2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Who Needs B Pillars?
June 23, 2014
I'm not really a convertible person, primarily because I don't like the sun unrelentingly blaring down on me. It's the same reason I dislike sunbathing or day baseball. Also, the state of Arizona.
Nevertheless, I own a convertible, purely for nostalgia purposes, and I was driving it this weekend. I enjoyed the wind and the sounds, but that damn sun got old. I then swapped into our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG and enjoyed the glory that is a B-pillarless, "hardtop" coupe. I haven't driven the CL since the "winter," so this was my first full experience driving with all four windows down. It was marvelous: the wind, the sounds and protection from the sun. The key, however, is the lack of buffeting you'd experience in a sedan or regular coupe with a B pillar.
Just another reason I adore the CL65.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor