KICKING I N TO HIGH GEAR

From photo shoots to a day out with the girls, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé proves to be the ul­ti­mate ride, as dis­cov­ered by Lim Ai Chiin, lover of lux­ury cars and founder of Cu evo­lu­tion.

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Mercedes-Benz un­leashed the fierce C-Class Coupé and I was front and cen­tre to ex­pe­ri­ence the me­chan­i­cal won­ders of this sleek new ride. I’ve been want­ing a new car for awhile, or rather, have been toy­ing with the idea of hav­ing one in place of my very sturdy Mercedes ( Yes, an­other Mercedes). Be­ing of­fered the chance to take the new C-Class Coupé out for a four-day spin, I jumped at the op­por­tu­nity with ea­ger­ness. De­liv­ered straight to my door, I was im­me­di­ately taken by the sexy shade of blue and its smooth sporty frame. You could say it churned up emo­tions like when re­ceiv­ing an or­ange box from Her­mès—I couldn’t wait to jump right in. As I took a mini walk around the car—with lit­tle “oohs” and “ahhs” go­ing on in my head—to ex­am­ine the sen­su­ous de­sign of my new friend on the road (al­beit tem­po­rary), I couldn’t help be­ing drawn to the di­a­mond ra­di­a­tor grille on the front. Def­i­nitely a fashionable touch of lux­ury to the car’s al­ready im­pres­sive façade. An avid be­liever of the beauty of fine de­tails, it cre­ated a strong im­pres­sion on me and suc­cess­fully weaved its way into my heart and mind even be­fore the drive be­gan.

DAY 1

Af­ter sev­eral min­utes of ad­mir­ing my new ride (again!), it was fi­nally time to take my­self out on a lit­tle cof­fee date. The sim­plis­tic el­e­gance of the in­te­rior is a tes­ta­ment of the Mercedes-Benz de­sign and its phi­los­o­phy of sen­sual pu­rity. It was pol­ished yet sporty, and to put it in a fash­ion term, the true def­i­ni­tion of the ath­leisure trend on the rise right now. The up­hol­stery amps up the luxe feel of the C-Class Coupé, while main­tain­ing a con­tem­po­rary cool feel; unique colour com­bi­na­tions such as sad­dle brown and porce­lain. The quick ride to Kenny Hills Bak­ers for my cup of cof­fee was so serene. With its quiet hum, the car was per­fect for the time alone I sorely needed.

DAY 2

It was the week­end—the per­fect time to truly test drive my new ride. I took the op­por­tu­nity to play around with the sound sys­tem, con­nect­ing it via Blue­tooth to my iPhone, and the sound was fan­tas­tic. No sooner did I make my way out of the house did it start pour­ing. What was sup­posed to be a chilled morn­ing was sud­denly be­com­ing a night­mare as the rain poured hard and long on the ground. Cou­pled with an un­usual morn­ing traf­fic, my usual 15-minute drive turned into a slow and one-and-a-half-hour jour­ney. I didn’t have to fret, though. The slip­pery roads were easy to drive on, thanks to the brake dry­ing func­tion reg­u­larly wip­ing the mois­ture from the brake discs to make full brak­ing power in­stantly avail­able.

DAY 3

It’s a day full of catch-ups with the girls; time for a real test of en­durance! The C-Class Coupé is fully equipped with se­lectable driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ences through five of its Dy­namic Se­lect modes— Com­fort, ECO, Sport, Sport+, and In­di­vid­ual. Our first pit stop was Cassey Gan’s stu­dio to col­lect some pri­vate or­ders, as well as a lit­tle tête-à-tête with the de­signer her­self. Stop­ping by at Cassey’s is never an easy task as we al­ways get dis­tracted by her clothes. Our next trip was to Starhill Gallery to col­lect a spe­cial some­thing and then to the Shangri-La for a quick meet­ing. Park­ing can be such a drag but the light steer­ing wheel and easy ma­neu­ver­ing made it a whole lot eas­ier, es­pe­cially in con­fined spa­ces. We ended our girl’s day out at So­laris Mont Kiara with a much-needed spa ses­sion. What could be bet­ter than get­ting a re­lax­ing hot stone mas­sage to ease those knots?

DAY 4

Phew—the week flew by in a flash! I’m beginning to feel a lit­tle sad about say­ing good­bye to my gor­geous friend on the road. How­ever, there was no time to dwell in such un­happy thoughts—I had to get ready for a shoot. While load­ing the items into the car, I re­alised I could eas­ily fit a lug­gage full of clothes, our man­nequin, and shoe boxes in the boot, with room to spare. It’s ev­ery fash­ion girl’s dream!

Dress; and Fash­ion Show Dot­com bag, both from Fendi.

Rev­erso watch, Jaeger-LeCoul­tre.

Leather jump­suit; and belt, both from Hèrmes.

Guipure lace and flo­ral-jacquard minidress, Gi­ambat­tista Valli.

Ex­clu­sive Front­bass sound sys­tem—al­most as good as lis­ten­ing to live mu­sic in a con­cert hall

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