Thread: V12 in a W201
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:38 PM
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Have you actually sourced said engine, or are you just dreaming? If you haven't picked it up yet, I highly encourage you to reconsider. I'm one of the biggest proponents of the big engine in little car concept, but being intimately familiar with the hassle of simply putting a (much smaller) m117 V8 into a w201, I can tell you with confidence that this project will be incredibly expensive and filled with problems. If your wallet and leisure time knows no bounds, then by all means continue. To give you a rough idea of the numbers involved with this, I would estimate this to be at least a 30k USD project, if not much more depending on how well you do it. And that is assuming you do it yourself.

If you do have a lot of experience in fabrication, motor swaps, and more importantly modern MB electronics, then you will at least have somewhat of an advantage. That is pretty much the only circumstance in which I would recommend doing this swap, and of course with the knowledge of how expensive it will be. Good luck my friend!
1999 C43 AMG ~~~ 744 on black, mostly stock
1991 190e 2.6 ~~~ m117 5.6 project car
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