Greg Kable
1 November 2012

What is it?

Audi has its popular S models, BMW its more recently established M-Performance line-up. Now Mercedes-Benz is getting in on the action with a limited range of overtly sporting models marketed under the 'Engineered by AMG' banner, including the car driven here, the C250 Coupé Sport.

As the name suggests, the new C250 Coupé Sport – Engineered by AMG has been tweaked by Mercedes' own in-house performance off-shoot in an effort to imbue it with a more distinctly sporting character than its standard sibling.

It is not a full-blown AMG model in the mould of the C63 Coupé AMG, but is a less hard-hitting offering that, for the time being at least, can be had with either the 201bhp turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine on test here or a 201bhp 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel unit – both of which go unchanged mechanically.

What is it like?

Among the chassis modifications AMG has brought to the standard C250 coupé is specific suspension tuning with firmer springs and dampers as well as unique camber settings and altered bearings to provide a wider front track, larger brakes and more direct steering. These are combined with a remapped throttle setting and changes to the software for the standard seven-speed automatic gearbox for more rapid shifts and a downshift function during braking.  

On top of this are various exterior and interior styling changes which can be ordered on other Mercedes-Benz models as part of a new Sport Plus package.

With a 0-62mph time of 7.2sec and a top speed of 149mph it is no rocket ship; the £29,065 BMW 328i SE, which runs a 242bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, boasts claims of 5.9sec and 155mph respectively.

But the C250 Coupé Sport – Engineered by AMG offers a clearly sharper driving experience than the standard C250 Coupé Sport. 

The software changes result in slightly more urgent throttle response and smoother shift quality, while the various chassis modifications instill it with greater steering response and improved body control without any obvious deterioration in ride comfort.

Should I buy one?

For all of these changes, it is just a pity that the added agility isn’t backed up by increased performance.

As it stands this is a superbly sorted and generally fun-to-drive car screaming out for a better and altogether more powerful engine. 

Mercedes-Benz C250 BlueEfficiency Coupe Sport – engineered by AMG

Price £31,925; 0-62mph 7.2sec; Top speed 149mph; Economy 40.4mpg; CO2 163g/km; Kerb weight 1475kg; Engine 4 cyls, 1796cc, turbocharged petrol; Power 201bhp at 5500rpm; Torque 229lb ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox 7-spd automatic

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Engineered by AMG

1 year 51 weeks ago

Engineered by AMG? Hmm, sounds like AMG is becoming no more than the Vanden Plas of the Mercedes Benz empire. Still, we have 520 diesel  M-Sports now, so why not? I look forward to buying a genuine Saville row 'tailored' suit at Asda any day soon.

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Eh ? AMG has recently

1 year 51 weeks ago

Eh ? AMG has recently anounced a remap of this engine, so why use it in standard tune for a supposedly sporting model ?

R32

Privacy Glass for what?

1 year 50 weeks ago

I think this is a really handsome looking coupe but what's with the privacy glass?  I do wish manufacturers would stop fitting blacked-out glass aft of the b-pillar, it completely spoils the lines of any car for me.  It's worse on the models that has it as standard and you can't not have it.  Eurgh.

typos1 wrote: Eh ? AMG has

1 year 50 weeks ago

typos1 wrote:

Eh ? AMG has recently anounced a remap of this engine, so why use it in standard tune for a supposedly sporting model ?

So they can extract more money from the customer when they are specing up!

I am impressed that AMG haven't completely sold out with this "trim level", there has at least been some real engineering put in to the chassis, rather than it being a "stiffen the springs and stick a badge on it's boot" job.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

More power;?

1 year 50 weeks ago

This is the dilema. If you add more power, you add more cost and you do not get the gain in market share. The trick is to spread the benefits of a well tuned chassis across the price range .... thus a relatively underpowered sporting chassis. But this begs the question How much power do you really need.... especially if 99% of the time you are doing the "commute", ie parked on the motorway. It is a riot seening mega horsepower machines stuck in traffic or doing 60 KPH. I think this AMG product is a good solution... you can kick the crap out of it without being on first name basis with the constabulary

GeToD

More power;?

1 year 50 weeks ago

PS to my earlier comment: Greg, read your review of the GT86 in the BBDC

GeToD

Great Car..

1 year 50 weeks ago

Dire/gutless engine. AMG product aside, Mercedes (and i'm a pro-Merc Fan) could learn alot from BMW, not just on the performance of their engines, the emissions too. The games moved on, and whilst the coupe looks stunning, it woefully let down by poorly matched engines, probably because Merc ally them to autoboxes, largely from historical DNA. The new A Class will fast turn into another example, yes, i know they've taken the most orders for a launch car in the companies history and yes, the likelyhood of having a product range with excellent engines throughout is not necessarily common place. However, if your going to put your name (or that of the AMG marque, even if only by styling) the engines must at least compare to the of the nearest substitute marque, ie, BMW, this is something that Mercedes need to appreciate. The BMW 1 series maybe pig-ugly, but the driving dynamics, and engines too, are superb, and complement the driving environment. 

C 250 Coupe engneered by AMG

1 year 50 weeks ago

Looks great but that is where it ends.

Had 3 Mercs and was considering a 4th until the indifference of staff at Greenoaks in Slough put me right off, and why can't the CLC have the current C class engine line-up?

Bought a BMW which was replaced by another BMW and have not looked back since.

Current 1 series diesel may have M Sport suspension but at least it also has 200 bhp!

Will probably only consider another Benz (almost always auto) when I need to use a zimmer frame, but at that point may prefer an auto only Jag!

delusions.

1 year 50 weeks ago

Its one thing I detest about cashing in on brand as I have heard from two people who have a merc SLK 200 AMG sport are under the pretence it is actually an SLK 55 AMG.  Quoting that there 1.8 litre engine is capable of a sub 5 second 0-60.  Still it gives these people something to talk about and usually wrangle a round out of while they drivel on.

New Car

1 year 37 weeks ago

Amazing car..The all new Mercedes C250 is the perfect choice for any person. It has got all the new features that a car should have. It is the AMG model C63 which has got 0.62 mph within the time of 0.62 second, and has got a top speed of 149mph.  This car will definitely come on the expectation of people. This above information is extremely helpful to the new users.

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