'02 Mercedes-Benz C32
Driver: Gary Karamikian
Torque: 411.71 lb-ft
Quarter-Mile: 12.568sec @ 111.63mph
Contact Info: Evosport, 714/901-3100,
Engine: 3.2-liter supercharged V6, Evosport
Evolution IV+ boost kit, intake, catalytic converter, intercooler and spark plug wires, Supersprint header and exhaust, Power Chip ECU upgrade
Driveline: five-speed automatic with AMG SpeedShift
This year, the crew at Evosport did some-thing a little different. They were going to bring out an E46 M3 with their new supercharger kit, but time constraints meant they had to leave it at home. Instead, they brought their Mercedes C32. The car was rather tame from the outside and even had TV monitors in the headrest. In fact, it had an automatic transmission as well.
The car was, however, tucking some pretty wide meat in the rear and had a very aggressive stance. It was painted silver, and a quick glance inside screamed pimp ride all over. But that wasn't what the motor and suspension said, so we were slightly confused until the computer spewed out the power figures from its dyno runs.
The car started up and rolled right onto the dyno with a quiet purr from the motor. Once the car was strapped in place, the room cleared and the car began spinning the rollers. It was an interesting sight to watch because of the slush box. Each shift went smoothly and the car quietly slipped into its next gear - and then came fourth. The trick with an auto trans is to get it to accelerate quickly without downshifting into its half-gear mode. It's a tricky task, to say the least.
The Mercedes slowly rolled onto the throttle and proceeded to ramp up faster and faster until it hit redline. The car wasn't particularly loud, nor did it look like it had accomplished any high horsepower numbers. And yet, as the roller slowed to a stop the horsepower figures began to circulate among the group of tuners standing nearby. Amazingly, it had laid down a whopping 410.53hp. That was an impressive number and was large enough that the Evosport C32 claimed the dyno-day victory, with no more than a whisper. That's what happens when you underestimate a Mercedes. Point taken, and it won't happen again.
Sadly, when we changed the rules in the morning to make all the runs count instead of just the runs after lunch, somebody forgot to tell Evosport. It was our fault, and we apologize profusely for it. On the bright side, Evosport blasted out a significant 12.568sec pass early in the day, which was good enough for a third place finish in the quarter-mile. Since Evosport would've had to knock a lofty 0.249sec off its time to compete for second place, the crew wasn't too upset by the miscommunication. While Gary Karamikian was at the wheel of the C32, he had some fun in the burnout box, turning a tire warm-up into a 100mph smoke show. We even heard a rumor that the a/c was on when he did it. It kinda makes you want to buy a Merc, doesn't it?