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Lorinser reprofiles C350 to 224kW

2008-10-28 08:33
Though those ovoid tail-pipes are beyond odd, the

Though those ovoid tail-pipes are beyond odd, the rest of the Lorinser C350 tuning kit is starkly traditional – a new set of cams and a 24kW power hike.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Lorinser
Model C350
Engine 3.5l V6
Power 224kW
Torque 380Nm
Lorinser has gone all traditional with its latest C-Class tuning venture.

Although we don’t quite understand why they refer to the C 350 as a limousine, and find the horrendous RS 8 five-spoke alloy wheels an aesthetic affront to our senses, we do like them messing about with 3.5l V6 engine.

With the rampant digitisation of engine function controls during the past decade, traditional camshaft profiling has fallen by the wayside as a tuning art.

Lorinser has pointedly decided to go a bit old school again, and employing special camshafts and a radically reprofiled ECU unit, they’ve hiked power from 200kW to 224kW. It a blend of traditional camshaft milling and fitment and modern electronic control.

Interval timing between exhaust valve opening and intake valve closing is extended, introducing a traditional ‘hot overlap’ and improving performance.

Adding an acoustic note to the power increase is Lorinser’s sports exhaust system, though we must call into question the design of its ovoid exhaust pipe outlets, and for that matter the rear apron redesign they reside in.

The other bodykit additions are hardly better. The side sills and roof spoiler are oddly proportioned and the front grille, with its huge Lorinser roundel is plainly embarrassing.

Perhaps the only redeeming feature is the optional RS 9 multi-spoke alloys.



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