Try using words like 'barking mad' or 'savage' or even 'intoxicating' for a standard Mercedes-Benz saloon and you will roll off your bed in fits of chuckles. Stories of sheer mind freezing power and tarmac scorching are better left for mad AMGs, right?
A sense of calm prevails every time I get into a Mercedes. I'm hardly overawed by their presence (Rohin has a big fetish for Beemers -- Ed), but the sheer snug, cosseting feeling that a Merc presents snatches me from reality.
Defying reality has also been the stock market, that has grown a couple of multiple times, numbers which my colleagues at the corporate section of our parent newspaper would be more than happy to dish out.
It has also created a new segment of millionaires who are jumping from their C-segment sedans to D-segment bliss before you can say 'bull run'. So imagine, you cracked it big at the stock market, your portfolio had a 200 per cent return in the last one year and you are in a position to upgrade from a sixth generation Honda Accord to an E-Class.
Making a statement is a priority rather than going for the 'best in segment'. The E200 K would slip into such a role just perfectly.
At Rs 44.30 lakh (Rs 4.43 million), on-road Mumbai, for the leather interiors and parktronic, it is a significant Rs 805,000 cheaper than the E280 petrol, with nearly all the features of its bigger sibling. Enough change to pick
up that mint W124 E220 as well.
The Kompressor is also some 50-odd horses down on power -- enough still to whip past 200 clicks, but at that speed you would probably be guzzling at a single digit kpl rate and would have a dry tank even before you complete the Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai loop. That though is pure academics, since high average speeds rather than top speeds are what really matter, something the E200 K can do with aplomb.
Unlike the E280, the E200 K makes use of a five-speed automatic gearbox and is better to flick through, unlike the E280 which moves two gears up every time you shift around the redline. Kickdowns though take a while for the electronic gadgetry to enforce. How about an Intel Pentium Dual Core to sort matters there, Mercedes?
For the enthusiast in you, numbers are what matter and numbers are what you will get.
Leave it in D, shift to sport mode and bury the accelerator till you reach the throttle switch. Keep it pressed and the 100 kph mark will be dispatched in a shade under 10 seconds.
Some 15-odd seconds later you will arrive at a figure that most international one day cricketers, in runs, are dying to knock on.
DaimlerChrysler likes us to believe that the E200 K will surpass even that and at 227 kph, the supercharger will exhaust its abilities to push any further through the air.
Considering Gottlieb Daimler did invent the 'blower', it should be enough to blow past many slow moving vehicles. Producing 184 horsepower at 5500 rpm, it is in the typical Mercedes vein, but it is still some 28 bhp over and above the 110 kg lighter C-Class.
Most importantly for the stock market players, it's 12.5