Yes, I did leave all the badges on, so it still looks completely normal except that the front of the car sits a couple inches higher than it should due to the lesser weight. I'm sorry, I'm not up on all my M-B nomenclature, so I was using "TD" to refer to "turbodiesel"... I suppose it should be "300D"? I think it does surprise people, because they seem to start to pass the car, then drop by the wayside at freeway on ramps, etc. Lots of fun to drive!