..Straight away, it is clear the initial range-topper doesn’t lack for straight-line performance, nor mechanical refinement in the most soothing of its four driving modes. Mated to Mercedes’ smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission and with the optional 4Matic four-wheel drive system providing a nominal 55% of drive to the rear wheels, the 60deg unit propels the E400 Coupé along in a wonderfully effortless manner and is whisper-quiet at anything but manic revs...

...In a move he says has contributed to a heightening of its handling and provided the basis for increased comfort, the new model also receives a much stiffer body structure than its predecessor. No details are yet available, although the forthright test and development expert divulged that torsional rigidity, in particular, is better than that of the latest
E-Class saloon despite the decision to continue with the pillarless design that has become a signature element of the car over the years...

...Pushed along at speeds few potential customers are likely to ever experience, it corners with great enthusiasm and very little body roll. Fitted with 18in wheels shod with 245/45 Michelin Pilot Alpin tyres, it also delivers impressive grip and, in combination with four-wheel drive, terrific traction out of low-speed corners.

It is the quality of the ride that impresses the most, though. Despite sitting a nominal 15mm lower than the saloon, the coupé manages to soak up the worst of what the Austrian roads have to throw at it with great authority...

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#NAIAS: FIRST Impressions Of The All-New Mercedes-Benz E-Class COUPE — Sounds Like Mercedes Is Bringing MORE Fire!

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