6 Exciting Facts about the Mercedes Benz 300E
- The Mercedes Benz 300E is considered by car reviewers and critics as one of the great postwar sedans, and possibly the best luxury sedan of all time. This is because of its bank-vault build quality and the superb ride and handling that make it stand out among its contemporaries. The sedan is also regarded as a good second-hand car even if it is already 12 years of age due to its timeless beauty and functionality.
- In 1990, the 300E model is part of the Mercedes Benz W124 mid-sized vehicle lineup, which is equipped with a 2.6 liter 160-hp potent engine that could last at least 300,000 to 500,000 km in ordinary use. It was one of the most popular cars in history as it sold more than 100,000 units during its time.
- The 300E is one of the pioneer models of the Mercedes Benz E class line. E, which stands for "Einspritzung," meaning fuel injection in German. It refers to the powerful W124 chassis that this particular model is equipped with.
- With 300E's curb weight of 3195 lbs., it was considered to be one of the lightest luxury vehicles ever made, as it is also easy to handle and fun to drive. It boasts of its ability to reach 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds, one of the fastest accelerations during its time. In addition, drivers even describe their 300E experience as resembling a "4-door go-kart" ambiance.
- A "sportline" option for the W124 chassis cars, including the 1992-93 Mercedes Benz 300E coupe models, was made available in North America. This package included 7" wider wheels, lower profile tires, quick ratio steering, and a smaller steering wheel. Aside from its lowered ride height, it also sported a "Sportline" badge on the front wing moldings and gear knob.
- The first Mercedes Benz 300E cars were available in either 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. It is one of the few cars from its make that has ever been sold in the United States that offered a manual option. However, the production of manual and several automatic transmission 300E vehicles was short-lived.