Date registered: Apr 2006
Vehicle: W111 Coupe
Location: Washington DC
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That Mechatronik Coupe is a beauty. It's a pity they didn't talk more about the performance of the car in the video.
I doubt anyone will turn it back to original after paying $400.000 when they can have an original is similar condition for 15% of tha price.
I heared the Mechatronic springs and shocks do a real good job, but stiffen the ride quite a bit (comparable to a Golf GTI Mk I, I was told). Some people here in the US tried the system on Pagodas but didn't like it because the car lost the comfortable ride (and US roads are a shame compared to european ones).
The swing axle is fine as long as you keep the gas pedal down. The problem is when hard braking or easing on the gas pedal in the middle of a curve. With the mass transfer towards the front the rear goes up, and the camber and track of the rear wheels change (more positive camber and narrower track). This can send the car into a spin, and it's quite scary to control, as this happens when you need it the least (trying to avoid a dear in a curve or emergency braking). Things can be improved by stiffening the suspension and with shocks that also act on rebound, like the Mechatronik ones. Putting the battery in the trunk also helps, and fitting the air suspension anti dive system also helps.
The original vented brakes of the V8 cars are powerful enough, but not durable enough. You loose them too soon when driving hard. So I don't think the king pins are a problem. I have 225/60-15 tires which are quite wider than the original ones and I can still lock them. Bigger brakes would just allow me to get efficient brakes for longer. If the kingpins were to snap, I think they would have already done so with my tires as the determinig factor in my view is the tire adherence (the wider and softer the bigger the reacting force).
Romko, are you planning to do the work yourself or to have it done by someone? That type of conversion requires a lot of labor hours, and though it is cheaprer in Poland it will still be quite expensive if you're having it done by someone else.