14. Mercedes 500E
Back in the early ’90s, Mercedes produced the successful-yet-docile W124 E-Class. The elegant sedan was famous for comfort and refinement rather than performance and speed. A team of innovative German engineers would soon change that though. In 1991, they presented the mighty 500E model, a high-performance version of their main sedan with a different drivetrain, suspension, brakes, and engine.
But unfortunately, the 500E was highly-demanding during production, so Mercedes asked Porsche to assemble it. The main feature of the 500E is the 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 326 HP. Although not an impressive number by today’s standards, this was an impressive figure for the early ’90s, especially in a formal sedan. The 500 E can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just six seconds, almost as fast as a Ferrari 348.
The best thing is the design because the 500 E looks identical to a regular W124 sedan. But if you look carefully, you may notice bigger wheel arches and brakes. However, nothing else reveals the monster lurking under the hood. Mercedes offered a special badge as a no-cost option for its customers. So if you choose a black or silver color, you’ll get a stealth sedan that eats Corvettes for breakfast.