VALPARAÍSO

The Peak (Malaysia) - - Mercedes-Benz Special -

WHERE: n the Paci c coast of Chile.

GET­TING THERE: From the Chilean cap­i­tal of San­ti­ago, Valparaíso is a straight­for­ward 90-minute drive on Ruta 68.

GO: Founded in the early 16th cen­tury, Valparaíso served as a ma­jor stopover for ships sail­ing be­tween the At­lantic and Paci c by cross­ing the Straits of Mag­el­lan be­fore the open­ing of the Panama Canal. It re­mains one of the most im­por­tant ports in the South Paci c, and the city, sprawled out over the hills, is colour­ful and vi­brant.

DO: While Valparaíso’s his­toric quar­ter has been a UNESCO World Her­itage Site since 2003, the city has long cel­e­brated Chilean cul­ture. One of its most fa­mous res­i­dents was the great poet and No­bel lau­re­ate Pablo Neruda, whose house in the city, La

Se­bas­tiana (Ferrari 692 in Bellav­ista), sits high on a hill, with panoramic views of the city and the bay. La Se­bas­tiana is now a mu­seum and houses Neruda’s per­sonal pos­ses­sions, giv­ing you a glimpse into the great poet’s in­spi­ra­tions.

MERCEDES-BENZ E 350 e AMG LINE

One of the lat­est ad­di­tions to MercedesBenz’s plug-in hy­brid fam­ily, the E 350 e boasts four op­er­at­ing modes, mak­ing it the most ver­sa­tile hy­brid ever. In pure elec­tric mode, the E 350 e has a range of 33km and top speed of 130km/h. With a com­bined power and torque out­put of 286hp and 550Nm, re­spec­tively, this dy­namic car takes just 6.2 sec­onds to hit 100km/h from a stand­still.

COMAND On­line al­lows easy ac­cess to in­fo­tain­ment, nav­i­ga­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions while driv­ing. It can be op­er­ated us­ing a touch­pad and con­troller, the LINGUATRONIC voice in­put sys­tem or the Touch Con­trol but­ton on the right of the steer­ing wheel. One of its most im­por­tant fea­tures is the cut­ting-edge nav­i­ga­tion ser­vices.

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