DaimlerChrysler Malaysia has launched the latest in it’s C-class line-up yesterday morning, the locally assembled Mercedes Benz C230 Avantgarde. Not to be confused with the C230K which runs a 1.8 litre supercharged engine, the C230 is powered by a 2.5 litre 24 valve V6 engine, making 204hp at 6,100rpm and features an amazingly flat torque curve for an normally aspirated engine – 245Nm of torque between 2,900rpm to 5,500rpm. In comparison, the C230K’s 1.8 litre inline-4 Kompressor makes 192hp at 5,800rpm, and 260Nm of torque between 3,500rpm to 4,000rpm.

This very nice torque curve is likely thanks to the engine’s infinitely variable adjustment of both intake and exhaust camshafts, this ensures optimum valve timing for all 24 valves at all times! The engine’s high power output of 204hp is thanks to the high compression ratio of 11.2:1. Other enhancements to extract more power at the mid revs include intake ducts equipped with tumble flaps – these help regulate gas flow. Under partial load, the mechanism swivels out, creating turbulence, resulting in a better air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber. At high revs, the flaps sit fully recessed to ensure optimum gas flow. The engine is also equipped with a two-stage variable length intake manifold. Despite it’s high output, the engine has a combined cycle rated mileage of 9.3 to 9.6 litres per 100km.

The 0-100km/h sprint takes 8.9 seconds, and the car pushes on to a maximum speed of 238km/h. Emissions are well below Eu4 limits, thanks to two catalytic converters close to the engine, and other features such as internal exhaust gas recirculation.

The 7G-TRONIC transmission also makes it’s debut in this C-class, being available only on more high end Mercedes Benz models before this. It features 7 speeds spaced out optimumly for the engine’s torque curve. There are three shift pattern modes – S for a sporty shift pattern, C for comfortable cruising and M for manual mode.

The Avantgarde trim levels means you get options like THERMATIC climate control, windowbags, anti-theft alarm, interior motion sensor, PARKTRONIC system, multi-function steering wheel with gearshift buttons, and bi-xenon headlights. The standard C230 features 16 inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, but a sports package which costs RM20,000 offers bigger wheels at 17 inches among other extra sporty trims.

The locally assembled Mercedes Benz C230 Avantgarde will cost you RM268,888, while the version with the sports package will cost you another 20K at RM288,888. As a comparison, the force inducted C230K, also locally assembled, goes for RM279,888.

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