You can not go without a taste of its endless nightlife in Tenerife, so surprised that we hardly an exaggeration that a colleague at the local Mistela in the backseat of our 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport Sedan passed.
It is undesirable ballast and he showed up just as we are on the Carretera del Bailadero be taken. This small mountain road winds through the northern tip of the largest of the Canary Islands. The green scenery is unreal, but you have no business here if you are liable for losing your lunch.
A big reason why we never seriously a position in the current generation of the Mercedes C350 sport to be taken as a sport sedan for its lack of power. With only 268 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque, the previous generation C350 was significantly slower than the BMW 335i, Infiniti G37 and Lexus IS 350, all 300-horsepower six-cylinder engines.
For 2012, the C350 is finally coming to the 300-Horse Club. Mercedes has added direct injection, 3.5-liter V6, and this allowed the engineers to increase compression from 10.7:1 to 12:2. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 is at least 302 hp at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 r / min.
Floor the accelerator on the highway of Tenerife is a vitality in the middle range, that is not here, along with a sweet soundtrack. Mercedes is the prediction of 5.9 seconds from 0 to 60 mph time, but our 2012 C350 Sport feels a few tenths of a second faster than that.
Ratios have not changed in the seven-speed automatic transmission, but engineers have a number of improvements slip torque converter and reduce friction losses. These updates will merge with the new engine in a slightly lower fuel consumption – Mercedes C350 estimates for 2012 are 21 mpg combined, compared with 20 for the 2011 model got together.
This is probably not the dramatic improvement over the Mercedes V6 with direct injection have been expected, and that is because the U.S. version gets no fuel saving measures on our Euro-spec C350 tester. The European market 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 uses shifts combustion in low load situations min to 3,800 rpm. This reduces fuel consumption by 10 percent. But the U.S. can not, because our higher-sulfur fuel would destroy the NOx catalyst.
We stick to our Euro-spec test car based than the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport, but that’s really the only way you can buy in the U.S. – with adaptive shock absorbers and sports suspension calibration. The bottom line models C250 and C300 4Matic in exclusive luxury models with an adjustment to the softer, but the adaptive dampers are standard across the board.
Each current-generation C-Class sedan we already had an excellent build quality and materials, but the hospital Vibe can drive a bit flimsy in construction, especially in our long-term level, Black 2008 C300 Sport cabin.
So Mercedes has cleared the site for 2012, adding more metal (sports models) and commitment (luxury model) and some new rims. With a nod to modern times, the automaker 7-inch screen built into the dashboard, instead of pop on command. Europeans can screen, surf the web and checking SMS text to move, and although we do not enjoy such diversions, the new 80GB hard drive-based navigation systems are 3-D maps.
By the end of the day, the deposit we rested and refreshed passenger in the hotel where he plays for another night. Although our 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport had a hand in his recovery, it would not be our first choice for a sports sedan under $ 50,000 when sales fall in August this year in the eye.
The new direct-injection V6 is the C350 back in the game, but the Benz still not as fast as the BMW 335i or Infiniti G37, and it is not balanced, with surprisingly low fuel consumption and handling. Again, the only well-executed C350 Sport luxury sedan, called “sport” made in their name.