Auto Review: 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 is a classic cabriolet, a vehicle with street cred , comfort, and style. This car is a sporty two-door rear wheel drive, front engine convertible made for four passengers.

The engine is a 24-valve V6 DOHC aluminum block. Alternatively, you can opt to upgrade to a V8 with 32 valves. The smaller engine puts out 268 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 2,400 rpm. The V8 kicks out 382 hp at 6,000 rpm and 291 pound-feet of torque at 2,800 rpm.

The transmission is a 7-speed automatic with manumatic shifting.

For fuel economy, the stats are impressive given the sporty nature of the E-Class. She runs 15-17 mpg in the city and 22-25 mpg on the highway.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 features a retractable spoiler on top of the windsheild the company calls Aircap. Its purpose is to divert airflow over the passenger compartment, which makes for a smoother ride and less wind whip.

For safety, Mercedes-Benz has installed an airbag system that is unheard of for a cabriolet. You get 7 airbags total as a standard and two rear sides as an option. Additionally, there are two tubular roll bars located under the rear headrests that pop up in the event of a rollover.

The top is a soft top fold down that also provides plenty of trunk space. This is a classy ride and owners of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E550 are sure to be a proud bunch.