New Mercedes E-Class Has Industry’s Lowest Coefficient of Drag

by Benjamin Jones on February 23, 2009

Mercedes E-Class Coupe

You may have been impressed back in 1999 by the Honda Insight’s low .25 CD. You may again have been impressed by the new Toyota Prius’s matching CD when the new model came out this year. If that’s the case, you should be even more impressed that Mercedes managed to pull off a .24 CD for its E-Class coupe.

Granted, the total drag of a vehicles is the coefficient of drag multiplied by the frontal area, so it’s likely that both vehicles have higher overall drag than the Honda Insight, but this efficient design from a vehicle marked by its attention to power and not efficiency represents what I think is a crucial shift in vehicle design.

The car is part of Mercedes’ new BlueEFFICIENCY line, which over the last few years has consistently brought smaller engines, better aerodynamics, and thriftier design without comprising what Mercedes considers the be the essence of its luxury brand, so I look forward to seeing even more improvement from the company.

Source: EM Forum

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1 Mobileblog August 5, 2009 at 3:11 am

Mercedes E-Class is great car. Large, luxury and offering everything, which you may want from one car

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