This 1997 Mercedes-Benz E60 RS RENNtech began life as an E420 Sport from the factory but was promptly turned over to RENNtech for a number of performance and cosmetic modifications. Finished in Black (040) over Anthracite (201) Leather, this E60 RS is one of the earlier W210 E60’s produced by RENNtech and features widened metal fenders and modified ground effects. Power comes from a RENNtech-tuned 6-liter M119 V8 and is sent to the rear wheels through a reinforced 722.6 5-speed transmission. Additional modifications from RENNtech include a Brembo big brake kit, adjustable Koni suspension, a limited-slip-differential, RENNtech stainless steel exhaust, RENNtech Monolite wheels, and a custom interior. The seller acquired the car in 2020 and the odometer currently displays 70,874 miles. The car is now offered at No Reserve with the factory literature, two keys, a clean Carfax report, and a Clean Mississippi title.
Finished in Black (040), this E60 RS features a RENNtech widebody conversion consisting of custom metal fenders and spaced-out factory AMG bumpers. The chrome trim on the bumpers and door handles has been painted matte black while the OEM chrome grille has been wrapped in matte black 3M vinyl. The marker lights on the front bumper have been deleted and replaced with Black (040) paint-matched covers while the hood ornament and rear badging were deleted by RENNtech at the time of the conversion. The seller notes a hairline crack in the filler where the hood ornament would be mounted. Other notable exterior features include OEM xenon headlamps with automatic washers, a sunroof and tinted windows. A paint correction was performed in late 2020.
The staggered RENNtech Monolite Wheels measure 18x9 up front and 18x10.5 in the rear and are currently wrapped in Hankook Ventus V12 Evo 2’s measuring 255/40 and 285/35 respectively. The one-piece forged magnesium wheels feature black painted faces and polished lips with the RENNtech logo stamped on a single spoke per wheel. Behind the wheels, a Brembo big brake kit boasts 8-piston calipers and slotted two piece rotors.
The Anthracite leather interior was retrimmed by RENNtech to feature Black Piano Wood veneers and Anthracite Alcantara on the seat inserts, door cards, and contoured steering wheel. In addition to the added materials, interior modifications include a double-DIN head unit featuring navigation, bluetooth connectivity, and a back-up camera. As a result of the installation, the climate controls were relocated to the storage compartment just under the head unit and can be hidden under the veneer with the OEM folding cover. The original head unit will be included with the sale and the factory wiring has been retained if future owners choose to return the console to stock appearance.
An aftermarket stereo has been professionally installed as well with two JL Audio 10” subwoofers under the rear deck alongside two JL Audio amplifiers. The headliner has been replaced with grey alcantara and the original set of RENNtech floor mats remain in place embossed with “RENNtech E60.”
Instrumentation was modified by RENNtech with new white gauge faces accented with blue numbering and icons. The speedometer now reads up to 200mph and the tachometer to the right shows a 6k rpm redline. The analog readouts to the left display fuel level and coolant temperature. The digital odometer displays 70,874 miles and the seller notes several failed pixels in the display for which they are willing to reimburse the buyer for the cost of the pixel repair.
Power is derived from a fully built 6.0 liter M119 V8 from RENNtech sporting an aftermarket crank, rods, pistons, and valve train. A complete stainless steel exhaust was also built and installed by RENNtech including headers, resonators, and tips stamped with the original RENNtech logo. RENNtech rates the E60 RS at 434 horsepower and a staggering 525lb-ft of torque. 0-60 reportedly takes 4.5 seconds and traction is achieved with the help of a RENNtech limited-slip-differential and the 722.6 transmission that’s been reinforced and reprogrammed by RENNtech.
This 1997 RENNtech E60 RS is offered with one key, factory literature, and a clean Carfax, and a clean Mississippi title. The seller has agreed to reimburse the buyer for a second key and the pixel repair for the gauge cluster LCD display. Videos have been added below showing an exterior walk-around, interior and trunk tour, and a cold start.
The fit and finish on RENNtech's E60 conversions really was above and beyond any other tuning house of the era. In 2020 we, here at The MB Market, had the chance to sit down with the individual who hand formed each hand every widebody fender for these cars and we were able to see photos of the process step by step. Creating these cars was just as much an art form thus every E60 RS presents as such. While most builds of this nature wouldn’t stand the test of time, these cars and engines were built with longevity in mind and to this day still tout greater performance stats than most new cars rolling off assembly lines in 2021. We’ve been able to track this E60 RS over the last couple owners and we’re happy to see that it’s been well kept and maintained over the years. The datacard notes this specific example as an E420 Sport which ups the rarity quotient but deeper digging also denotes the car as a “press car” telling us it was one of the first E60 RS’s built and has served a higher purpose in the Mercedes community since day one.
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