Why our tester ran to 161 instead of a governed 155 is a mystery. But the shroud muddies visibility as effectively as it blocks the wind. And once the car was in motion, my reservations faded like my hopes of being discovered as a child prodigy. It's wider, too, by 2. If you do this right, a screen will appear showing a voltmeter. Even with the top stowed, there is enough room underneath it for luggage for two travelers.
The redesigned interior merges a few metallic bits with high-quality leather and plastic. Dash and doorsills are at nearly shoulder level, and the top of the windshield looms like the bill of a baseball cap--it's like being in a bunker. ÃÂ Inside, the interior is biased toward comfort. The car would easily cruise on speeds above 240 kmph. Unlike Jerry's guests, though, the wheel speaks clearly, predictably, and without anger.
Sales start in Europe was March 27, 2004, on March 26, 2011, he was replaced by the third generation. The entirely redesigned second generation will surely revive the excitement, not because of its price, but because it is now a driver's car. The engine has a willing personality that is perfectly suited to a manual transmission-you'll definitely not regret choosing it over the automatic. A dashboard switch suggests the program can be turned off, but it can't--it just kicks in at what it sees as a more intemperate level of driving on your part. The engines include a four-cylinder engine engine designation M 271 , two six-cylinder engine M 272 and an eight-cylinder engine M 113. They securely held two large fountain drinks under moderate acceleration and cornering and didn't spill a drop.
We were convinced it simply could not be shut off. . To drop the top, press the unlock button twice and hold it down the third time. There's a slightly rubbery feel as in the M3, and the throws aren't quite as short as the S2000's, but the effort is light and positive. Compared with the old car, there are an extra 1. The extra displacement comes from an increase in bore and stroke, and new pistons contribute to a bump in the compression ratio from 10.
The new engine shares its bore centers but not its bore, adding 3. The company has been in the single-cam, three-valve, twin-spark business for more than a decade, having produced V-6s, V-8s, and V-12s off the same basic engine template. Push a single button, and the metal top goes through 22 seconds of yoga-like contortion to fold into the trunk. It certainly looked the part, but dynamically it didn't sing the way a sports car should. To avoid buffeting from the rear, Mercedes throws in a see-through fabric shroud that attaches to the two roll hoops. Shutting off all the electronic aids isn't easy, and that should tell you something. The only negative point wer.
The compression ratio also rises, from 10. Toss it through a few corners, and it immediately feels smaller than its predecessor, despite its larger dimensions. Lower the top, and the feeling of encapsulation disappears. The new rack-and-pinion setup talks to the hand as readily as a guest on Jerry Springer. They're negotiable too, so whatever your situation is, you'll be able to haggle them down to your liking.
If you don't keep an eye on the tachometer, you're sure to run into the 6500-rpm fuel cutoff in the short first and second gears. There's more sportlich in the chassis, too. A Formula 1 tribute is etched in the protruding nose and grille wings. The cup holders are just the beginning. Well, Benz lovers, we found a way.
Two beneficial Mercedes traits that have carried over are a rigid body structure and strong, fade-free brakes. Both the three-valve head and the cylinder-deactivation system will be ditched for good when the redesigned S-class appears in 2005. Opt for the Premium package, and you'll get the ability to raise and lower the hardtop via the key fob. Is Mercedes learning how to build sports-car engines? The V-6 is new, the first engine of many to come that will shred the current Mercedes rulebook. Attached to the stiff structure are a strut front suspension and a multilink rear suspension. The vehicle was first presented at the 74th Geneva Motor Show.