• Apr 3rd 2008 at 9:58AM
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When the C-Class predecessor launched, it was known as the 190 and carried a four-cylinder powerplant underhood. Mercedes is now considering a return to four-pots in the U.S. market as the price of fuel continues to soar. MBZ is reportedly already testing a 1.4-liter carrying a supercharger, which is strange when you consider there's already a 1.8-liter blown four-cylinder on sale in Europe. The C180 Kompressor seems like it'd be the easy way to get fours back into the U.S. lineup, but Mercedes must have some other ideas driving the decision to develop the smaller 1.4.

Even stranger, while the talk is all about forced induction, the end result will supposedly be underwhelming in the power department, so Mercedes is planning on ramping up the glitter without delivering the gold. Perceived performance is the euphemism for a car that comes with a loud exhaust and twitchy throttle, and that's what Mercedes engineers think it will take to make the car palatable to U.S. buyers. Gee, leave the sound insulation out so that 25 mph feels like 100 and we're sold! Seriously, is this a late April Fool's joke? "Perceived performance?" A car that's not in denial about being thrifty might be more successful than a poseur.

[Source: Inside Line]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Stupid Germans!

      Mercedes finally rids itself of 4 cylinders, the '06 C250 (I wont dignify their asinine C230 nomenclature) with a 2.5 liter V6 [and 3 & 3.5 versions C300 (aka C280) & C350]

      and instead of keeping the 2.5 around for the new C-class, they just drop it and make the 3.0 V6 the new bottom.

      What MB should have done is change the axle ratio from 3.27 to 3.46, to account for the extra bulk/heft.

      MB's oversquare 2.5 V6 already outperforms Toyota's 4gr-fse, especially with the 7g-tronic.
      MB 201hp@6200, 181ft-lbs 2700-5000 (88mm bore, 11.2:1 compression)
      Toyota 204hp@6400, 185ft-lbs@4800 (83mm bore, with a 12:1 compression ratio and direct injection)

      Bring back the V6.
      There are two evolutionary paths to choose from: add direct injection- like certain 3.5 V6s have that, or drop the dual length intake manifold for a 2.5 HO (like the 3.5HO in the SL & SLK)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, to be charitable, "perceived performance" is pseudo-hightened ad-speak for "seat-of-the-pants."

      Since I personally don't require too much hustle, so I'll take a C180 Kompressor in dark gray, thank you. At least it might be a little closer to my price range.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Every car should have a 4cyl option.
        • 7 Years Ago
        'Every car should have a 4cyl option' Why?

        and has Ford installed the 6 speed automatic yet? or 8 speed automatic.

        I will take my engines from base 3 design.
        I3, I6, V6, Boxing6, Broad arrow 9-three banks of 3 (just kidding), V12
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why not do a direct injected turbo 1.4? They should be able to pull at least 170hp form that engine. Coupled to their 7speed auto, it should have decent performance. I am surprised BMW is not offering their (peugeot) 1.6turbo in the 1 series. Performance is more than just straight line speed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this is more non-news. Wake me up when they (or BMW) decide to sell 4cyl diesels here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd be all over a blown 4 banger in the C-Class. I had an 05 C230 that regularly saw over 30mpg.

      I only got rid of it because it was too small.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There's something I love about the look of the new C Class... mmm :P
      • 7 Years Ago
      I find the comment about "how can it be slow with a blower" to be jarring. It's like gas wasn't $4 or something.

      You can talk about tricks like turbos or superchargers all you want. But in order to reduce oil consumption (make CAFE), cars are just flat out going to have to become less powerful. Not trickier, less powerful. When the entry level for HP went from 100HP to 180HP and fast went from 0-60 in 7.5 seconds to 0-60 in 5.5 seconds, we ran into a serious problem with fuel consumption. And that's before you point out about other countries like India and China starting to use a lot more oil.

      Cars may not get slower, if they can get lighter or more efficient, but they will have to use less fuel, which means produce less power.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Perceived performance has been huge in the US for years! Just ask any ricer