Introduced in April 2005, the 2006 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class (W164) luxury mid-size crossover SUV rapidly became so popular among the American middle-class that some owners suddenly started feeling like they have to do something about personalizing their beloved car. Boy, does German specialist ART Tuning have a news for them!
The first of all, there is a supercharger kit, which is available for both Mercedes-Benz ML350, which is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine, and the ML500 that features an even more powerful 5.0-liter V8 under its prominent hood.
The kit includes an intercooler with heat exchanger, additional thermostat-controlled oil cooling, special v-belt, engine electronics and a Vmax delimeter.
All these features make possible to push engines’ performance from 272 to 380 and from 388 to 500 horsepower for the ML350 and ML500 respectively.
As for the diesel motors, their maximum power output is increased by some 20 per cent on average.
To make coping with that additional power easier, the ART’s engineers employed their new electronic suspension system that lowers ML’s ground clearance by 35mm (1.37 inches).
I highly doubt that the 2-ton vehicle will be able to eat corners like a feather-light roadster, but at least you won’t have to slow to 20mph to get off the turnpike.
As usual, there is a nice new aero body kit and two sets of custom-made wheels.
The first, monoART1 model, is based upon light-weight metal rims in dimensions 18, 19, or 20 inches, which can be made with either titanium or special black coating in nano-technology.
The second, ARTstar2 comes with 6-spoke rims with 36 titanium screw joints, offered in size of 22 inches.
Interior upgrades include exotic wood, leather, and, of course, Alcantara.
Photos: ART Tuning
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