Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: France - down by the Spanish border
Vehicle: 2014 SLK250
Other Toys: RS3, MacanS, MGBV8
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I personally do not mind if anyone over badges a car, it might be ridiculous, but if it gives pleasure then fine by me. I smile and let it pass.
Adding parts or customising is a personal thing, and not necessarily making the car look something it is not - especially if badges are not applied. Or this is my way of thinking. I add things because I can. And I like messing with brakes, suspension and engines! I should get out more I know! But you are right - good discussing point.
In another thread, I aired my feelings that the AMG thing has been too diluted, even by Mercedes in their drive to get more sales by adding 'AMG sports packs' to ordinary cars.
Interesting what you say about weight, power and brakes. Engine power does not require heftier brakes - the only thing is the weight of the car and the need to stop that weight. With more power, the kinetic energy rises which might need more braking but only if you want to stop quicker. With the SLK55 at 1.6T, the SLKCDi at 1.5T and the 250 at 1.3T, and with 99.9% of these cars will never be driven on a track - you could say that it is the 55 that is under-engineered in the brake department!