At last week’s launch of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia enlisted the help of former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard to set a time on the newly resurfaced Sepang International Circuit with the C 300. DC’s 2:55:07 served as the benchmark for the journos who attended the launch, and three of them appear in the video above.

They timed our media colleagues, and Anthony Lim (I wasn’t there) said that the two Malaysians were just shades off DC’s time. Our friend Yap Kam Foo from the Chinese edition of Top Gear Malaysia was the best non-pro, coming in at just a second off DC’s time, but the ex-McLaren and Red Bull driver probably wasn’t driving as if a championship was at stake.

Of the three C205 variants that were launched, it’s the C 300 seen here that’s best on track. The range-topper is also powered by the same M 274 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder engine as the C 200 and C 250, but it gets the most power (245 PS) and torque (370 Nm from 1,300 to 4,000 rpm), and is the fastest from 0-100 km/h – 6.0 seconds flat, although that’s actually a tenth slower than the C 300 sedan.

The C-Class Coupe has 15 mm lower ride height than the sedan and C 250/C 300 variants are equipped with sports suspension in Malaysia. Lovely multi-spoke 19-inch rims are fitted on the two higher variants, too, while the C 200 gets star-spoke 18-inch items that don’t look undersized or basic by any means. AMG Line is standard across the board.

Check out our launch report and review of the C 300 Coupe to find out more about this two-door take on the W205 C-Class. How do they shape up side-by-side? C300 Coupe vs sedan gallery here.

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