Black, Sport Package ($3,000 -- includes AMG body styling, sport suspension, 18-inch AMG wheels with high-performance tires, Open Pore Black Ash trim, black headliner, sport seats, flat-bottom sport steering wheel, front perforated disc brakes, aluminum pedals with rubber studs, AMG floor mats, MB-Tex top-stitching and dash; Premium Package ($2,700 -- includes heated front seats, Sirius/XM satellite radio, Burmester premium sound system, LED headlamps, Keyless Go); Interior Package ($2,300 -- includes leather upholstery, ventilated seats, ambient lighting, passenger seat with memory, illuminated door sills); Garmin Map Pilot Navigation System ($600); Blind Spot Assist ($550); Rearview Camera ($460)
Turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto stop-start
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
241 @ 5,550
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
273 @ 1,300
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Pedal overlap helps acceleration considerably. The C300 reponds well to power braking up to about 2,700 rpm. 0-60 time drops almost a full second from a standard pedal-swap launch. No wheelspin. Best run using auto shifting. Rev-matched downshifts, but won't hold gears at redline -- even in Sport+
Very solid, confident pedal. The C300's brake pedal is responsive, solid and consistent -- as good as it should be in this class.
Slalom: Even in Comfort mode the C300 is grippy and responsive. Step it up to Sport+, however, and response to inputs is genuinely surprising. It's easy to drive through the slalom, with predictable direction changes. ESC is reasonable in its intervention and manages to make small trims when its limits are overrun. Skid pad: Though the C300 won't rotate off the throttle (even with ESC disabled), it's easy to predict its limits and drive right to them. Grip is reasonably high and I could use more lateral support in the seat. Despite its relatively aggressive bolsters, the C300's seats don't hold me in place.