EXPECTATION and reality are often vastly different. And if youíre expecting the E400 to be a performance-based four-seat, two-door coupe, then youíll be disappointed. Yet, thatís not the whole story, and as far as a design statement is concerned, itís striking. Smooth lines, frameless doors, and B-pillarless profile results in a cohesive silhouette Ė not to mention the jewellery contained in the front grille and rear taillights.
The cabin commands its own identity over the sedan via turbinestyle air vents, while the twin 12.3-inch screens complete the thoroughly modern and tech-savvy interior. Itís a sumptuous place to be, one that isolates you from the outside world in a way a $145,611 GT car should.
Under the bonnet is a refined 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6. Its 245kW/480Nm figures might be down on the E43 Sedan, but itís still enough for purposeful, albeit muted, acceleration. Especially when matched to 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and the seamless nine-speed auto. The air suspension affords a true wafting Benz nature (even in Sport+ mode) and with loads of grip you can really hustle along with the heavy kerb weight aiding a sure-footed nature. It also defies its size and heft on direction changes, given itís no longer based on smaller C-Class underpinnings.
But the air suspension doesnít quite control vertical movements as well as it could and sharp potholes can send a crash through the cabin Ė largely down to the sizeable 20-inch wheels running 30-profile rubber. Ultimately, if you expect elegance, luxury, comfort and a hint of performance, then the E400 Coupe will more than fulfil your reality.