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It's always interesting to drive, back to back, two generations of the same car. Progress, or the lack thereof, is readily evident and is also a good indication of a car company's response to ever evolving customer demands and market conditions.
Tuesday morning, keys are tossed to me as I sit at my desk. Keys belonging to the Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor Sport sedan sitting in the company garage. I hadn't been behind the wheel of a Benz since my days as a garage monkey when I put myself through colle
I remember being surprised how much more fun a C240 six-speed was to drive than a C320 with its automatic. The shorter-stroke V6 revved smoothly and freely, and I simply spun it up high and shifted, wherever I went. I used a surprising amount of fuel, but I en
It must be tough for a car to wear the three-pointed star. It's like being Serena Williams, Barry Bonds or David Beckham. Perform in any way short of perfection, and all hell breaks loose. The barbs fly: You've lost it. You've allowed the complacency of succes
What's a C230 sedan doing with a 1.8-liter engine? We're about to find out. Despite its smaller capacity, the supercharged 1.8-liter four is just as powerful (okay, it makes 3 bhp less) than its 2.3-liter forbear, outputting 189 bhp and 200 lb-ft of torque. Wh