The updated Mercedes-Benz E-class comes in two styles, sedan and coupe. Where the sedan is a stately midsized car, the coupe is a gentleman's sports car, offering good handling and a fair amount of luxury.
Mercedes-Benz updated its E-class for the 2010 model year, making it available as the E550 Coupe or Sedan, or the E350 Coupe or Sedan. This model is the E550 Coupe. It uses the latest Mercedes-Benz cabin tech and some innovative driver aid features.
The model shown here is the E550 Sedan, a very different-looking car from the Coupe. Where the Coupe is sleek, the Sedan is more traditionally stately. However, both have the same cabin tech and power-train options.
The 5.5-liter V-8 powering the E550 Coupe and Sedan is the same engine that Mercedes-Benz launched with the S550 in 2005. In this application, it makes 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, adequate to push the Coupe to 60 mph in 5 seconds.
The E550 Coupe has a particularly sleek roofline, with a graceful curve enhanced by the lack of B-pillars. Access to the rear seats is enhanced by seats that automatically power forward and long side doors.
The analog clock is an odd addition to the instrument cluster, and almost seems placed just to balance out the tachometer. The display in the speedometer offers useful information about fuel economy, range, navigation, and even the current music selection.