The new C-Class Coupé is a great looking machine and it needs to be to go up against beauties like the 4 Series and aging A5. The four-seater is very well proportioned and looks fresh. If you select the AMG styling option you get a two-door car with an edgier look. The rear is most surprising as it is quite un-Mercedes like… but it still works.
Mercs ‘one piece’ styling turns heads – that’s for sure. The last C-Class Coupé was a tiny seller but a lovely looking machine. As with the latest styling trend from Stuttgart the Coupé’s designers binned their rulers in favour of a more curvy rounded-off design style. Next to the saloon the Coupé is longer by 95mm, 40mm wider and the ride height has been lowered by 15mm. 17 inch alloys are standard but as with all coupes if you can afford to go bigger it will always look better.
Mercedes-Benz has become obsessed with reducing drag and the new Coupé features a drag cd of just 0.26. Coupé drivers generally don’t expect their cars to be economical but it helps when a car is frugal. The Coupé’s fuel consumption has reduced across the range by up to 20%. Built on the W205 C-Class, the Coupé will account for just a small percentage of sales but its road presence will get even more attention for the German premium car maker, who has set a target of overhauling BMW and Audi in the premium sector globally by 2020.
Inside, the four-seat Coupé has lots of space up front thanks to a longer wheelbase (+80mm). The dash is well put together and it feels like a special place to be. In the back passenger headroom is pretty poor – especially if you’re average height or taller. The long coupé doors mean the seat belts are a bit of a reach rearward too. The new integral sports seats look great and are supportive. An optional head up display is one to seriously consider also.
Our Irish AMG spec car looked the part despite being powered by the 220 diesel. The tax band A3 170hp/400nm 9G-Tronic auto C220d Coupé starts from €51,755. Add a few toys like Artico upholstered dashboard (to match the seating), Parking Pack, PRE-SAFE system, Speed Sensitive Steering and Tinted class brought the asking price up €54,770… which still isn’t bad in something that can deliver 4.1l/100km (68.8mpg).
C-Class Coupé features all the driver aids that you can get in the C-Class saloon and estate, a lot are standard with the rest optional. The standard fit ‘Dynamic Select’ features self-explanatory Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual driving modes. C-Class Coupé at the moment is rear-wheel drive but all-wheel drive ‘4Matic’ Coupés are due later in 2016. These will feature the new 9G-Tronic auto gearbox as standard. This box is available from launch on certain higher specced Coupés and as is also on the options list. Paddle shifters add to the driving experience.
I’ve driven the range topping C63 AMG ‘S’ with its 510hp and 700nm of torque on the Ascari racetrack and it is a brilliant beast. Powered by a 4-litre biturbo V8 engined the car pulled like a train. Even with my modest talent I found it very easy to go really, really fast and more importantly I managed to stay on the track! The addition of an electronic limited slip differential on the rear axle, the longer wheelbase coupled with the AMG’s Coupé’s wider front and rear track makes the car that bit better handling. There are two C63 AMGs to choose from one with tonnes of power (476hp) and one with even more! In the ‘S’ 0-100 takes just 3.9 seconds. It is a given that the exhaust has active flaps to help you enjoy the meaty engine note – I just wish it was louder.
I’ve also driven the C250 cdi and C300 petrol. The 2-litre, four cylinder C300 is ideal for city use as its whisper quiet. It has 245hp and 370nm unlikely to shift in Ireland. The C250 diesel is great thanks to 204hp and 500nm of torque! CO2 is just 109g and a fuel consumption figure of 4.2l/100km is possible.
The C-Class Coupé petrol range includes the C180 (€44,550), C200 (45,860), C250 (50,265) and C300 (€54,080). Diesel fans can choose from the C220 (€45,900) and C250 (€51,470) from launch. Mercedes-Benz has added over €5K of additional equipment as standard in Ireland. The volume seller will be the C220 diesel.
The C-Class Coupé is a stunner.