A National Treasure - 2007 Mercedes-Benz C300 Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C300: A National Treasure

January 10, 2008

National Treasure Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz may be a national treasure of Germany, but that didn't stop them from dropping a few models into the 100-percent American National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Specifically, a Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport driven by Nicholas Cage's Benjamin Franklin Gates on a chaotic car chase through the meandering streets of Central London. Pursued by Ed Harris in a Range Rover (along with henchmen in a London cab and a beer-keg-hauling lorry), the whiteish C-Class performs rather well. About a quarter of the chase is done with Gates driving backwards, with (thankfully) no Rockford attempted at any time by the novice driver.

Despite the name difference, the United Kingdom's C280 features the same engine as our C300, so basically, our car is a movie star.

My guess as to the name difference is that in the U.K, there are 3.0-liter gasoline (C280) and diesel (C320 CDI) engines available. Diane Kruger's Abigail Chase also drives what looks to be a GL550.

If you're wondering, the movie is OK. It's more of a stretch than the original film (that's saying something), but if you liked National Treasure, there's a good chance you'll at least be entertained by Book of Secrets. Just don't use it for historical purposes -- there's not really a lake behind Mt. Rushmore, I checked Google Maps.

James Riswick, Associate Editor

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