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E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet for connoisseurs and aficionados

PRETORIA, South Africa – Two special editions of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet are now available at premium prices in South Africa.

The Sport Edition has sporty details – inside and out while the V8 Edition comes with exclusive appointments to, Merc says, “arouse the desire of customers@.

Alongside the specials, Mercedes has upgraded all its E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet models – among the additions comprehensive smartphone integration.

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For the Sport Edition of the E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz is introducing a look that emphasises the dynamism of these two-door models. A sporty tone is set by a front apron with distinctive air inlets, a louvre in the radiator trim in high-gloss black with chromed inserts and “muscular” sills. There’s also a diffuser-look rear apron, an AMG spoiler lip in the vehicle colour and a two-pipe exhaust with trapezoidal tips.#

The ‘Agility Control’ sports suspension with sporty spring and shock-absorber tuning “guarantees enhanced driving dynamics” and is equipped with exclusive 18” AMG alloy rims, perforated front brake discs and brake callipers with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering.

The special models have “Sport Edition” badges on each front wing.

Front passenger get black-leather upholstered multicontour seats – with blue and grey top-stitching that also appears on the door centre panels, armrests and centre console. Black or beige nappa leather are options.

Additional visual highlights are set by cross-grain bright aluminium. To cater for more individualisation, the Sport Edition is optionally available with trim in high-gloss black ash, black piano lacquer or dark textured-grain aluminium.

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The sporty nature of these special-edition models is further underscored by a three-spoked multifunction sports steering-wheel covered in nappa leather, silver steering-wheel shift paddles and sports pedals in brushed stainless-steel with rubber studs. Customers choosing the high-gloss black ash trim have the option of combining this with a leather-covered multifunction sports steering wheel in black ash with black wood/leather shift paddles.

The black velour mats have a black edge and bear the lettering “Sport Edition”.

To underline the exclusiveness of the Sport Editions of the Coupé and Cabriolet, a special paint finish in brilliant blue metallic is available and is reserved exclusively for these models.

The Sport Edition can be ordered with any engine available for the E-Class Coupé and E-Class Cabriolet.

…AND THE V8

The 300kW V8 Edition is based on the E500 Coupé and E500. Mercedes says even the basic versions “are among the most exceptional vehicles on the road”. The automaker adds: “With the connoisseur in mind, the V8 Edition takes both the Coupé and the Cabriolet to a new level in terms of style and exquisite appointments.

“Aware of the tastes of the automotive aficionado, the design specialists at Mercedes-Benz have opted for a first-class equipment specification.”

The V8 Edition has a unique package of exclusive highlights. On the exterior, these include grey high-sheen 19” AMG multispoke allpy rims and “V8 Edition” wing badges. Special paint finishes in “selenite grey” metallic and “designo diamond white bright” emphasise the exclusive-sporty character of the V8 special models.

“Driving dynamics,” Mercedes claims, “are guaranteed by the Agility Control sports suspension with selectable mode for the adaptive damping system and specific tuning of the ‘Sport’” mode for the automatic transmission to deliver improved agility and ride comfort.

SUPER-LUXURY INSTRUMENTS

Comfort comes courtesy of multi-contour seats for driver and front passenger with four-way lumbar support and memory package. Mercedes adds: “A special look-and- feel is provided by exclusive nappa leather upholstery in the colours porcelain or classic red with black contrasting edging.

“The same applies to the multifunction sports steering-wheel with flattened base and contrasting top stitching in porcelain or classic red and perforated grip area (wood/leather version optional).”

The centre console and instrument panel are finished in black nappa leather with top stitching in porcelain or classic red; the door centre panels with armrest are in nappa leather in the appointments colour with tone-in-tone topstitching. “To create an harmonious overall look, the design specialists have added “V8 Edition” lettering in the appointments colour to the seat belts, the contrasting topstitching and the trim seam of the black-edged velour foot mats.”

The V8 Edition includes auto aircon with three zones with various levels of diffusion and temperature.

MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT – BRING YOUR iPHONE

With the launch of the two special editions, Mercedes is equipping all its E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet units with comprehensive smartphone integration for the infotainment systems Apple CarPlay® (for iPhones and MirrorLink. In the case of, for example Apple CarPlay, the system supports phone, satnav and music, receiving and sending SMSes and emails as well as Siri voice control.

The Sport Edition costs an extra R24 500 including VAT on top of the basic model and for the V8 Edition an extra R35 000. The LED Intelligent Light System costs an extra R23 000 for the E-Class E250 Coupé and Cabriolet and standard on the E400 and E500 Coupé and Cabriolet. This system provides the vehicle with LED technology for headlamps, direction indicators, daytime driving lights, position lights and cornering lights including variable beam pattern for country road and motorway, active curve illumination and enhanced fog light function.

As with all Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars, the E-Class Coupé and Cabriolet range comes standard with a six-year or 100 000 km maintenance plan.

For more details on Mercedes-Benz products in South Africa click here.

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