2010 Mercedes Benz E350

A real two-door coupe can be a thing of breathtaking beauty as demonstrated by Mercedes-Benz's fresh latest 2+2 mid-size hardtop. Deleting the B-pillars and sweeping the roof gracefully yields the most attractive Mercedes I've seen in ages. But for $58,295, I expect more than a gorgeous body. To complement the beauty, I need truth in the form of an engine producing more than 300 hp, a transmission that holds gears to the redline in manual mode, and steering with actual road feel. None of the above is provided here. And, while the ride and handling are pleasant for tooling around, there's no spirit evident when the hammer's down and some twit in a BMW is gaining in the race to the horizon. Please don't mount all-season rubber on my eighteen-inch AMG wheels for what is billed as a sport suspension. Give me a serious exhaust note, add a larger tach and direct fuel injection. Wrap it up without topping $50k, and then you'll have a world beater.

Don Sherman, Technical Editor

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