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2011 Mercedes E550 Cabriolet

Automotive — Sidiov @ June 29, 2010

The CLK cabriolet is heading out into the sunset following its coupe sibling to be replaced by the new E-class cabriolet. This new Mercedes-Benz convertible still feels like a CLK, which is to say a cross between a C-class and E-class sedan. Heavy, rakishly styled, with mediocre power and gas mileage.

The car is decent looking with the new angular styling, though we might remember cars with such pronounced and jaunty flares and edges tend to slip out of style rather quickly, a la the Delorean DMC-12.  What sort of consumer purchased CLK-class cabriolets anyway?  Research points at mid-30s to early 40’s professional women with 0 to 1 children.  That market is still there and untended to, apart from the Volvo C70, but lets face it this has the nameplate.

The E550 comes with a 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 which is decent, but certainly no monster due to the cars 4,048 pounds of curb weight, and with the top down and Aircap wind deflector up increasing drag coefficient to 0.38 (Dodge Durango territory) incidentally rocket fuel consumption up as well.  US customers can also choose a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 in the E350, and European consumers get several diesels to choose from.  No word on an E63 cab yet, but we can be sure one will show up soon.

Nothing overly unique in the interior, standard M-B quality and controls on the layout.  A 7 speed automatic transmission is standard.  Room for the front passenger is very good, the rear passengers will have a bit less space with 30.1 inches of leg room, but with the top down they can easily sit up straight. Options include heated seats, rear side airbags, MBrace (M-B’s Version of On-Star), along with the typical appearance and electronic add-ons.

Expect to pay over $60k for a base model E550 cabriolet, as the coupe is coming off with a $55k price tag.  The E350 will likely come in around the mid-50k’s.

All in all it’s a decent rag-top if you don’t care about the comfort, ease of cleaning, and quiet of a hard top or need more space than a 2 seater, and if you dont care much about the power and drive-ability of a BMW 650i.

Age old extremism

Greatwizard News — Sidiov @ April 5, 2010

Most of us should remember, though many of us block completely from our minds, the overly angry, threatening, and violent anti-Bush protests that the 2000’s decade was dominated by.   Undoubtedly, you walked by signs and groups of people, even in a typically quiet neighborhood, that called him Hitler, Nazi, said he should be killed, aborted, etc…

Of course, though we all saw (or took part in) it in life, most of us will struggle to remember any media coverage of it.  Yet, now that a new regime is in power, the whole idea has changed.  The media loves to show rallies of “tea partiers” especially when there happens to be one guy with a pro-gun rights, or pro right to life sign being held up.  Government forbid we try to protect the lives of children, or protect our right to protect ourselves from said government.  Not to mention the media reviews themselves tend to use derogatory terms like “tea-bagger” when describing these fairly low-key gatherings.

Here is a good article that gives a run down of the bias between the change of party in the White House.

Nowhere to Run…

Greatwizard News — Sidiov @ December 22, 2009

Nationalism has led to hundreds of millions of deaths over the past century alone. However killing millions of people is now seen as a positive in light of so called global threats such as “climate change”, over-population, and conservatism. Due to this thought change, nationalism is increasing in popularity although with a globalist overtone.
This article in the Telegraph is an interesting bit of opinion for you ideologues.

In case you arent a Van Damme fan, yes, this movie is called Nowhere to Run

In case you aren't a Van Damme fan, yes, this movie is called "Nowhere to Run" (Picture links to IMDB)

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