How to Make Your Mercedes Sound Like an F1 Car

https://www.youtube.com/embed/sBvu7lxtzYM

Who knew that all it took to make a Mercedes-Benz S600 sound like an F1 car was a custom-made $12,000 exhaust only available in Japan?

Worth the price?

kb58
kb58 SuperDork
1/16/20 2:16 p.m.

Didn't play sound, but don't 180-degree headers accomplish the task? Or, is this some Japanese craziness where they have a sound system under the car?

McDesign
McDesign
1/16/20 2:43 p.m.

I'd like to do this - I have an '01 CL600. 

I have a rotary draw bender that I've build cages with, and can get a mandrel attachment to bend thin-wall tubing.  I did install motorized exhaust dumps under the front seats to start.  https://youtu.be/wHnkCmhecwA

Forrest

Atlanta

_
_ Dork
1/16/20 4:16 p.m.

I must've linked this a hundred times already. https://www.bosozokustyle.com/2009/10/13/how-to-create-your-own-zokusha-muffler/

They've been doing this for years. Click link, watch the video, enjoy learning what a few helmholtz chambers do. 

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela HalfDork
1/16/20 4:41 p.m.

Associate Editor? Bravo, Colin. 

Recon1342
Recon1342 HalfDork
1/16/20 9:56 p.m.

Be easier to just throw a two stroke in it...

jj
jj HalfDork
1/17/20 9:05 a.m.

I'm fairly sure equal length, 6 into 1 headers are a part of this equation, not just tuned mufflers.  

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
1/17/20 9:22 a.m.

There is a u tube video out there of a 600 screaming up and down a street with an "f1" exhaust on it. Sounds cool but I am sure it would get old rather fast. 
 

My cls has a very nice sound. Cut outs would be fun but with the twin turbos even with out mufflers it is not all that much louder than with the mufflers. I think the mufflers are tuned to take a lot of the high pitched sound out but does not kill a lot of the volume. 

Robbie
Robbie MegaDork
1/17/20 10:08 a.m.

A lot of the "my v12 Merc sounds like an f1 car" videos are clearly overdubs.

I'm not saying this one is but beware.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/17/20 10:35 a.m.

In reply to Robbie :

Thank you for the heads up. Sometimes I have to remind myself that this is the internet, after all.

At any rate, I'll use that as an excuse to get a V12 Mercedes of my own. wink

Cedricn
Cedricn New Reader
1/17/20 12:49 p.m.

Great engine in a boring car. A friend of mine is well on the way to swap in a m120 6.0 v12 in a well built de Tomaso pantera replica coupled to a boxster S manual gearbox. That will be an epic ride when its finished :) 

kb58
kb58 SuperDork
1/17/20 7:26 p.m.

That video guy talks way too much. Anyway, $12,000 vanity upgrade, okay, and no faster to boot, perfect. Different strokes.

Curtis73
Curtis73 UltimaDork
1/17/20 8:30 p.m.

Hmmm.... wonders how this would sound on a V8

Cotton
Cotton PowerDork
1/17/20 8:33 p.m.
dean1484 said:

There is a u tube video out there of a 600 screaming up and down a street with an "f1" exhaust on it. Sounds cool but I am sure it would get old rather fast. 
 

My cls has a very nice sound. Cut outs would be fun but with the twin turbos even with out mufflers it is not all that much louder than with the mufflers. I think the mufflers are tuned to take a lot of the high pitched sound out but does not kill a lot of the volume. 

My v12TT s600 with muffler delete,  but retaining factory catalytic converters, was MUCH louder than my v12TT cl600 with stock exhaust.  It surprised me because I always thought the same as you,  but deleting the mufflers really let that v12 sing even with the cats and turbos.

McDesign
McDesign New Reader
1/18/20 9:57 a.m.

In reply to Curtis73 :

I have 180 degree headers on an SBC - love it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65Jt3K3SU9Y

Forrest in Atlanta

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
1/18/20 11:40 a.m.

In reply to Cotton :

I have wondered about my car in that at idle or cruising it just has a little exhaust sound but get on it and it has that classic MB V8 sound that is very noticeable. I have not poked up around my mufflers but I was wondering if my car has a bypass valve in them or something. 

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
1/18/20 11:42 a.m.

I must admit that the coolest thing is when I am driving it in manual mode and you get the over run crackle. Probibly not the best thing for the cats but it sounds cool. 

slowbird
slowbird Dork
1/18/20 2:31 p.m.

The real answer is to swap in a race-tuned inline six from an Argentinean touring car.

 

You'll need to Log in to post comments.

More like this
Our Preferred Partners
Uqukjlt6FyI7L2VTgZcYswhqabwM508qlEgfg4A9lk0bA2NG2yfvx53KNwUjnfVz