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15 February 2011

New Mercedes C-Class Coupe revealed

The CLK returns! Merc’s small coupe finally unveiled as firm celebrates 125 years

Vijay Pattni
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Mercedes-Benz has lifted the lid on the new C-Class Coupe. Finally.

Two years after production of its swoopy BMW 3-Series competitor slinked off into the sunset, Merc has unveiled a new two-door coup' which will make its debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

Set to battle with the BMW 3-Series Coupe and Audi A5, the new Cee Coupe shares styling with its saloon sibling and gets four full seats, together with multi-link independent rear suspension, and three-link McPherson struts up front.

The C-Class Coupe also comes with ‘Agility Control' as standard; the dampers change depending on road conditions sent via impulses. Float along and the dampers soften up, but give it a dose of Stig - sending impulses through the shocks - and the dampers firm up.

We'll get the AMG sports pack as standard when the C Coupe drops in the UK in June, which includes sports suspension, speed-sensitive steering, AMG bodystyling and 18s.

Three petrol engines and two diesels will kickstart the range: a 2.2-litre diesel in 170 and 204bhp guise, a 1.8-litre petrol with 156 and 204bhp, and the range-topping 3.5-litre V6 with 306bhp and 272lb ft of torque, good for a 0-100kph time of six seconds while returning 17.65 kpl.

What do you think? Certainly wouldn't kick it out of bed, at any rate. And let's not forget: slightly flared arches, bonnet vents and (probably) a 5.5-litre turbo'd V8...roll on the AMG version.



Tags: mercedes benz, c class, geneva 2011



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