FUN TO DRIVE!!! ONLY 97,100 MILES!!! LOADED!!! LEATHER SEATS!!! BACK UP CAMERA!!! HARMAN/KARDON SOUNDS!!! ANALOG DISPLAY!!! AND MORE!!! PLEASE HURRY!!! WILL NOT LAST LONG!!! Driving Notes Unquestionably the star of the show, Mercedes' new 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 is a hoot. More than any other piece of this car, it feels like a true product of AMG. It revs fast and fierce to its 6,500-rpm redline, and sounds damn good along the way, thanks to the AMG performance exhaust. And with all 384 pound-feet of torque on offer between 2,000 and 4,200 rpm, it always feels like the punch you're asking for is readily available. Mercedes went far enough with the C450's engine, but it didn't with the transmission; the C450 uses Merc's long-serving 7G-Tronic automatic. It's fine if you leave it in full automatic and the drivetrain in Comfort. It's less fine if you switch to Sport or Sport+. And it's really not fine at all if you select the full manual mode. It's quick on wide-open-throttle upshifts and other aggressive situations, but it stumbles on downshifts. We found ourselves clicking the left paddle two or three times trying to force the seven-speed automatic to drop down. It was similarly fickle around town, where the gearbox just wasn't keen on shifting up.
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