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Kleemann ML 50K S8 Review

November 2005
Filed under: KLEEMANN Car News | KLEEMANN Headlines
KLEEMANN is proud to present the KLEEMANN ML50K S8. Based on the Mercedes-Benz ML 500, KLEEMANN has created an utterly desirable car representing the best of design and technology for the big SUV market.

The ML 50K S8 features a new aero dynamic enhancement kit developed by the KLEEMANN design department. The aero component kit is designed with attention to detail and consists of a deep front spoiler and a rear spoiler with a built in diffuser panel as seen on other KLEEMANN models. The rear diffuser panel makes provision for the KLEEMANN tail pipes and complements a rear spoiler mounted on the roof. Furthermore the ML50K S8 comes with new side skirts and wheel arch flares for a more sporty appearance and strong road presence.

The complete exterior package including 20 inch TM-5 wheel ensures a bold, muscular look and fits all non-AMG M-Class vehicles.
An Electronic Body Lowering Module (EBL) and the KLEEMANN Suspension Tuning firms up the Air Matic suspension and ensure a lower centre of gravity for reduced body roll and better turning stability.

The redesigned exterior is perfectly matched by a new sporty yet luxurious interior. The upholstery on seats and doors is made from high quality leather and with sections of Alcantara. Dash board and panels inside are made from carbon fibre to finish the sporty look and feel. Carbon fibre inlays are also to be found on the ergonomic shaped steering wheel.

More power for both the ML 500 and the Diesel range

Like the CLS 50K S8 and E50KCC presented earlier this year, the ML50K S8 is powered by the well known 5.0 litre V8 in full KLEEMANN trim. Mounted with the KLEEMANN Kompressor system, Super Sport Camshafts, a reprogrammed ECU and stainless steel exhaust headers the engines power out put is increased to 595 Hp as the torque curve peaks at 770 Nm. A complete stainless steel dual exhaust system allows the Kompressor engine to breath freely and takes the exhaust note to another level. The powerful engine makes the car able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5,3 seconds and the top speed is 270 km/h.

For increased performance in the Diesel-powered ML models, KLEEMANN offers the efficient KD-BOX or a reprogramming of the ECU.

For the safety aspect KLEEMANN has added more stopping power to the heavy car. The KB8 brake system:
380 x 34 mm discs with 8 piston callipers on the front axle and 345 x 28 mm discs with 4 piston callipers on the rear axle. The massive brake discs are vented and cross drilled and will not fade even under extreme strain. All KLEEMANN brake systems come with separate left and right discs.

Download High Res pictures of the ML50k S8 here and see it live at the Essen Motor Show, Hall 2.0/Stand 2-221 (TOYO Tires)

Specifications KLEEMANN ML 50K S8




4966 cc

No. of valves:



7 speed automatic


595 Hp @ 5.800 rpm

Max torque:

770 Nm @ 2.000 rpm


TM-5 light alloy 10JX20


295/45 R 20 TOYO Proxes S/T


Maximum speed (Limited):

270 km/h

Acceleration 0-100 km/h:

5,3 seconds

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