Engine Change in C280.....Y?

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  1. denim

    denim New Member

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    ok here is the question................


    up through 1997 the Mercedes C-280, it was running a 2.8 liter inline 6, but in 1998+ they changed to a V6 of the same displacement and same horsepower and torque.....


    now the question is why did they do that and was there any major marketedly different improvements on the new V6 compared to the inline 6?

    I am haveing problems finding performance figures for the 1997 in comparsion to the 1998 to see if the "V" configuration helped in anyway,

    I wonder this because Mercedes, by nature are pretty torquey, and especially with an inline 6, so if you guys could help me find some more info on why the engine switch and would it be a better decision to go with the newer vehicle with the V6 or stick with the inline - 6
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  2. Coma Black

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    Wasn't it the time of the Diamler-Benz and Chrysler merger?
     
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    I am not sure, I thought it went through later, so is the V6 cheaper to build or is it lighter.............?
     
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    Redline Racer Subaru Tecnica International

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    Well the 2.8 V6 block is of course a lot shorter than the straight six, which opens it up to a wider range of applications where it might not have been able to be used before.

    Autocar road tested both models, and there are slight differences in there performance.

    Straight-Six (12/01/94)

    0-60 - 8.0
    50-70 - 4.9
    Max Speed - 140

    V6 (15/07/98)

    0-60 - 7.7
    50-70 - 4.3
    Max Speed - 140
     
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    what about aftermarket parts for each of those engines???
     
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    Redline Racer Subaru Tecnica International

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    Looking through the products section of Mercedes Performance UK there seems to be parts avaliable for both models fairly readily. The V6 version seems to benefit from the more extreme tuning such as increased capacity slightly better than the straight-six.

    Bear in mind this is only a UK site though.
     
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    thanks for the link, but I am basically trying to justify this car to my self over an A4 1.8T Quattro, the problem with the Mercedes is that insurance is higher and parts are harder to find and Manual is impossible to find
     
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    v6 provides more crush zone, therefor more safety
     

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