Lexus SC430 vs. Mercedes-Benz CLK430 — Comparison Tests

4 Июн 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »


Lexus SC430 vs. Mercedes-Benz

Convertibles 4.3: Proving, again, that in any meeting of one is more so.

We’ve been to get these two squared off since the SC430 made its debut over a year ago, and a scan of the stats will you why: Rarely do we encounter two that seem so equally In price, in power-to-weight ratio, in performance.

But why, you may ask, are we ourselves to a mere pas de deux? there other sporty luxo-convertibles that would be on the same shopping list? The XK8, for example? Or the Porsche 911 The answer is yesand no. Yes, if not too concerned about money. No, if trying to keep the prices hailing distance of one another, is something we try to do in all our comparos. Pricing for the versions of the Jag and Porsche starts north of our two testers$76,024 for the former, for the latter. The as-tested price

for the SC430 was $61,661; the CLK430 $61,398. So the XK8 and the 911 sat on the sideline.

We had another problem. Although was finally able to produce a test carit turned out to be the CLK430 cabrio in its U.S. car was parked in Atlanta, rather in California, where we’d to have a livelier selection of And as we were making our plans, scheduling a suitable test Atlanta was being pelted sleet, snow, and other stuffnot the right sort of for testing or wind-in-the-hair motoring.

About the roads. Everyone Florida provides winter conducive to top-down cruising, but as a place to drive, the roads are as interesting as a first-hour introduction-to-statistics class. Sort of like across Kansas, but without the changes. As our man Bedard observes, an excellent place to check out steering feel. (To be fair, you get to check steering feel off-center, during lane and passing.)


To make it even like work, our trek place a few weeks ahead of the hormone festival known as Break, a Florida beach that would have much more entertaining to a convertible test. Skin. bodies. Etc.

We compensated for the shortage of entertaining by covering lots of miles1640 of from Atlanta to Panama in the Florida panhandle, then to Ft. a perennial Spring Break onward to Moroso Motorsports near West Palm to St. Augustine, the oldest European in the U.S.; then back to Essentially, it was One Lap of Floridaplus.

Moroso gave us a chance to see both cars would do at limits, and the rest of the schlepping us thoroughly familiar with cruising credentials. And even both cars were close in every measurable when we dropped them off at Hartsfield International Airport, we unanimous on the top choice. In almost any of equals, one will emerge as equal than the others, and so it here.

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