So I am driving the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 Coupe this week… and I wanted to share some First Impressions with you.
First of all, the car looks great in person – even in Gloomy Granpa Blue. Picture this car in silver or black and it would look excellent. One of the only areas I would change is the strip of chrome running along the lower accent line – paint it to match the rest of the car. The muscular haunches and angles all show that this car might just mean some biz-nass… and the 5.5L V8 under the hood proves that biz-nass is indeed the order of the day.
In stark contrast to the exterior, is the luxuriously appointed interior. The front seats are very comfortable, and I don’t need to move them all the way back even with my 6’3″ Dearthair-crushing frame. The rear seats are a different matter, as the back angle is awkward due to the stylish outside lines. Also, unless you are Graverobber – fitting back there will be interesting. (Ha… two of you knocked down a peg in one paragraph!).
The best part of the car is easily the engine. This E550 Coupe is belting out 382 ready and willing ponies. In full automatic mode, the car drives so smoothly yet tap the SPORT button and the throttle response turns nutty – almost TOO hectic. The noise coming out of the back of this car is an excellent sensation for the ears – ranging from a low gurgle to a, well… loud gurgle. It almost reminds me of the exhaust tone coming from a tuned WRX, but more subtle than that.
Mercedes is clearly making classy muscle cars now…
Their cars punch you in the wallet at time of purchase, then in the gut at time of acceleration. I imagine this machine, from a clearly more interesting period in time, was their inspiration: