Flips its Lid - 2007 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport Long-Term Road Test

2007 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Long-Term Road Test

2007 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport: Flips its Lid

January 23, 2008

First hood detent -- Photo by James Riswick

Most cars look like this when they open their hoods.

The C300 Sport can look like this...

Wide open hood -- Photo by James Riswick

The C300 has hood struts that allow you to open the hood up to a near-vertical placement, as well as a few areas in between. Doesn't it look like the hinges broke, and the hood has flown up like it did to David Spade's car in Tommy Boy?

I'm honestly not sure how many cars feature hoods like this, but it's certainly nifty and actually prevents injuries. Before I discovered this feature, one of our editors knocked his head against the rather sizeable latch at the base of the C300's hood when it was in the lowest, rather normal position. The wide-open setting could've prevented that head bonk and any related brain damage it may have incurred (he later began to speak in a cockney British accent and described the Rondo as "sexy"). Quite the useful innovation.

James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 4,781 miles

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