JOY RIDE

Ac­tor, lead­ing man and cross­bor­der star Fred­er­ick Lee drove the Mercedes-benz E 300 Coupé down to Sin­ga­pore for his cover-shoot last month. The things he does for his elder brother...

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For our Septem­ber 2017 is­sue, broth­ers Christo­pher and Fred­er­ick Lee graced the cover in a cross-bor­der special, unit­ing the Sin­ga­pore-based and Kuala-lumpur-based ac­tors. We wanted to con­duct the pho­to­shoot in the Lion City, so we knew that there was only one way to send Fred­er­ick there—in the brand-new Mercedes-benz E 300 Coupé, the lat­est mem­ber of Mercedes-benz’s Dream Cars Col­lec­tion.

The lux­u­ri­ous, stylish and mas­cu­line E 300 Coupé per­fectly com­ple­ments such an iconic fig­ure like Fred­er­ick Lee. It is de­signed to evoke both a dy­namic spirit and a pow­er­ful essence, thanks to its re­duced lines, trade­mark front-end aes­thet­ics, and strik­ing rear end. The lat­est it­er­a­tion of the E 300 Coupé has a larger foot­print com­pared to the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion’s, which cre­ates an even more com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment for all pas­sen­gers. No won­der Lee felt the road trip was one of the most ef­fort­less drives of his life.

The Mercedes-benz E 300 Coupé is a ma­jes­tic ve­hi­cle to be­hold, but it doesn’t for­get that, ev­ery so of­ten, its driver will want to ex­pe­ri­ence thrilling feats of en­gi­neer­ing. In that re­gard, the E 300 Coupé more than de­liv­ers: boast­ing 245 of horse­power and 370Nm of torque, it can go from nought to 100kmh in 6.4 sec­onds, and has a top speed of 250kmh—all while con­sum­ing only 6.4 litres for ev­ery 100km. It comes with Ac­tive Brake As­sist and Agility con­trol sus­pen­sion as stan­dard, while also fea­tur­ing Dy­namic se­lect, which al­lows the driver to choose Com­fort, Eco, Sport, Sport +, and In­di­vid­ual trans­mis­sion modes. In other words, for Lee’s so­journ to Sin­ga­pore, he had the free­dom to per­son­alise his drive and to cus­tomise his ride down to the small­est au­to­mo­tive de­tails. It made for a road trip he won’t soon for­get.

Ev­ery sin­gle mas­ter­piece in Mercedes-benz’s Dream Cars Col­lec­tion will ex­cite you and pam­per you at the same time. You’ll ex­pe­ri­ence adren­a­line-rush­ing speed in the com­fort of deca­dently lux­u­ri­ous leather seats. The E 300 Coupé, the lat­est to join this elite sta­ble of ve­hi­cles, is no dif­fer­ent. Con­fig­ure the car to your ex­act spec­i­fi­ca­tions us­ing the touch con­trol but­tons in the steer­ing wheel, the touch­pad in the cen­tre con­sole, or the Lin­gua­tronic voice con­trol sys­tem. The E 300 Coupé also fea­tures a cut­ting edge in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem called Co­mand online, which al­lows for ca­pac­i­tive aerial cou­pling, wire­less charg­ing, and us­ing your smart­phone to be­come a dig­i­tal ve­hi­cle key (us­ing Near-field Com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech). For this jour­ney to Sin­ga­pore, Lee was very im­pressed with the car’s Burmester sur­round sound sys­tem, as well as the

high-res­o­lu­tion Widescreen Cock­pit. It told him ev­ery­thing he needed to know about the drive—and then some.

Very of­ten when we go on road trips, we pay no mind to the con­struct en­abling it. We pretty much for­get about the car. In this case, how­ever, Lee was at one with the mas­ter­fully built, ex­pertly crafted au­to­mo­bile pow­er­ing his jour­ney: the Mercedes-benz E 300 Coupé. He al­most seemed sad that the drive was over, and re­luc­tant to leave it. But then, when the des­ti­na­tion set up a re­union with his beloved elder brother, well, he could live with that.

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