Four ver­sions of the new E-Class Coupé

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open-pore or bright gloss fin­ish, while the AMG line is trimmed in ei­ther black and red or black and white, to­gether with deeper bumpers at both ends, spe­cial ex­te­rior trim, big­ger rims, and an AMG sports steer­ing wheel.

As you’d ex­pect, the Coupé has all the giz­motron­ics of its four-door sedan sib­ling, in­clud­ing wire­less smart­phone con­nec­tion and charg­ing, Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto, and live traf­fic in­for­ma­tion.

Driver aids in­clude Drive Pi­lot, an ac­tive cruise con­trol that’ll main­tain a safe dis­tance from the car in front of you at up to 210km/h, au­to­matic brak­ing for slow traf­fic or pedes­tri­ans, and re­mote park­ing via a smart­phone app.

Also avail­able as op­tions are multi­beam head­lights, each with 84 in­di­vid­ual LEDs, di­rectly wa­ter fed wind­screen wiper blades, and a concierge ser­vice.

The tail lights say “hello” and “good­bye” in an ap­peal­ing light show. When the ve­hi­cle is opened, the tail light LEDs il­lu­mi­nate suc­ces­sively from the cen­tre of the ve­hi­cle out­wards. On lock­ing the ve­hi­cle, the light se­quence runs in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. The tail lamps also have a bril­liant ap­pear­ance rem­i­nis­cent of the glow of a jet en­gine.

The stan­dard is­sue steel-spring sus­pen­sion with am­pli­tude-de­pen­dent damp­ing runs 15mm lower than that of the sedan, and it’s tuned for com­fort.

If Sir wishes to drive in a more spir­ited man­ner, Sir should choose the dy­namic body con­trol sus­pen­sion with ad­justable damp­ing, of­fer­ing “Com­fort”, “Sport” and “Sport+” set­tings, or the Air Body Con­trol multi-cham­ber air sus­pen­sion with con­tin­u­ous, elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled adap­tive damp­ing at each in­di­vid­ual wheel.

The E-Class Coupé is avail­able at launch with a choice of one diesel and three petrol en­gines, each driv­ing via a nine­speed 9GTronic au­to­matic trans­mis­sion – but we’ve been promised more en­gine choices and all-wheel drive ver­sions down the road.

The E 220d has a new all-alu­minum 1950cc tur­bod­iesel four-cylin­der en­gine, with sin­gle-stage tur­bocharger and vari­able tur­bine ge­om­e­try.

It’s rated for 143kW at 3800 rpm and 400Nm from 1600-2800rpm. The 0-100km/h sprint takes a claimed 7.4 sec­onds and top whack is 242km/h, at a fac­tory-quoted fuel con­sump­tion of four litres per 100km.

The two-litre E 200 tur­bopetrol four-cylin­der de­liv­ers a quoted 135kW at 5500rpm and 300Nm from 12004000rpm, hits a hun­dred in 7.8 sec­onds and 240km/h flat out, at a fuel cost of six litres per 100km.

The E 300 has the same en­gine, but tuned for 180kW at 5500rpm and 370Nm from 14004000rpm, launches to 100km/h in 6.4 sec­onds and is lim­ited to 250km/h, while slurp­ing 6.4 litres per 100km.

Top­ping the range at launch is the three-litre, V6 tur­bopetrol E 400 with 4Matic all-wheel drive, boast­ing 245kW from 5250-6000rpm and 480Nm from 1600 – 4000, sprint­ing from 0-100 in 5.3s and lim­ited to 250km/h, at a cost of 8.1 litres per 100km.

MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS COUPÉ PRICES E 200 - 135kW/300Nm R754 500 E 220d - 143kW/400Nm R806 500 E.300 - 180kW/370Nm R842 500 E400 4Matic R1 021 500

These in­clude a six year or 100 000km main­te­nance plan.

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