New E-class coupe will get Black Series treatment
13 November 2008

The next Mercedes Black Series project will be a heavily reworked, high performance version of this – the E-Class Coupé.

These latest spy shots reveal the standard Coupé with less cladding than we’ve seen before. The convertible model gets a folding hard top, but is still called a Coupé, and will replace the current CLK in Mercedes’ line-up.

Based on the next W212 E-Class platform, the Coupé will be around 10cm longer than the outgoing CLK and is likely to be heavier because of its metal-folding roof mechanism.

Sweeping lines should set the four-seat E-Class Coupé apart from the standard car. We’re also expecting a C-Class Sport style grille and sharp CLS-style rear light arrangements.

For the Black Series, however, the rear seats will be removed and a roll cage added with a fixed roof. The whole car will be lightened, lowered, stiffened and powered by AMG’s 6.2-litre V8.

The rest of the engines from the current E-Class range are likely to be shared with the Coupé, and a range-topping 500 version is likely as well.

Expect the E-Class Coupé to arrive in early 2010, a few months after the next generation W212 E-Class launches. We’re expecting the Black later the same year.

Join the debate

Comments
3

13 November 2008

I'm amazed that Mercedes can make a business case for the E-class saloon, estate (and now coupé), the CLS, and the CLK all occupying the same kind of price range. Yes, the cars share a platform but each has substantial developmental costs nonetheless, and they run the risk of internal competition and a confusing range.

ZM

13 November 2008

[quote Casanova]I'm amazed that Mercedes can make a business case for the E-class saloon, estate (and now coupé), the CLS, and the CLK all occupying the same kind of price range. Yes, the cars share a platform but each has substantial developmental costs nonetheless, and they run the risk of internal competition and a confusing range.[/quote]

This car will replace the CLK. I just hope that there will be a conventional fixed roof version to the steel folding hardtop as well though.

14 November 2008

Glad to see that Mercedes are taking on board the smaller, more efficient light weight vehicle concept. 10cm larger! They're going to be knocking on SL sizing soon if it carries on this way.

Surely a CLK being based on the C Class floor pan would be more appropiate. It's hardly as if there is an engineering issue with fitting a folding hard top to a shorter floor pan!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK
  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals