Well, this is refreshing, a Mercedes coupe that’s actually a coupe—with two doors. It’s one of four available E-class body styles, joining a traditional four-door sedan, a station wagon, and a convertible. It’s an extensive lineup with a number of engine options that brings the total available models to 14, including a thrifty 2.1-liter turbo-diesel and a big-output twin-turbo V-8 in the E63 AMG at the top of the range.
Propelled by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, the E400 ranks a couple of rungs from the summit in terms of zero-to-Omaha. The E63 AMG sedan and wagon, for example, churn up as much as 577 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque and can reach mile-a-minute velocity in less than 3.5 seconds. Sending every ounce of its 329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft to all four wheels, the E400 coupe’s V-6 is capable of cracking the five-second barrier in the benchmark sprint.
So if acceleration is your thing, the E400 may seem a little tame compared with its AMG cousins. But 4.9 seconds to 60 is pretty darn quick, and if that’s not quite good enough the E-class coupe also has the option of a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the rear-drive-only E550, adding 73 horsepower to the equation (as well as about six grand to the base price of a rear-drive E400). But in any case, the E400’s dynamic virtues lie elsewhere.
Despite the E in its badge, the bones of the E400 coupe are from the previous-generation C-class’s warehouse, and its dimensions are tidier than the E-class sedan’s. But at just over two tons with 4MATIC all-wheel drive it’s no wraith. This makes its responses and its surprisingly high cornering limits all the more gratifying. Body motions are subdued, with very little up and down movement or body roll, a pleasant surprise at the first set of abrupt corners, and made that much more impressive by the civilized ride quality. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by Michael Simari
This review is about twin turbo v.