Mercedes C250d Sets Pikes Peak Diesel Record

Mercedes C250d Sets Pikes Peak Diesel Record

The Mercedes-Benz C250d 4MATIC has set a record at Pikes Peak.

Completing the 12.4-mile trek up the infamous Pikes Peak, the Mercedes-Benz C 250 d 4MATIC turned in a time of 11 minutes 22 seconds, setting a new record for diesel-powered cars on the course.

According to the German automaker, the sedan competed in the race in “largely series-production configuration” with modifications including the removal of some interior bits and the addition of a roll cage, racing tank, fire extinguisher system, upgraded brakes and ultra-high-performance tires.

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The four-cylinder diesel engine churns 201 hp mated to a 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission and gets a combined fuel economy rating of 34 mpg. The C250d is also the first diesel model to surpass U.S. ULEV 70 emissions requirements.

“With extensive simulations and gruelling durability trials at test sites all over the world, the Mercedes-Benz testing program is one of the most rigorous in the industry,” says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of Daimler AG, responsible for group research and Mercedes-Benz Cars development. “Pikes Peak raises the bar even further, and the virtually series-production C 250 d 4MATIC proved that sporty performance and clean exhaust technology are not mutually exclusive.”

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