Like other "L" models, there is no hood ornament. Of course if you must
have one, it's a simple addition, but it looks silly with a star on the
grill and the hood, so it would be recommended to replace the grill, too.
In general, all 'sporty' models now come without the upright star. My W208
CLK Cab is the last of the standing-star breed, for example.
As there are a variety of reasons why people may not wish to have the
upright star (incl theft) I feel it would be a nice thing if Merc could
design its bonnets such that that the upright star could be offered as an
option, at least for some models. This includes optional removal from
'regular' saloons, of course.
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"Rodney T. Grill" < email@example.com> wrote in message
Basically, all the "L" models (L="Leicht" = light = sporty), which
currently include the SL, SLK, CL, CLK, and ML, lack the hood-mounted star.
There are, of course some exceptions. The G does not have a hood-mounted
star, but that would likely be because it could be damaged while driving
off-road. The C-Class coupe also does not have a hood-mounted star, but
then again, none of the coupes do. The new R-Class will likely not have a
hood-mounted star, but then again, its original concept was as a Gran
*Sport* Tourer. The same will hold for the B-Class (Compact *Sport*
Tourer). Basically, the only vehicles that now have hood-mounted stars are
the four-door sedans; everything else is consider a sporty model and the
hood-mounted star would not fit in its design.
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