The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Coupe is, arguably, one of the most beautiful cars available in the market today. Naturally, it is also one of the most expensive as well — a 382-horsepower V-8-powered CL550 starts at just under $108,000; the full-zoot 604-bhp, AMG-built, twin-turbo V-12 CL65 we recently had the privilege to drive sports a $200,000- base price.
But with the launch of the all-new E-Class Coupe — debuting at the upcoming 2009 Geneva Motor Show — the German luxury manufacturer will be introducing a dash of CL-inspired aesthetics to a much larger consumer segment. And while the sleek styling pleases the eye, it also cheats the wind: The company says that this new two-door is "the world's most aerodynamically-efficient series production vehicle" with a drag coefficient of only 0.24.
Two models will be available in the U.S. market: A V-6-powered E350 that produces 268 bhp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, and the V-8-powered E550 with a more robust 382 horsepower and 391 lb.-ft. of torque on tap.
In addition to the CL coupe's handsome looks rubbing off on this newest model, many of the high-end technical features from the German manufacturer's flagship coupe have trickled down to the new E-Class Coupe: Available features include Agility Control suspension with adaptive shock absorbers, adaptive high-beam headlights and Mercedes' new Attention Assist drowsiness detection system. Leather interior, sports seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, 6-disc CD/DVD changer and panorama sunroof are all standard fare.
Pricing has yet to be released, but look for the 2010 E-Class Coupe in Mercedes-Benz dealerships this June.