2010 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Coupe
2010 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Coupe
2010 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Coupe. Click image to enlarge

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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

When is a Mercedes-Benz E-Class not really an E-Class?

When it’s a 2010 E350 Coupe.

Mercedes new, swoopy two-door coupe, which replaces the CLK, leans heavily on the C-Class platform. It is seven inches shorter, four inches narrower and three and a half inches lower than the E-Class sedan, but it does use the E’s suspension components.

With a base price of $58,600, the E350 Coupe is actually $4,300 cheaper than the E350 Sedan, which is a complete reversal of the norm. Usually one pays a premium for the privilege of having two fewer doors and more style.

Make that considerably more style. This is a striking car. The front end gets a raked twin-strake grill (there is no hood ornament) and a unique take on the quad trapezoidal headlights of the E-Class. The arching glass roof sweeps over rear haunches featuring sculpted fenders, again a nod to the E, and resolves to a simple and elegant rear end sporting twin rectangular exhaust tips, LED taillights and a rear diffuser. Adding to the coupe’s grace are frameless door windows which translate to no B-pillars: so classic; so romantic.

2010 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Coupe
2010 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Coupe. Click image to enlarge

Being new on the streets, this Stannite Grey Metallic E350 Coupe garnered plenty of looks. Mercedes-Benz claims this is the most aerodynamic car on the market, cleaving the air with greater efficiency than even the Toyota Prius.

Power comes from M-B’s ubiquitous 3.5-litre DOHC 24-valve 90-degree V6 that makes 268 hp at 6,000 rpm and 258 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,400 to 5,000 rpm. Mated to the seven-speed 7G-Tronic, it moves this 1695-kg (3748-lb) coupe out smartly (0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds), and the transmission swaps cogs seamlessly. There are paddle shifters on the wheel, or you can tap the floor-mounted shifter to the left for upshifts and right for downshifts, but in either case the shifts are tardy.

2010 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Coupe
2010 Mercedes-Benz E 350 Coupe. Click image to enlarge

In comparison, German tranny specialist ZF, who supplies auto boxes to BMW, Jaguar, and Maserati among others, has engineered very quick and satisfying manual shift responses that rival twin-clutch boxes in many instances. So it can be done.

Inside you’re treated to a lovely cabin – this car featuring no-charge sport leather upholstery in Black/Flamenco red. The infinitely adjustable Multicontour seats and sports steering wheel here are part of the $800 AMG Sport Package that also includes 18-inch AMG six twin-spoke alloys and AMG Styling Package (front apron, side skirts and rear apron).

The $4,200 Premium Package added Parktronic with Advanced Parking Guidance, COMAND APS with navigation, Linguatronic voice control, rear window sunshade, Keyless-Go and upgraded Harmon/Kardon surround sound.

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