2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class Performance

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Performance
New for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class is a return to the C250 moniker, and with it, a turbo-charged, direct-injected 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Rated at 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque, this new engine is both efficient and fun. Despite its less-than-impressive power figure, it's capable of scooting the C250 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds in both sedan and coupe forms, the same time as the V-6-powered C300. The C250 is available only in rear-wheel drive, with a seven-speed automatic transmission changing gears.

The C300 gets its motivation from a 3.0-liter V-6, and is available only as a sedan in 4MATIC all-wheel drive, again with a seven-speed automatic. At 228 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, it's also sporty enough, though those after more potent acceleration will want to opt for the C350 or C63 AMG Coupe.

The C350 gets its go from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. At 5.9-seconds to 60 mph, it's quick, but not shockingly so. Like its stablemates, the rear-drive C350 is available only with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class range offers several degrees of sportiness, with the C63 AMG reaching truly track-worthy heights.

Stepping up to the AMG sub-brand, the C63 Coupe gets to 60 mph in a very brisk 4.4 seconds thanks to a 451-horsepowe, 443-pound-foot 6.2-liter V-8 engine. It's not all about straight-line performance, however, with a highly tuned suspension that raises the C63's performance to something on par with the class benchmark, the BMW M3.

That's not to say the standard C Class coupes and sedans aren't fun-to-drive, too. The C250, in particular, punches above its weight in this regard thanks to a lighter, more nimble feeling. The C350 is better regarded as a quick touring sedan, or grand tourer in Coupe form.

Despite their performance, only the C63 AMG gives up comfort in its quest to tame the twistier bits of tarmac.

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