The extra displacement comes from an increase in bore and stroke, and new pistons contribute to a bump in the compression ratio from 10. Interior Two occupants get leather bucket seats. We just thought you'd want to know. The redesigned interior merges a few metallic bits with high-quality leather and plastic. The entirely redesigned second generation will surely revive the excitement, not because of its price, but because it is now a driver's car. Push a button and the articulating metal roof rises or retracts automatically in about 25 seconds.
Attached to the stiff structure are a strut front suspension and a multilink rear suspension. Press the trip odometer reset button three times rapidly before it goes off. Restoring the top is just as easy: Press the lock button twice and hold it down the third time. Mercedes has finally purged itself of the numb recirculating-ball steering that was too fast off-center and incommunicado after that. We were convinced it simply could not be shut off.
Shift as fast as you like, because the gearbox synchros feel unbeatable. A BabySmart child seat-recognition system prevents the front-passenger airbag from deploying when a known child-safety seat is installed. Mercedes promised the world a new sports car in 1997. Push a single button, and the metal top goes through 22 seconds of yoga-like contortion to fold into the trunk. Opt for the Premium package, and you'll get the ability to raise and lower the hardtop via the key fob.
Upright and uptight Mercedes-Benz swung low in 1997 with a midget sports roadster priced to sell. Both engines can team with a six-speed-manual gearbox or an optional five-speed automatic that incorporates TouchShift manual gear selection. Pedal placement is good, although the smaller-shoed will wish the brake pedal were just a bit closer to the accelerator to facilitate heel-and-toe downshifts. But the automotive world has moved on, too, and for about the same money, my eyes have wandered over to Chevy's 400-hp Corvette. Why our tester ran to 161 instead of a governed 155 is a mystery. The door mirrors feature integrated turn-signal flashers.
Interior Two occupants get leather bucket seats. ÃÂ Inside, the interior is biased toward comfort. Grip is plentiful at 0. Standard equipment includes dual-zone air conditioning, an interior air filter, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a Bose cassette stereo. Interior Two occupants get leather bucket seats.
The compression ratio also rises, from 10. Corner crushers such as the and mopped the switchbacks with the little Benz. Although the firm, supportive leather seats are adjustable for height, the seating position is quite low. The revised mill is rotary-smooth and blessed with a constant stream of 258 pound-feet of torque from 2400 to 5000 rpm that provides excellent 30-to-50- and 50-to-70-mph top-gear passing times. Dash and doorsills are at nearly shoulder level, and the top of the windshield looms like the bill of a baseball cap--it's like being in a bunker. Standard equipment includes dual-zone air conditioning, an interior air filter, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a Bose cassette stereo.
Shutting off all the electronic aids isn't easy, and that should tell you something. Unlike Jerry's guests, though, the wheel speaks clearly, predictably, and without anger. Controls are straightforward, and the overall design is original and satisfying. To start, turn the ignition key to the first accessory position, making sure the dash display shows the odometer. Please take into account that the Mercedes-Benz 0 to 60 times and Quarter mile data listed on this car performance page is gathered from numerous credible sources.
Space is quite plentiful for two people. They securely held two large fountain drinks under moderate acceleration and cornering and didn't spill a drop. The six-speed manual transmission--once an embarrassment of rubbery feel--rows cleanly through its gates. The engine responsible for this dulcet opus is a 268-hp, 3. The 258 pound-feet pull from 2400 rpm through to 5000 rpm. Interior Two occupants get leather bucket seats.