Meet The Manhart CRE 700

It’s based on the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance.

German tuning house Manhart Performance is back with a new project. Dubbed Manhart CRE 700, it’s based on the latest and most bonkers C-Class – the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S E Performance.

One of the defining characteristics of ‘63’ AMGs used to be a thumping V8. That meant power with a throaty soundtrack. The new-gen version, however, is a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). The conventional part of that powerplant is a turbocharged 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine. The total system output is 680hp/1,020Nm, which is plenty for almost everyone.

Manhart took up the challenge to take things a notch above. The tuner added its MHtronik control unit to the internal combustion engine. That ups the total output to 725hp/1,120Nm, an increment of 45hp/100Nm. Also, the exhaust system was upgraded with sport downpipes and 300-cell catalytic converters. Per Manhart, these additions help deliver a more “powerful sound”. However, they don’t have TÜV approval. If the demand arises, the tuner will inject TÜV-compliant components.

Manhart hasn’t touched the braking system. However, those who want some extra safety cover can opt for an upgrade. The CRE 700 rides on factory matte black AMG wheels with red accents. But, of course, custom options are also available. The 20-inch rims are wrapped with Michelin tyres – 265/35 ZR20 at the front and 275/35 ZR20 at the rear. The Manhart sprints by H&R drop the ride height by 20mm. The Manhart decal set on the black body paint rounds off the changes.

This specimen of the C 63 S E Performance was the F1 Edition, so it already had bucket seats and red accents indoors. Manhart did not make any changes, but customisations are possible.

Price? Well, it’s expensive. Including VAT, this Manhart CRE 700 is priced at EUR 148,750, and the odometer reads 4,850km. What’s your take on it? Do you think it’s priced right?

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