NEW BENZ COUPE A BENCH­MARK IN ITS CLASS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CARS GUIDE - Peter Barn­well Call Mar­shalls Mo­tors, Church and Mee­han Sts, Par­ra­matta on 9897 1777.

NO AR­GU­MENT, the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is a bench­mark car in its class on many fronts. Sales un­der­line that point.

But if you think the sedan is a tad on the staid side to look at then you should check out the new C-Class Coupe due early next year.

“The wow fac­tor” doesn’t really do jus­tice to this svelte and sexy two-door tin top and yes, there’s a raunchy AMG 63 version in the mix at launch along with a cabrio drop top down the track.

It looks sen­sa­tional from all an­gles par­tic­u­larly from the rear and has strong cut through on the road judg­ing by the re­ac­tion from other driv­ers and pedes­tri­ans.

Aus­tralia will get a num­ber of vari­ants start­ing with the C200 and C300 Coupes – both with 2.0-litre turbo petrol en­gines in dif­fer­ent states of tune. They are com­mon en­gines across the Benz line-up as is the 2.1-litre turbo diesel in the C250d. Round­ing out the lo­cal CCoupe line up is the AMG Sport model com­plete with a 4.0-litre twin turbo petrol V8 crank­ing out 375kW (more than 500 horse­power) and a moun­tain­ous 700Nm of torque. It’s the same “hot in­side vee” en­gine (cen­tre ex­haust and turbo in­stal­la­tion) as in the C63 sedan, same 7-Speed AMG Speed­shift auto trans­mis­sion too.

The other petrol C-Class Coupes have a 7 G-Tronic trans­mis­sion, the diesel a nine-speed and alldrive the rear wheels.

PRIC­ING

THOUGH pric­ing is as yet un­avail-

VER­DICT Would be happy with any model even the 200. New C-Class Coupe has the looks in­side and out, the kit, tech­nol­ogy, poise, pol­ish and per­for­mance to take on all com­ers. able, ex­pect the new range to kick off close to the cur­rent range which means about $65,000 for the C200 Coupe ris­ing to about $165,000 for the AMG 63.

The oth­ers are dot­ted in be­tween with the ex­pected big­gest seller, the C300 Coupe, com­ing in around the 80 grand mark.

Power and torque out­puts start at 135kW/300Nm for the C200, ris- ing to 180kW/370Nm for the C300, 150kW/500Nm for the C250d and the AMG63 at 375kW/700Nm.

All pass Euro 6 emis­sions reg­u­la­tions and have ef­fi­ciency op­ti­mised pow­er­trains to save up to 20 per cent fuel com­pared with the pre­vi­ous model.

The Coupe is be­ing touted as a long-dis­tance tourer which it may be but it also has a de­cid­edly sporty edge, par­tic­u­larly the C300 and the C63 which has a spe­cially de­vel­oped, wider rear axle that per­forms a torque vec­tor­ing func­tion as well as en­hanc­ing the C63’s stance.

LARGER DI­MEN­SIONS

THE coupe rides lower than the sedan, has a longer wheel­base than the pre­vi­ous C-Coupe and is larger in nearly ev­ery di­men­sion.

The beau­ti­fully-styled aero­dy­namic body cuts a mere 0.26Cd.

In­ter­net ca­pa­bil­ity is built into all vari­ants along with the lat­est in­fo­tain­ment fea­tures.

An app can be pro­vided to carry out nu­mer­ous car func­tions from any­where on the planet in­clud­ing cen­tral lock­ing, win­dow po­si­tion and GPS des­ti­na­tions along with sim­ply lo­cat­ing your car in a large carpark.

Driver as­sist func­tions are nu­mer­ous across the range with the higher spec’ cars gain­ing more.

Cars­guide went to Spain last week for the in­ter­na­tional C- Coupe launch tak­ing the wheel of the C300, the C250d and the awesome C63AMG.

While the C300 has plenty to of­fer in ev­ery driv­ing ap­pli­ca­tion, and the nine-speed auto diesel is a crack­ing good long-dis­tance fuel sip­per the main fo­cus will be on the ag­gres­sive-look­ing (and sound­ing) C63. It’s a twin turbo direct in­jec­tion V8 with vari­able camshaft lift and tim­ing is a hot in­side vee unit.

This places the ex­haust out­let in the mid­dle of the en­gine vee along with the two twin scroll tur­bocharg­ers – ef­fec­tively a quad turbo sys­tem.

In­ter­nals are all high-end, su­per strong com­po­nents to en­sure re­li­able power for the life of the car.

The trans­mis­sion is a version of the MCT unit cur­rently in the E63AMG and other high torque sporty Benz V8s. It is not a twin clutch unit but feels like it.

Where the C63 really has an edge is in the new wider rear axle and elec­tronic lim­ited slip dif­fer­en­tial, the 19-inch front and wider rear wheels, the car­bon ce­ramic brakes (op­tional), and so called uni-ball rear sus­pen­sion bushes that re­place the more flex­i­ble rub­ber items. Elec­tronic shock ab­sorbers can be set to a cer­tain stiff­ness by the driver or op­er­ate in “ac­tive” mode.

On the money … the new C-Class Coupe.

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