Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet Test Drive

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet The real tragedy of the new E-Class Cabriolet lies in the fact that Mercedes-Benz has zero plans to bring any of its clean-diesel models to our ports. European buyers will have the choice between a total of six powerful and efficient diesel mills, 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet the most impressive of which is a turbocharged 2.2-liter four-cylinder with 170 hp that manages 44 mpg on the U.S. cycle.

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet But that gripe aside, American buyers will have the option of a honking V8, which pounds out some 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. When combined with the seven-speed automatic transmission, the acceleration is positively explosive – but more on that later. If you're not into having your torso smashed into the seat every time you press the long pedal, you can have your Cabriolet in E350 trim, which uses a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The six-cylinder enlists the same seven-speed automatic transmission.

While most manufacturers are at least flirting with retractable hardtops these days, Mercedes-Benz has decided to stick with a traditional soft-top for its convertibles. We're not talking about the noisy, cold cloth contraptions of days gone by, however. The top is a multilayered unit that keeps sound and the elements at bay while not tacking on any unnecessary pounds. While hardtops come closer to replicating fixed-roof cars, they typically intrude on passenger space, a downside the E-Class does not suffer. The top does, however, dramatically reduce trunk space, when lowered, from 13.8 cubic feet to just 3.2.

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