Saturday, August 18, 2007
Mercedes C Drive
I just came back from the Mercedes C Drive Event this morning. This year Mercedes is introducing the new 2008 C Class. I drove the C350, with a 3.5 liter V6, 7 speed automatic, 268 hp, 248 lbs/ft torque, 0-60 in 6.1 seconds time, and a semi-automatic shifter.
They only had pastries and not real breakfast food to pass out. I was hungry so I ate about 5 of those.
I got there at about 7:15 a.m. They had to shuttle us there only a block away, because of the security gate. They started the C class presentation at about 8:30. I only got to drive the car for about 15 minutes. We drove for about 10 minutes around the neighborhood surrounding the Santa Monica Airport. Then we went on a very short track that lasted less than 30 seconds.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with the new 2008 C class. It handled and performed pretty well. I drove the Sport version and the growl from the engine was really nice. Almost like a Ferrari...almost. It handled much better than I thought it would. It felt very agile; almost handles like the BMW 3 series, which is the best handling sedan. And since it was a Benz, the interior felt very posh. The trickle down effect from the higher classed models made its way down to the C class.
I also got a bunch of free samples from their goody bag after I filled out a brief survey.
I wanted to drive again, but the line was way too long by the time I drove back to the parking lot before 8:50 a.m. It's a good thing I got there early. It looked like the other people had to wait 30 minutes to an hour to drive. I was the first one to drive. I always arrive early to places. I've had perfect attendance in school for many years. I would have been able to be in the car longer, if I was about 15th or 20th in line just because those drivers had to wait in line around their short test track. I didn't have enough time to play with all the gadgets inside.
I love cars and going to test drive events is a fun way to drive cars without the sales pressure. Plus, I get to drive dozens of cars without having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars. Too bad Mercedes didn't have any of their other line of cars there. The other manufacturers usually have their full line of cars. But, it seems like each manufacturer is cutting back on these shows, because of the increasing popularity and costs of running these events. I remember shows from a couple years ago being really big and having great food.