Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe

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EX­PEC­TA­TION and re­al­ity are of­ten vastly dif­fer­ent. And if you’re expecting the E400 to be a per­for­mance-based four-seat, two-door coupe, then you’ll be dis­ap­pointed. Yet, that’s not the whole story, and as far as a de­sign state­ment is con­cerned, it’s strik­ing. Smooth lines, frame­less doors, and B-pil­lar­less pro­file re­sults in a co­he­sive sil­hou­ette – not to men­tion the jewellery con­tained in the front grille and rear tail­lights. The cabin com­mands its own iden­tity over the sedan via tur­binestyle air vents, while the twin 12.3-inch screens com­plete the thor­oughly mod­ern and tech-savvy in­te­rior. It’s a sump­tu­ous place to be, one that iso­lates you from the out­side world in a way a $145,611 GT car should. Un­der the bon­net is a re­fined 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6. Its 245kW/480Nm fig­ures might be down on the E43 Sedan, but it’s still enough for pur­pose­ful, al­beit muted, ac­cel­er­a­tion. Es­pe­cially when matched to 4MATIC all-wheel drive sys­tem and the seam­less nine-speed auto. The air sus­pen­sion af­fords a true waft­ing Benz na­ture (even in Sport+ mode) and with loads of grip you can re­ally hus­tle along with the heavy kerb weight aid­ing a sure-footed na­ture. It also de­fies its size and heft on direc­tion changes, given it’s no longer based on smaller C-Class un­der­pin­nings.

But the air sus­pen­sion doesn’t quite con­trol ver­ti­cal move­ments as well as it could and sharp pot­holes can send a crash through the cabin – largely down to the size­able 20-inch wheels run­ning 30-pro­file rub­ber. Ul­ti­mately, if you ex­pect el­e­gance, lux­ury, com­fort and a hint of per­for­mance, then the E400 Coupe will more than ful­fil your re­al­ity. – TG

SPECS 3.0-LITRE V6 TWIN-TURBO, 245KW, 480NM, 1845KG, 0-100KM/H 5.3SEC PRICE $145,611

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