The new, ie redesigned, Mercedes-Benz E-Class in sedan and station wagon versions is coming to the showrooms this summer. Now the announced new convertible and coupé variants are eagerly awaited and should be available next year. Here is an opportunity to review the history of these models, i.e. the predecessor of the E-Class with two doors, which may not always have had the same name, but were part of the extended family of the Bestseller series (class). in the history of the legendary brand.
1960s and dash 8 – W114
According to the German manufacturer, this story begins in 1968 when the “Stroke 8” coupé was launched in Stuttgart, which is basically a version of the W114 with two doors. The main difference between the W114 and the W115, the popular “minikis”, is that the former had six cylinders and the latter had four cylinders. The model, which was offered exclusively with six-cylinder engines, was very attractive, large and luxurious. It was also technologically advanced, as the most powerful 250 CE model was equipped with an M 114 engine that had Bosch D-Jetronic electronic fuel injection.
While the 150 horsepower output isn’t all that impressive by today’s standards, Mercedes claimed the car could develop a speed of 200 km / h, which was remarkable for passenger cars at the time.
Of course, the Stroke 8 has adopted what defines a premium midsize coupe – an elegant sporty style with a luxurious interior. In this respect, the model had a sloping and widened windshield and a lower roof compared to the sedan. The design with wooden upholstery and upholstery as well as the lack of B-pillars and lines with an emphasis on sporty elegance become a must for all later luxury coupes.
’70 and W123
Almost a decade later, the coupe version of the W123 debuted at the 1977 Geneva Motor Show. The extended range of engines ran at 230 ° C, with a four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 109 hp.
The 300 CD Diesel joined a line that was manufactured exclusively for North America. It had a five-cylinder engine that made only 80 hp and was eventually replaced by a 125 hp turbo-diesel unit. In addition to a more diverse range of engines, the W123 Coupé was a sportier model than its predecessor. In terms of size, the model was 85mm shorter and 40mm lower than the sedan version.
1980s – W124
The W124 convertible arrived in 1987 and literally refreshed the entire Mercedes range as it was the first Mercedes-Benz E-class to be offered as a convertible too. The “roof removal” took place a few years after the purchase of the variant and the convertible model had a 43 kg convertible top cover with 27 joints and 34 joints.
Like the W123 before it, the W124 was 8.5 inches shorter than its sedan counterpart. This time, however, the side edges, the roof and the rear were also significantly modified, with only the front remaining largely unchanged compared to the sedan. The facelift was carried out in 1993 when the first AMG versions of this model hit the market. The models known as the E 36 AMG had a 3.6-liter six-cylinder with 272 hp.
1990s – new CLK (W208)
Four years later, Mercedes withdrew from the E-Class coupe and convertible accessories and instead used the CLK designation for the W208 model. This isn’t the only change as the German company recognizes that the two-door model is based on the existing C-Class, but as a fully developed new four-seater coupe that continues the traditional approach of the E-Class coupe.
The engine range has also been expanded again, including the entry-level 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 136 hp. The front runner was of course the CLK 55 AMG, in which Mercedes packed a 5.4-liter V8 with 347 hp.
New century – new challenges
The second generation of the CLK model came in 2002 and adopted a more modern sport style than its somewhat “cube-shaped” predecessor. The model was also larger than before, which resulted in a more comfortable interior. Seven different engines were offered with the coupe while five were found in the convertible. Both variants had power units from 163 to 367 hp.
An important limitation for this generation – the Limited Edition CLK DTM AMG. This model was introduced in 2004 with a 5.5 liter V8 engine that delivers 582 horsepower!
Of course, the CLK DTM AMG had much more than a powerful unit, as it also had a unique interior that was inspired by the DTM company responsible for racing cars. The racing-based design of the CLK cabin included lightweight sports seats, carbon fiber materials and a steering wheel padded with specially soft leather.
The second-generation CLK facelift will be launched in 2005 and includes the 481 hp CLK 63 AMG, which appeared in 2006. The Stuttgart company also presented a special variant of the “Black Series” within this line with over 500 horses and was only available as a coupé.
The new E-Class with two doors is back (C207 / A207)
The two-door coupe with the designation E-Class returns to the big door at the Geneva Motor Show 2009. The convertible came a year later and had the optional revolutionary Airscarf heating system. Despite the perhaps somewhat clumsy design, the model was very popular, so that Mercedes sold 221,556 coupes and 140,925 convertibles of this generation.
Mercedes E Class 2017 – models C238 / A238
Practically the second generation since the return of the two-door E-Class, which was presented at the 2017 Los Angeles International Motor Show.
It will soon be replaced by a facelift version that will accompany the new features of the completely revised sedan and station wagon version of the E-Class.
Until then, enjoy the development of coupé and convertible versions of what is perhaps the most legendary series in the history of the automotive industry.
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