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2001-2007 Mercedes Benz C230 Sportcoupe: Sending Mixed Messages?

2002 Mercedes Benz C230 Sportcoupe

2002 Mercedes Benz C230 Sportcoupe

Mercedes developed a two door hatchback coupe called the Sportcoupe from its popular C  Class cars. The Sportcoupe was intended to compete with BMW’s 3 Series based Compact and to some extent Volkswagen’s Golf Gti.

Its 2.3L/190-hp 200 lb-ft supercharged I-4 provided sprightly performance. Mercedes conserv- atively estimated 0-60 mph in 7.5 sec. The four works best with the six-speed manual gearbox, because the optional five-speed automatic highlighted the supercharged engines lag. The manual shifter was said to have a similar feel to the sportier SLK. Steering was like the C-Class sedan’s- quick and crisp. The rear-drive Sport Coupe’s suspension, identical to the C-sedan’s optional Sport setup, is compliant yet has good cornering grip and no excess body roll. The automotive press often noted that the car felt lighter than its 3300-lb (European-spec) curb weight would suggest. At 171.1 in. in overall length, the Sport Coupe is about 7 in. shorter than a C240 sedan, but just 60 lb lighter than the U.S.-spec C240 V-6. In an effort to move the car even further upmarket, AMG versions with 6 cylinder power were offered for a limited time. Although rare, they offered a glimse to the full potential of the Sportcoupe while highlighting a few of the limitations of the hatchback bodystyle.

2 comments on “2001-2007 Mercedes Benz C230 Sportcoupe: Sending Mixed Messages?

  1. listas barcelona
    November 19, 2012

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    • autopolis
      November 20, 2012

      Thanks for the kind words. Its easier to write about cars vs. collectable dolls because I like them.

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This entry was posted on March 11, 2010 by in 00's, Mercedes Benz.
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