The new design, which in some cases is larger than the C-Class in every direction – it’s not for nothing that the CLE is the length of two arms, for example – together with the curved shape ensures more presence. As if Mercedes wanted to build a well-tuned Mustang, the CLE thus has the usual muscle car characteristics with wide hips, a shark nose and an infinitely long hood – including powerful domes.
And for more dynamics, Kühner & Co have positioned the CLE more aggressively than well-mannered limousines. “We have our rarest seats, three chassis, one with adjustable dampers, and with the new rear wheel steering we took the opportunity to translate the front steering properly to be shorter and make it more aggressive,” says the engineer and asks the first car in the passenger seat.
Through the doors with frameless windows, you slide into the comfortable armchair and feel closer to the road than in the C or E class. And looking in the rearview mirror, you feel even better. Because even if Kühner promises more head and shoulder room in the back and more headroom under the panoramic roof, the two-door sports car can’t be a comfortable four-seater. So it is better to sit in the first row.