Two for the Road is a hangout for mystery writers Tammy Kaehler and Simon Wood to chat, reminisce, gossip, speculate and argue about all things motorsport.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Turn Off Factor

By Simon

Mercedes are turning me off of their cars. I’m sure Mercedes don’t much care, but I kind of think of it as a shame. I always viewed Mercedes as a classy car company. They were the German Rolls Royce, but over the last twenty years or so, I think they’ve tarnished this image with a quest to develop muscle cars. Case in point is the car pictured below—a Mercedes CLK GTR. This car made the news last week because it was expected to rake in a million pounds at auction.

A million quid for this train wreck? You’ve got to be joking. Yes, only a handful were made. Yes, it has jaw-dropping power. But come on, it looks like Mercedes raided a tacky after market body-kit outfit when it came to the styling. And this is my problem with Mercedes of late is with its vulgar display of design and power output. Whereas Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Jaguar, etc., have turned out some elegant looking supercars that operate as good as they look, Mercedes keep putting out cars that look like house bricks on wheels then compound the problem by shoving way too much power through the wheels. They’ve turned out a number of cars that can’t handle the monstrous power they develop.

Mercedes has a fabulous research and development programs, so it baffles me why they keep turning out these cars. For all their ability, it’s about time we saw some true Mercedes class.

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