This new one is better in every way. The four-valve unit is one of the most powerful V6 engines in its displacement class and reinforces its sporting credentials with a pleasing, full-throated sound. We were convinced it simply could not be shut off. Restoring the top is just as easy: Press the lock button twice and hold it down the third time. The new Mercedes Roadster replaces a successful first-generation model enjoyed by over 308,000 delighted owners since autumn 1996.
The occupant protection systems adjust their reactions according to the situation in hand. A dashboard switch suggests the program can be turned off, but it can't--it just kicks in at what it sees as a more intemperate level of driving on your part. The redesigned interior merges a few metallic bits with high-quality leather and plastic. This extra forcefulness is underpinned by a 30-millimetre longer wheelbase, clear tapering of the front and rear ends and a wedge-shape silhouette. For years we've complained about the butt-in behavior of the electronic stability programs in Mercedes-Benzes, which automatically intervene to shut down power and braking when they think your driving needs help. The new rack-and-pinion setup talks to the hand as readily as a guest on Jerry Springer. The revised mill is rotary-smooth and blessed with a constant stream of 258 pound-feet of torque from 2400 to 5000 rpm that provides excellent 30-to-50- and 50-to-70-mph top-gear passing times.
Power delivery at any rpm is quick and effortless, and the thrust never seems to taper off. A second intake manifold, tumble flaps in the intake ducts and intelligent heat management are further technical highlights of the new six-cylinder unit. Opt for the Premium package, and you'll get the ability to raise and lower the hardtop via the key fob. Plus, customers can choose from a range of six shades for the leather trim, or any one of twelve designo appointment colours. The engine responsible for this dulcet opus is a 268-hp, 3. The entirely redesigned second generation will surely revive the excitement, not because of its price, but because it is now a driver's car.
To drop the top, press the unlock button twice and hold it down the third time. ÃÂ Inside, the interior is biased toward comfort. With the top down, even a small amount of sunlight makes the display unreadable; brighter lighting would fix that. The car's new steering system contributes greatly to the chuckable feel. Here, Mercedes-Benz is the first manufacturer to respond to the desires of drivers with more sporting ambitions by adding an eight-cylinder powerplant to the mix. Its engine beat out a sound that was more popcorn popper than sports car.
There's a slightly rubbery feel as in the M3, and the throws aren't quite as short as the S2000's, but the effort is light and positive. The cup holders are just the beginning. Controls are straightforward, and the overall design is original and satisfying. Mercedes has finally purged itself of the numb recirculating-ball steering that was too fast off-center and incommunicado after that. But the shroud muddies visibility as effectively as it blocks the wind.
They securely held two large fountain drinks under moderate acceleration and cornering and didn't spill a drop. The beautifully sculptured bodywork is also an achievement in terms of its technical prowess. Press the trip odometer reset button three times rapidly before it goes off. Even more alluring, more powerful and sportier than ever, the beguiling two-seater is due to celebrate its European market premiere in March 2004. The global number one in its market segment, it serves as a symbol for the new, dynamic brand image of Mercedes-Benz.
After only a few miles with it attached, we decided to remove it, as looking through the rearview mirror made us think we had developed cataracts. To start, turn the ignition key to the first accessory position, making sure the dash display shows the odometer. Turn It Off--All the Way Off! Stops from 70 mph are drama-free and use up 167 feet. . Anyone who can come up with such cool drink holders should be able to do a better job with the stereo display. The second generation of the Mercedes compact two-seater also boasts an exquisite overall design, several details of which take their cue from Formula 1.
The engine has a willing personality that is perfectly suited to a manual transmission-you'll definitely not regret choosing it over the automatic. A surround-sound system with eleven speakers and 380-watt output is also available as an option in order to further optimise the in-car audio experience. Peak torque is available as low down as 2400 rpm and remains constant up to 5000 rpm. Why our tester ran to 161 instead of a governed 155 is a mystery. Based on the 215-hp, 3.