We now know what an older Mercedes-Benz C-Class looks like when it takes to the skies for a one-way flight.
This is the Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor, so called because Mercedes had the idea of supercharging a bunch of their engines back in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. It seemed to be mostly a marketing gimmick that gave the Mercedes a distinct sound signature without actually giving them all that much in the way of power.
The later model C230 was powered by a 1.8-L inline 4-cylinder engine that put out 189 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque on a good day. Zero to sixty was performed in a stately and whiny 8.1 seconds. Top speed was governor limited at 131 mph--not that you’d be likely to get it going that fast even without the governor.
Those stats were when the C230 was new. The Kompressor you’re about to see is anything but new. Frankly, it looks like it’s taken part in one too many demolition derbies filled with old Dodge trucks and minivans.
From the same people who brought us the video of the burnt-out McLaren in the middle of the Nevada desert comes the latest video from DailyDrivenExotics. The boys managed to find an old, beat up C230 and decided to launch it off a jump a la Dukes of Hazzard.
The jump itself would be difficult for even a tiny super-powered dirt bike to make, with the intervening space between the ramp and where the car was expected to make a graceful landing somewhere in the range of 200 feet. Getting this particular C230 to drive on level ground 200 feet would be a challenge in and of itself. Getting it to fly through the air that far seemed nigh impossible.
And at 13 minutes into the video, it was. While the C230 made a fairly graceful three-quarters corkscrew, it then landed unceremoniously on its roof. With smoke billowing from the engine, the entire car went from barely mobile junk heap to a literal one.
Surprisingly, only the side airbag actually inflated. The front airbag remained completely silent. Good thing nobody was inside.