Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor Makes Detroit-Area Debut
3 November 1998Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor Makes Detroit-Area Debut
NOVI, Mich., Nov. 3 -- Over 50 Detroit-area automotive journalists and industry analysts will drive the newest offering from Mercedes-Benz, the C230 equipped with the powerful Kompressor (supercharged) engine which comes from its award-winning brother the SLK roadster. The road test begins at Manor Motorcar Company, a new Mercedes-Benz dealership in Novi, Mich. and will follow scenic roads northwest to Owosso, which is located just west of Flint. The four-hour test drive gives journalists an opportunity to experience the car firsthand after hearing an insider's product briefing from Mercedes head of C-Class product management, Karen Makris. Mercedes-Benz continues to boost the performance and value of its award-winning C-Class sport sedan, having just revamped the line from grill to taillights in 1998. For 1999 Mercedes has revved up its C230 entry model by installing the supercharged engine making it the only supercharged model in its segment. With 37 more horsepower (185 vs. 148) and 38 more lbs. of torque (200 vs. 162) than its predecessor, the C230 Kompressor can accelerate from 0-60 in just 8.1 seconds -- a full two seconds quicker than the normally aspirated 1998 C230! Because Mercedes-Benz always balances performance with safety, the new C230 Kompressor features full-range ASR traction control as standard equipment. Formally a $990 option, ASR aids driving on slippery road surfaces by limiting wheel spin electronically with both the rear brakes and throttle control. The C230 Kompressor joins the V-6 powered C290 and the limited-production, ultra-performance V-8-powered C43 models in Mercedes-Benz dealerships. All 1999 C-Class models receive enhancements that further increase value for the customer. Leather seating inserts are now standard on the C230 Kompressor and C280. Full leather, which covers the seats entirely and is used on the door panels, is an option (standard for C43). A new generation radio unit features fiber-optic technology and integrates controls for the sound system and optional CD changer and cellular telephone in a single unit. These substantial performance and safety and luxury enhancements to the entry-level Mercedes-Benz sport sedan come with a minimal change in price: the 1999 C230 Kompressor has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $31,200. A special optional Sport Package is available for $890.