Mercedes Benz replaced the outgoing W202-based C-Class with an all-new model based on their W203 chassis for the 2001 model year. Previous iterations, as well as then current models of the C-Class, had been offered in sedan and wagon body style, but for the 2002 model year, a new body style emerged for the C-Class in the United States -- the C-Class coupe was introduced and sold through the 2005 model year.
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2002 Model Year Engine
The first year of the C230 Coupe's production was also the only year it was powered by a supercharged 2.3 L inline four-cylinder motor. This 16-valve DOHC engine has a 3.58-inch bore, 3.48-inch stroke and a compression ratio of 9 to 1. This supercharged 2.3 L engine produces 192hp at 5,500rpm and 200 foot-pounds of torque at 2,500rpm.
2003 to 2005 Model Year Engine
The C230 Coupe received a new power plant for the 2003 model year -- a power plant that would power this vehicle through its production run, which ended in 2005. This supercharged 1.8 L inline four-cylinder engine has a 16-valve DOHC configuration with a 3.23-inch bore, 3.35-inch stroke and a compression ratio of 8.7 to 1. This motor produces 189hp at 5,800rpm and 192 foot-pounds of torque at 3,500rpm.
The C230 Coupe sits on a 106.9-inch wheelbase with an overall body length of 171 inches. Mercedes' two-door C-Class has a width of 68 inches with a height of 54.3 inches and an undercarriage that provides 5.8 inches of ground clearance. The C-Class coupe's cabin offers 84.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. The 2002 model year C230 Coupe's boot provides 10.2 cubic feet of cargo space, while the 2003 to 2005 model years saw boot space shrink slightly to 9.9 cubic feet.
The supercharged 2.3 L model from the 2002 model year yields 21-mpg city and 28-mpg highway when equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission, while the six-speed manual model of the same year is rated at 19-mpg city and 29-mpg highway. The later C230 Coupe, powered by the supercharged 1.8 L motor, is rated at 23-mpg city and 32mpg highway when equipped with the automatic gearbox, while the manual transmission version yields 21-mpg city and 31-mpg highway.
Crash Test Data
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's frontal impact crash test earned the C230 Coupe a four-star rating for driver and passenger protection, while the vehicle earned a five-star rating in the NHTSA's rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal offset crash test resulted in a "Good" rating, which is the IIHS's highest rating.
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