The 2004 C32 AMG represents the second generation of sports saloons based on the Mercedes-Benz C Class. Compared to the first generation model, it is powered by a six-cylinder engine instead of a V8 engine, although the latter was reintroduced in its facelift replacement model, the C55 AMG.
The C32 AMG replaced the C43 AMG sedan in the Mercedes lineup, but don’t be fooled by the smaller number. The older car was a V8 (hence the larger number, referencing the engine displacement), but for the new C-Class, Mercedes-Benz returned to a very old technology: supercharging, as evidenced by the large Kompressor badges on the flanks of the C32 AMG. Supercharging has one big advantage over turbocharging, mainly that the powerband is much more favorable to off-the-line sprints. The C32 AMG makes power way down low, and as the revs climb the output tracks it almost exactly. That makes the automatic-only C32 AMG one quick little sedan whose ample throttle response and generous torque makes a manual transmission unnecessary. 60 mph takes a brisk 5.1 seconds on the way to a 188 mph top speed. So don’t call the C32 a “baby AMG”—it can run with the big boys, regardless of what the number on the rear badge is.
The C32 AMG's name refers to the 3.2 litre displacement of its V6 engine, which is fitted with a twin-screw supercharger to allow it produce more power than its predecessor despite having a smaller displacement. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission and provides 349 hp (260 kW) as well as 332 ft·lb (450 N·m) of torque at 4500 rpm.
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