Exterior Rear windows in the pillar-less coupe retract fully to create an open, airy feeling. Under the Hood A 268-horsepower, 3. In 2000 this safety feature became standard across the board, as did Mercedes' new TeleAid emergency communications system. The car is sold as a convertible Cabriolet , or as a coupe. Still, there were some consumers who wanted something with Mercedes' well-known strengths and presence, but coupled to more daring styling. On the highway, the car always felt solid and composed, however. Its convertible equivalent followed in 2002, and both went away at year's end.
Inflatable air cushions concealed in the multicontour seats allow both the driver and the front passenger to adjust the seat contours to suit their individual requirements. Actual braking distances were excellent, too. The pieces come together in a particularly happy way, blending the sheer thrust we've loved since the '60s with 21st-century polish. In addition to the extra power, V8 models added a body kit, different-colored interior pieces and paddle shifters for the automatic transmission. Convertible equivalents to all three joined for 2004. The front-seat side-impact airbags in Cabriolets provide head and thorax protection. Mercedes-Benz's three-pointed star sits at the center of a low, wide grille.
Major options included a sport appearance package, a navigation system, an upgraded Harman Kardon audio system and keyless ignition. All models had standard leather, dual-zone automatic climate control, SmartKey keyless entry, a Bose cassette stereo, power seats with memory, front seat side airbags and antilock brakes. The back seat is sculpted into two buckets. Interior Each model holds four occupants on leather-upholstered seats; the rear seat is split and folds. Mercedes-Benz's three-pointed star sits at the center of a low, wide grille. Exterior Rear windows in the pillar-less coupe retract fully to create an open, airy feeling.
Interior Each model holds four occupants on leather-upholstered seats; the rear seat is split and folds. The stiff body structure and supple suspension give good comfort and accurate control--about all we might have wished for was more talkative steering and a true manual gearbox. Twin ellipses form a single headlight unit on each side of the grille. Additional options include bi-xenon headlights, a navigation system and a Parktronic system that detects obstacles to the rear. When front occupants close their doors, an arm extends to deliver the seat belt buckle. Standard equipment includes a Tele Aid emergency assistance system, automatic dual-zone air conditioning with a sun sensor, 10-way power front seats and rain-sensing wipers.
To no one's surprise, it was a hit. The rigid, aerodynamic body carries a full complement of ' finest hardware, from well-sorted brakes, steering, and suspension bits to all the computer-based driver aids Electronic Stability Control, Automatic Slip Control, Brake Assist, and more. When front occupants close their doors, an arm extends to deliver the seat belt buckle. There's also an electronic truck closer that lets you close the trunk with a button inside the cabin or on the trunk itself. Throughout most of the 1980s and '90s, offered impeccably built luxury cars geared toward the company's traditional buyers who didn't mind the somewhat blocky design aesthetic exhibited across the lineup.
. Over the years, the B-pillars have been removed and an automatic soft-top, seven-speed automatic transmission and sensor-controlled roll bars disguised as head restraints have been added. Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. Touch Shift permits manually selected gear changes. It was plenty quick, too. Twin ellipses form a single headlight unit on each side of the grille.
Silver-painted brake callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering and perforated brake discs ensure impressive stopping distances whilst the sports suspension boosts dynamic performance and optimises overall road feel. Those parts themselves aren't especially humble, either. Over the years, the B-pillars have been removed and an automatic soft-top, seven-speed automatic transmission and sensor-controlled roll bars disguised as head restraints have been added. Also, the five-speed automatic transmission on all models gained a manual mode. All models use a seven-speed automatic transmission. The dampness of a morning shower especially emphasized the system's value, but even when the pavement dried, the electronics were still the fast way to go.
Our gripes on the inside concerned the lack of a tilt steering wheel, limited rear-seat headroom and the complexity of many of the controls. The recipe comes straight out of the '60s musclecar heyday: Drop a biggish engine into a smallish chassis to create a lusty, V-8-powered, two-door hardtop coupe. The car is sold as a convertible Cabriolet , or as a coupe. In reviews at the time, we took issue with the transmission, which often second-guessed the driver's intentions and delivered badly timed shifts. Mercedes' Keyless Go system unlocks and starts the car via buttons on the door handles and gearshift knob, respectively. Coupes have full-length side curtain airbags.
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