Diesel Hellcat: 1989 Mercedes-Benz E250D Super-Turbo-Diesel

By Cory — You’ve been around the block a few times right? Seen a lot of fast cars in your day? Pretty knowledgeable of motor swaps? This Walter Mitty-esque Mercedes is bound to expand your horizons. Find it here on UK Ebay for an ask of about $14,000 USA greenbacks.

The Mercedes OM606 3.0 turbo diesel engine was originally found in a 1998-99 E300 and produced 175hp and 244 lbs of torque in that application. The good folks over in Scandinavia have discovered that these engines take to boost like a dog does to peanut butter. The engine swap recipe here is a modified 8mm mechanical injection pump, huge Borg Warner turbo, upgraded intercooler, three inch exhaust, and limited slip rear end.

The front bumper is the only body modification and does a good job hiding the front mount intercooler. Later model Mercedes wheels are also pretty subtle in their appearance. The seller mentions the clutch on the 6 speed transmission from a Sprinter only requires a bit more effort to work through the gears. All of this fun results in a car that can deliver anywhere from 10-30 mpg depending on how much throttle is used.

Our car has been “pinned back” to only 362 horsepower because the suspension and brakes needed sorting out. 700 horsepower only requires a manual boost controller install and a screwdriver to turn up to the injection pump.

See a faster diesel that can be imported through the twenty five year rule, email tips@dailyturismo.com

Cory is trying to finish off his project 1995 Mercedes E36 wagon
and figure out what to do with his hoard of rare w124 parts.