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Saturday, February 25, 2006 

The Sports Car Attitude of the Mercedes Benz C230

Author: Tom Bailey
Sports is all about playing the game wisely. It also means
knowing all the rules and preparing for anything or any
situation that could arise. Sports also means competition and
sportsmanship as well as fair conduct. In the sports sedan game
in the automobile world, the Mercedes Benz has joined the rest
of the manufacturers in adding another competitor. Under with
wagon is the Mercedes Benz C230.

So as to be able to compete with the rest of the veterans in
this field of sports sedans, the Mercedes Benz C230 has been
crafted and made available bearing a standard six speed manual
transmission system. Along with that is a 1.8 liter supercharged
engine, some 17 inch wheels, and a sport tuned suspension.
Another version of this sports can holds a 189 hp supercharged
four cylinder engine. As per the engine, it has a displacement
of 1,796 cc. The fuel economy achieved is around 21 to 23 mpg
for city driving and 31 to 32 mpg for highways. It can also
generate 189 hp at 5800 rpm, plus torque production is 192 pound
feet at 3500 rpm. The suspensions for the Mercedes Benz C230 are
the F Independent MacPherson strut and the R Independent five
link. As per its brakes, this sports car holds two types which
comprise of the F vented discs and the R solid discs. Also, this
vehicle has a manual transmission, a body cladding, plus an
aluminum interior trim. It has power, passion and style. And
that is in just one vehicle. This model comes available in two
trim levels which comprise of the sports coupe and the sports
sedan.

The electronically limited speed that the Mercedes Benz C230 has
is a top speed of 130 mph. It has an estimated curb weight of
3350 to 3400 pounds. It is stretched to a length of 178.3 inches
and is mounted on a wheelbase measuring some 106.9 inches. The
main competitions that this vehicle has in the sports car range
are the Acura TSX, the BMW 325i, and the Audi A4 3.0.

The Mercedes Benz C230 performs well on sharp corners. It is
much more sportier than it actually looks. Despite a hairpin
alacrity, high speed bends, and body rolls, the sports car still
provides the driver a stable and poised handling and making the
car itself playful and very responsive. All these are due to its
engine components plus a tight rack and pinion steering unit.

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About the author:
Tom Bailey is a consultant for one of the country's leading auto
parts stores. He is also an editor of a reputable publishing
company in his area. He is currently based in Atlantic City, New
Jersey with his wife and 3 children.