Mercedes V-Class with 585-hp twin-turbo V8 is the mother of sleepers 

Updated Mar 08, 2022 | Same topic: Tuning & Mods

Who says luxury vans can’t keep up with sports cars? 

By now, we’re familiar with what the term “sleeper car” means. We’ve extensively talked about these types of vehicles in our Sleeper Keeper series, the latest of which is the unassuming but actually sprightly Kia Soul. So by that example, sleepers are essentially cars that don’t look the part, but are actually fast and agile. This time around though, Automotive Mike, a Germany-based Youtube channel, has recently showcased the “mother of all sleepers.” Check it out: 

GAD Mercedes V-Class w/ 585HP 4.0 V8 Biturbo Engine on the DRAG STRIP! [Video source: Automotive Mike]

As you can see in the video, the sleeper in question is a Mercedes-Benz V-Class. Now typically, this vehicle is a big luxury van that’s content on smoothly cruising down the road. It is heavy, and its stock 2.0-liter turbodiesel originally made 190 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. Those figures aren’t half-bad, but do remember that the V-Class is quite a big and heavy vehicle. 

Thanks to the German GAD Motors car tuning company though, the V-Class we’re talking about was stuffed in with a 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo. At most, this engine can make 585 horsepower, which is a whole lot more compared to the van’s stock mill. 

A picture of the GAD Motors V-Class

On the outside, the GAD Motors V-Class is pretty much stock [Photo Source: GAD Mtoros]

Apart from that, GAD Motors also gave the van ceramic brake discs, and they also re-tuned the suspension system. The engine itself also used a lot of custom parts in order to fit in the V-Class' rather tight engine bay. 

The result of this is a monster of a van that’s able to keep up with the likes of the McLaren 720S, BMW M Series cars, among others. According to Automotive Mike, the GAD V-Class can also comfortably sit at 200 km/h on the German Autobahn. On top of that, they opted to keep the plush interior and the exterior untouched. To that end, it is definitely a comfortable cruiser that can keep up with sports cars if you want it to. 

If you think GAD’s V-Class sleeper van is cool, keep reading here on for more. 

Know more about Mercedes-Benz V-Class 2024

Mercedes-Benz V-Class

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is a luxury van. In the Philippines, this model is available in five different variants. These are the V-Class Long w/ Luxury seats, the Avantgarde Long, the Avantgarde Long 7-seater, the Avantgarde Extra Long, and the CDI Tourer Base Extra Long. The Mercedes-Benz V-Class 2023 price range from Php 3,990,000 to Php 5,290,000. 

Under the hood, the Philippine-spec V-Class uses a 2.1-liter turbodiesel engine that can produce up to 163 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque.  

Size-wise, the extra long variants are 5,370mm long, 1,928mm wide, and 1,908mm in height. They also have a wheelbase length of 3,430mm. 

The Long variants in-turn come with a length of 5,140mm and a wheelbase length of 3,200mm. 

Locally, the V-Class competes against the likes of the Kia Carnival, the Toyota Alphard, Lexus LM, Peugeot Traveler, among others. 

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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