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Tuesday
Oct272015

Ron vs Walter

Owning Walter for 8 years, having an innate understanding of what Walter could do, comparing Ron to Walter or vice versa is a given.

Ron is appreciably cooler than Walter, and resonates at a higher level.

Walter was a classic older school sedan with the stump puller 3 valve V8, and 5 speed automatic. It would pull quite strong in 5th on the highway.

Ron has a bigger engine by half a liter and 80 HP, and a 7 speed automatic. It pulls very strong once it downshifts a gear on the highway. Accompanied by a 500 RPM difference (lower) to cruise at the same speed.

Ron's idle is a little rougher than Walter, the 5.5 L has an inherently rougher, noisier idle compared to the 5.0 L in Walter.

Walter felt lighter and nimbler, dealing with on/off ramps. Ron feels heavier, not as agile, but very precise. After all those years it was second nature to negotiate on/off ramps with Walter.

Walter with SBC had ferocious brakes, Ron has no SBC and softer brakes, you have to stand on the pedal harder with Ron.

Ron's performance envelope is higher than Walter...let's leave it at that.

Ron has 255 front and 285 rear, Walter had 255 all around both on 18 inch wheels for summer tires.

Ron has a dramatically nicer interior, we have a thing for well styled interiors. Walter had a classic Benz interior which was nice but not as cool. Although Walter had a folding rear seat back which was very useful.

Sound systems, the Bose in Walter, the Harman Kardon in Ron both great sound systems. 

Center of dash, Ron has an appreciable edge with older school navigation, satellite, 6 disc CD changer, older school Bluetooth. Walter had a CD player. Here is the thing, The Colonel needs to know where he is going and does not rely on a navigation system, and is not a proponent of using a phone while driving. Perhaps The Colonel is a little old school in his own way.

Dimensions, Ron is almost 5 cm wider and 9 cm lower than Walter, which immediately explains the cool look compared to a sedan, and by how much the top is chopped.

Keyless Go, simple you do not use the key with Ron, to open or lock the doors, and trunk, start or stop. Walter required the key.

Fuel Economy is about the same less than 10 L per 100 kms on the highway.

Outside Visibility, better with Walter, but you quickly get used to a chopped top.

Parktronic, is required with Ron, Walter did not have or need parktronic.

With 4 adults Ron and Walter never lose their composure, the beauty of an air suspension.

In some ways its the same car, but not really the case, different cars, different personalities, different execution. Walter was a mid size sedan with a V8, Ron is a sophisticated mid size 4 door coupe with a higher performance envelope.

 

 

Tuesday
Oct202015

Meet Ron the CLS

How did The Colonel arrive at a 2008 CLS?

544 Carneol Red with 204 Cashmere Beige Leather  H05 Laurel Wood

5.5 L V8 382 HP with 7 Speed Automatic Transmission

AMG Sport and Premium Packages

1- In 2005 when the CLS was launched the styling captured The Colonel's imagination. Yes...it was 10 years ago. There was a timeless / enduring cool factor about the styling.

2- Think of a 1949 Mercury coupe with a chopped top, the CLS has the look of a Benz with a chopped top. Agreed...there are positives and negatives, linger on the positives, and the cool factor.

4- Think of a "shoebox Chevy" ideally a 55-56 coupe, with a strong small block.

5- Think of a 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne coupe The Colonel's first car.

6- Complemented by an utter dislike of black interiors especially in a coupe with a chopped top.

Connecting several seemingly disconnected dots, the "metal" of a CLS resonates. At this juncture in time the metal MUST resonate.

Its a coupe, a 4 door, a chopped top, a fastback, V8, rear wheel drive, a serious cool factor, with a touch of sophisticated hot rod.

This version has the "lead sled" look compared to the newer model with the indented crease on the side, and the funny looking grille.

Yes...the Strada Crew is in agreement that the metal of this CLS resonates.

The rear seat...is good for about 60 minutes for adults...its a coupe with doors to access the rear seat.

The chopped top...you bend your head a bit more getting in the front seat.

Is it the ideal family car...not really.

Is it a totally cool Benz with a V8 and rear wheel drive...ABSOLUTELY.

Cars that resonate have to sit just right, this CLS has the "stance" augmented by staggered wheels and tires.

Yes...we name cars this one is RON.

How did The Colonel find Ron? A bit of serendipity aided by a methodical search.

The age old question "Why go out and get a 7 year old car?" Its a Benz, it RESONATES, has the correct options and kilometers (61,952), superior waftability, age and model year are sort of irrelevant.