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Mercs I Would The W202 C36 AMG

February 11, 2012 by

Any casual Spannerhead reader I’m a dedicated BMW and Audi fan. I may concerns over those two (particular BMW’s) directions of but given the choice of an offering of one of the “Big Three,” I’ll always opt for a BMW or Audi over the equivalent.

There are a number of for this: BMWs, for their are generally more enthusiast-oriented and universally available with transmission, whereas Mercedes’ typically aim more for the comfort of the high-end German executive car Also, the slushbox is practically an for M-B; range-topping sports GTs as the SLR McLaren or SLS AMG that would be fitted with a manuals automatics in conformity with the orthodoxy.

As far as Audi is concerned, they design cred in spades; rivals from Stuttgart to err on the conservative, stodgy side drawing up their cars’ And Audi has always appealed BMW and Merc as the underdog, the outsider, the automaker with the market on uniqueness, if nothing else. non-conformist cachet is something I dig.

So, Mercs are conventional, frumpy, cushy and always equipped an autotragic when it really Are any really worthy of enthusiast In a word, yes.

Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG W202

Take the car in this post: The ’95-’97 (internal model code) C36 Hard on the heels of the legendary in response to the Bavarian salvo was the E36 M3. Mercedes took their sedan, the C-Class, and turned it to in-house performance division The stock M104 DOHC, inline 6 was bored out from 2.8 to 3.6 and blessed with number of and internal fortifications that output to a healthy 276 hp in Euro (268 here until AMG lowered the car, uprated the and brakes and fitted an appropriately and functional body kit paired gorgeous 17″ Monoblock wheels.

The resulting performance—0-60 in 6.4 seconds and an top speed of 155 mph—only tell of the story. Again, much its older brother the 500E, the of the C36 is a bit out of step with the typical craving for a light and nimble carver. Instead of a direct rebuttal of the E36 M3, Mercedes offered a of performance in keeping with ethos: A iron fist in a velvet glove, an executive of the highest order. It is an Autobahn a CEO cruise missile, but in a slightly slightly less exclusive than the pricey, Porsche-developed As mentioned, it was never built to an autocross course, but the commendably low

of 3400 lbs certainly helps and to me, gives the C36 a more well-rounded than the larger, E-Class-derived weapon.

Motor Trend understood Mercedes was coming from in the C36, and awarded it first in a four-way comparo against very worthy European of the day. They wrote, the money, the C36 is the best performance in America.” Accolades don’t get higher than that, and I don’t know if I’d go that As a Mercedes, though, it’s one of a few I’d give thought to owning.

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series Mercedes models worthy of consideration. Read the other here:

Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG W202
Mercedes-Benz C 36 AMG W202

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