2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK500 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 7A)
This is my 1st Mercedes. Have been looking for a new car for over a year. Looked at BMW 5 and 3 series and other performance rated cars and have found overall build quality and ammenities of the MB to be far superior to any of these cars. Also ride quality is much more comfortable. The new 7 speed transmission is tops. You literally don't feel this car shift. Car is also a great looker. Get lots of positive complements from many folks. Make sure to get the sun roof if you buy the coupe. For you performance freaks there are alot of aftermarket parts you can get for this car that will bring your performance to Ferrari levels for little additional cost.
Powerful V8, 7 speed transmission, steering wheel shifting. Pillarless windows give a great 50's - 60's styling look to the car.
Better placement of cupholder and a 2nd cupholder up front.