DaimlerChrysler has been working some standard E320 diesel sedans hard as part of its growing diesel campaign in the US.
In April, three standard E 320s each completed a high-speed, 100,000-mile test run without problems. The cars established world records by covering 50,000 miles (80,467 kilometers) at 225.456 km/h (140.1 mph); 62,150 miles (100,000 kilometers) at 225.903 km/h (140.4 mph) and 100,000 miles (160,934 kilometers) at 224.823 km/h. (139.7 mph).
Following the 30-day, non-stop trial, the sedans achieved a new record during a long-distance fuel-consumption test drive which was certified by the USAC. Without stopping to refuel, each of the unmodified CDI models covered a distance of 1,039 miles (1,672 km), which corresponded to a fuel consumption of 4.75 litres per 100 kilometers (49.52 mpg).
The tested cars used the new Mercedes 165 kW (224 hp) V6 CDI diesel engine, set to replace the existing five and six-cylinder in-line engines this summer. (Earlier post.)