378bhp Mercedes B-Class revealed

Mercedes-Benz B-Class MPV gains rear wheel drive and 378bhp. Meet the monster B55 V8

Mercedes has unveiled a 378bhp B-Class. It’s the bright idea of a group of Daimler apprentices, apparently, who thought shoehorning a stocky V8 engine into the front of a mini-MPV to be a brilliant thing to do. And we’re inclined to agree. A regular diesel B200 had its sensible power source removed, a 5.5-litre V8 from the E500 taking its place. The B55 serves up 378bhp and and 391lb ft of torque, which are sent to the rear wheels (after a conversion from front-wheel drive) via Merc’s seven-speed G-tronic gearbox. Top speed is limited to 155mph though 0-62mph takes just 5.2sec – around half a second quicker than a 345bhp Ford Focus RS500 manages, putting it in prime position to be the quickest hot hatchback on sale. Though sadly (and all too predictably) the Mercedes B55 is not for sale – it’s a one-off for now. But with an all-new B-Class due in the near future, keep your fingers crossed those dozen apprentices can influence their bosses further…

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/202872/porsche-911-carrera-s-vs-rivals-r8-vantage-570gt-and-evora-face-off
Porsche

Porsche 911 Carrera S vs rivals: R8, Vantage, 570GT and Evora face off

The question is simple. Does the 992-generation 911 Carrera S still have the edge on its core rivals?
11 Jul 2020
Visit/news/21596/ares-panther-progettouno-reborn-de-tomaso-pantera-hits-the-road
News

Ares Panther ProgettoUno – reborn De Tomaso Pantera hits the road

5.2-litre V10 and pop-up headlights for Dany Bahar’s reimagined supercar
9 Jul 2020
Visit/porsche/18843/car-pictures-of-the-week
Porsche

Car pictures of the week

In this week’s car pictures from issue 276, we look at the highlights from our time with the first and latest Porsche Turbos
10 Jul 2020
Visit/lamborghini/202829/tecnomar-launches-4000hp-v12-lamborghini-yacht
Lamborghini

Tecnomar launches 4000hp V12 Lamborghini yacht

The V12-powered yacht is Tecnomar’s most capable offering yet, and takes inspiration from Lamborghini’s most recent models
30 Jun 2020