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The Complete E55 Bible – Chapter 3

Staged Power Packages

Staged power package overview

Staged power packages are a way for the automotive performance industry quickly and easily make recommendations to customers based on power goals and budget. Power packages include all of the necessary parts required to reach the designated power level given the vehicle is in good running condition. For the E55 AMG power packages are listed from Stage 0 which is basically a factory updated setup to Stage 5 which includes almost every bolt on mod you can do including a new supercharger. The stages are defined by specific modifications at each level. VRP is the only manufacturer that offers power packages for the 55k.

VRP M113k Staged Power Packages

Note: VRP power packages assume that you have already replaced the defective Bosch 003 with a Bosch 010 intercooler pump

Bosch010 IC Pump

The Stages of the 55k are defined very simply

Stage 1: Pulley upgrade

Stage 2: Pulley + Header upgrade

Stage 3: Pulley + Header + Throttle body + Fuel upgrade

Stage 4: Stacked Pulley + Header + Throttle body + Fuel + External-Tank Cooling

Stage 5: all of the previous upgrades + Aftermarket Supercharger

Stage 0 – 520HP

Stage 0 is a factory update package. It provides the first vital parts to begin modifying your AMG and bring it up to modern standards while providing a small boost in power. This package has the largest pulley size available for the 55k, providing the least available boost pressure from a pulley upgrade.

The kit includes:

  • 83mm Supercharger pulley
  • ECU Tune
  • Split Cooling Kit
  • Dry Flo Filters

VRP520 Staged Power Package

Stage 1 – 550HP

Stage 1 is defined by its 80mm supercharger pulley and cooling upgrades. This is the first step to making real power on the 55k AMG. The supercharger pulley will increase the boost pressure to approximately 14psi providing the E55 with 550hp.

The Kit Includes:

  • 80mm Supercharger pulley
  • ECU Tune
  • Heat Exchanger
  • Split Cooling Kit
  • Belt Wrap Kit
  • Air Filters

VRP550 Stage 1 Power Package

Stage 2 – 600HP

Stage 2 is defined by the Header upgrade. Adding a header upgrade can net you 50hp, lower boost pressure, and lower air temperatures. The factory exhaust is very limiting, and the increase flow helps evacuate hot exhaust gasses from the engine.

The Kit Includes:

  • 76mm Supercharger pulley
  • ECU Tune
  • Heat Exchanger
  • Split Cooling Kit
  • Belt Wrap Kit
  • Short headers
  • Air Filters

VRP600 Stage 2 Power Package

Stage 3 – 650HP

The stage 3 kit gets us into our third major power upgrade; throttle bodies. This stage is where the 55k becomes “Full bolt on”. The addition of the throttle body, required fuel injectors and improved intercooler pump bring up the power potential another 50hp.

The Kit Includes:

  • 76mm Supercharger pulley
  • ECU Tune
  • Heat Exchanger
  • Split Cooling Kit
  • Belt Wrap Kit
  • Short headers
  • 82mm Throttlebody DIY Kit
  • 550cc injectors
  • VRP Superflo Pump
  • Air Filters

VRP650 Stage 3 power package

Stage 4 – 700HP

The Stage 4 power package is the final step of the basic bolt on upgrades for the 55k. This package ads a trunk mounted cooling tank, and decreases the supercharger pulley size considerably, Any pulley between 70-72mm paired with the proper cooling mods is capable of this power range.

The Kit Includes:

  • 72mm Supercharger pulley
  • ECU Tune
  • Heat Exchanger
  • Trunk Tank
  • Trunk Tank Install kit
  • Belt Wrap Kit
  • Short headers
  • 82mm Throttlebody DIY Kit
  • 550cc injectors
  • VRP Superflo Pump
  • Air Filters

VRP700 Stage 4 Power Package

Stage 5 – 800+HP

Stage 5 is the final stage level of the 55k. This level is reserved for M113k cars with aftermarket supercharger upgrades. These superchargers have massive power potential. There are currently 2 supercharger upgrade options available, both kits feature the same 2.9L Whipple supercharger.


VRP 2.9L Whipple Supercharger Kit

Weistec Supercharger System

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