The all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe hit showrooms earlier this month and before we even saw one on the road, the fine folks at Mercedes tossed us the keys to a C350 to check out as part of their C-Coupe Your Week campaign. This is a true two-door coupe, folks, and nothing like the C230 Sport Coupe of generations past. Not only does it take inspiration in the looks department from its older brethren, the C-Coupe also packs more power over its four-door siblings. The C350 Coupe features a new, direct-injected version of Mercedes’ 3.5-liter DOHC V6 and redlines at 6,750-rpm. The coupe packs 302 horses compared to 268 of the sedan and more torque as well. Normally you’d expect more power to equal less fuel efficiency but that is not the case here as C350 Coupe actually gets better highway mileage than the C-Class sedan.
The C-Coupe comes standard with a sport suspension, with the option of Benz’s Advanced Agility package, which features electronically controlled adaptive dampers. Oh, and pressing the Sport button actually does something. You’ll feel the steering become a bit more controlled and the suspension stiffen up, giving some much needed firmness at higher speeds. The coupe definitely looks the part with its sportier design that’s equal parts aggressive and luxurious. During the day, the daytime run lights give assistance to an already epic front-end design that takes inspiration from the new CLS. At night, the car looks just as beefy and will surely turn heads as we can most definitely vouch for that.
The interior is phenomenal in the C-Class Coupe as it features race-inspired sport seats with integrated headrests, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters and folding rear seats for added storage flexibility. The color display in the center of the speedometer give way to easily-accessible functions that relate to audio, navigation and vehicle settings. The center display gives access to a Bluetooth interface that allows for wireless audio streming and hands-free calling, USB-connected devices, AM/FM, Satellite and a few other media options to keep you feeling right at home.
The 2012 C-Class Coupe is the most intelligent entry-level luxury sports car on the market as it boasts a few key safety features that really set it apart from the rest of the pack. Mercedes has been perfecting these technologies for quite sometime and they’re now ready to please a younger demographic that’s as informed as it is opinionated and critical. ATTENTION ASSIST comes standard and alerts the driver to the first signs of drowsiness. A steering sensor is coupled to smart software that uses 70 parameters to establish a unique driver profile during the first 20 minutes of driving. Between 50 and 112 mph, the system has the ability to identify any erratic steering corrections that drivers tend to make as they begin to get drowsy. This triggers an audible warning and a “Time for a Rest?” message. Another safey feature that we liked was Lane Keeping Assist, which alerts the driver by vibration of the wheel when the car begins to go over lane markings. The Lane Tracking Package also features Blind Spot Assist, which monitors both blind spots behind and to the side of the vehicle.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe starts at $37,200 for the C250 and works its way up to roughly $61K for the AMG model. No matter which model you end up getting, good times are guaranteed to be had. Guaranteed.
In part two of our coverage of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Coupe, we’ll recap our trip to Woodbury Commons and show you some highlights from our trip.