driving - part 2
dates : 20th June 2004
24th June 2004
Last week Clint took us through
the amazing technological advances in the past few years that
have made modern cars so much safer. This week he takes the
20-year-old Mercedes-Benz 200 and its modern-day counterpart,
the E200, onto the race track.
New Mercedes-Benz E 200
The world's most luxurious car, the new E-Class was
successfully introduced to the South African market in June of
2002. The model range is now being extended with a newly
developed supercharged engine. The arrival of this innovative
Mercedes-Benz E200 KOMPRESSOR means that the E-Class is now
available with six state-of-the-art engines with outputs
ranging from 120 kW to 350 kW.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class redefined standards when it was
premiered back in 1995 with its drag coefficient (Cd figure)
of just 0.27, which at the time made it the most aerodynamic
series-production saloon in the world. With the new model,
Mercedes engineers have succeeded in undercutting that best
mark by some 3.7 percent, to achieve a new record drag factor
for this category of a mere Cd = 0.26.
Over the past few decades, Mercedes engineers have continually
improved the E-Class, using innovative solutions to keep
up-to-date with the latest developments in accident research.
Crumple zones and ABS, airbags and ESP®, full side curtain
windowbags and Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC™), belt
tensioners and Brake Assist; are all examples of
ground-breaking inventions from Mercedes stemming from over 60
years of committed development work in the field of vehicle
safety. These features are provided as standard safety
equipment in the new E200 Kompressor. These innovations help
to prevent accidents and form the basis for the exemplary
safety standards set by cars bearing the three-pointed star.
A host of standard comfort features include parameter
steering, leather steering wheel and shift lever, 5-speed auto
with touchshift, speedtronic and cruise control, 4-Zone
climate control with sun sensor, 6 disc CD-changer fitted in
the front console and a 80 litre fuel tank.
In the ELEGANCE line the E-Class presents itself with all the
typical Mercedes quality characteristics. Fully equipped, with
Sensotronic Brake Control, front and rear sidebags and
windowbags (total of 8 bags effectively 10), 4-zone climate
control with sun sensor, an Audio 20 radio with cassette
drive, telephone keypad, 10 speakers and integral radio aerial
in the rear window. 6-CD changer fitted in the centre console
and light-alloy wheels are some of the standard equipment in
the ELEGANCE line.
Information courtesy www.mercedes-benz.co.za
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