2/14/11

Mercedes C-Class Coupe Arrives!


Those German automakers love to go at each other..!

Mercedes-Benz has unwrapped its new C-Class Coupe, a direct shot at longtime rival BMW and their 3 series coupe. While I’m at it, don’t forget Audi’s A5, Cadillac’s new CTS coupe or Infinity’s two-door G37.

Initial specifications released by Mercedes show a pair of engine choices available to the North American market. The entry level C250 Coupe will be powered by MB’s new 1.8 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine. Horsepower should come in at 201 along with 229 lb-ft of torque, good to get the car to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds according to Mercedes. A step up in the model line will secure the C350 Coupe and their current 3.5 liter V6 with 302 bhp and 273 lb-ft. I don’t believe a manual transmission option will be available as both cars are slated for a 7-speed automatic as standard equipment. A hot-rod AMG version should make an appearance as well, but Mercedes is being tight-lipped as to any details on this ultra-performance version.

A quick review of officially released photos indicates a nearly identical front portion to the just updated C-Class sedan. From the A-pillar back, one notes the changes with the longer door and differing roofline.

I do have one major gripe… Take a look at a Honda Accord coupe and notice the upward kink in the window between the B and C pillars. The Mercedes Coupe looks almost identical and frankly it doesn’t sit well to my eye, although an in-person viewing may sway my negative opinion. My guess is the designers were trying to differentiate from the larger E-Class coupe.

Hmmm…

The C-Class Coupe is due in showrooms in September. Model pricing and further specifications should arrive shortly as Mercedes finalizes their entry into the coupe wars..!

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