The suspension is upgraded with stiffer springs, tighter shock valving, thicker stabilizer bars and firmer suspension bushings. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. But it likes to have the throttle rolled, not hammered. A huge black air intake box covers the engine, offering intriguing glimpses of plumbing down below. The twitch that comes under real hard braking on uneven surfaces is less secure.
Two adults will find ample leg, knee and shoulder room in the rear seats, though the convertible top makes Cabriolets more cramped. In Touch Shift, you find yourself short-shifting a lot to stay with the engine. Lean and quick, they perform flawlessly. There are no untidy or gratuitous strokes on the monochromatic body, while the sweeping arc of the rear roof pillars sweetens the shape and helps bring in an aerodynamic 0. Never has a square chrome grille looked so sleek, with its windswept rake. Walkaround This car has presence.
Rolling on the throttle provides that time, and the result will be fewer sudden downshifts and a smoother drive. Ride quality is smooth and comfortable at all times; did you expect less from a Mercedes? And then we came upon the patches of ice in the road. On the other hand, no one truly needs more power than the smooth, highly efficient 3. . Zero to 60 mph in 4.
When you hammer this baby, it gets hammered good. The engine delivers huge hunks of power without complaint, but the transmission wants you to take your time. Rarely has a car so hot looked so graceful. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. It never suggests that it might like to take control from you, it teases and excites you. The five-speed automatic transmission is adapted from the gearbox used in the V-12 S-class models, because that gearbox can take the torque.
It does the high-performance thing so well, and with such style. It takes a lot of speed and style to look great leading a field of F1 cars around a track, and this car has what it takes. The torque converter has its limits, which also come into play when the transmission decides whether to shift. More likely, they were designed with the E-Class in mind and re-used. A super-stiff forged steel crankshaft churns inside the pressure-cast aluminum block of this chain-driven single overhead-cam V8 with two intake and one exhaust valves per cylinder, as well as 16 coils and 16 spark plugs.
You can hit the rev limiter at six grand in a heartbeat. The two wide chrome exhaust tips that exit together under the left taillight are the only real hint of horsepower, at least 342 of it. Trust us, this car has character. And for most of us the powerful 4. The rotors are pin-mounted, a racing technique which keeps them cooler. The stance is understated and belies the power. The rumble of the big V8 is audible, and satisfying.
It may be better to stay in the automatic mode until you get in third gear. Mercedes has emerged from a long tradition of funereal hues and dark wood trim into something more contemporary. Since peak power is 5500, you want to shift before 6000. The front vented discs are 13. . .
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