Sunday, February 6, 2011

Down On The Street - Swoopy Super Sedans of San Diego

Something old, something new. In the old camp is this fine 1960 Jaguar Mark 2, taking a Sunday trip to Vista's Home Depot.
Grace, pace, space, as powered by a 3.8 liter, 220 HP six. And drop-dead sexy sixties styling.
nice rump on this original California car
love the "Disc Brakes" emblem on the bumper; advanced tech for 1960
and what's a Jag without a Leaper?

Fast-forward fifty one years for a modern, German interpretation.
Spotted in San Diego a couple of weeks back is a new Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG. Mercedes must have been having a press launch as this car will not be on sale in the US until May.
Or maybe it escaped from the Mercedes' Carlsbad Pacifica design studio. Either way, it has manufacturer plates...
...and cross-drilled carbon ceramic brakes the size of pizza pans.
real carbon fiber mirrors with integrated signals
And even though Mercedes calls the CLS series a "four-door coupe", it doesn't make it right. Coupe = two doors, sedan = four doors. Last I checked, the CLS had four. But I'd still enjoy burning up der Autobahn in this Stuttgart speedster (speedster = two-seat convertible w/chopped-down windshield).