape, some of them own Mercedes SUV and help others with it. This Mercedes GLE owner apparently offered help to a truck driver who was stuck in a roadside pit. Adding flavour to the whole situation is the fact that the truck here is also a Bharat Benz one, so that’s more like cousins helping out each other. The truck seen here weighs many times more than the Mercedes SUV but the SUV’s powerful engine doesn’t even break a sweat while winching out the hefty truck. The SUV is powered by a 2.2-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 201 Bhp and 480 Nm, which provides enough torque to engage in such rescue missions.

Rock Climbing

One of the golden rules of off-roading is to save the vehicle. While most Mercedes-Benz owners in India treat their vehicles like a princess, this one had different ideas with his Mercedes-Benz ML-Class. The driver can be seen getting extremely aggressive with the car while going on a rough terrain. It can be seen that the car’s underbody has been hit multiple times but the driver keeps on pushing the SUV to limits. Finally, he manages to get on the obstruction but definitely with a scratched underbody. The whole rocky obstruction could have been done in a much subtle manner.

River crossing

This one is again an ML-Class SUV but with a different challenge here. In this video, the Mercedes SUV can be seen crossing a deep river. While the ML-Class is termed as an SUV, it isn’t meant for hardcore off-roading as already discussed above. Also, high-end vehicles like these come with big turbochargers that suck in air at a very high rate. Therefore, even a small quantity of water in the air-intake manifold can get the engine hydro-locked. In between the video, we see that the SUV gets stuck and gets out after aa fair bit of ordeal. Its front bumper also takes a hit while the SUV is climbing on the river bank at the end. The ML-Class does not come with a low-ratio transfer case, which makes it vulnerable in these situations.