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Mercedes Diesel Engine news - How about this, Rudolf? - 2008

Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, turns
150 this year. Or, at least he would if he hadn’t died 95 years ago. To
celebrate (his 150th, not the death) Mercedes has announced a new four-cylinder
diesel engine set to arrive this summer.

And it sounds like a doozy. It’ll first appear in the
C-Class as the C250 CDI, but it’s actually a 2.1-litre, twin-turbocharged unit
with common-rail injection.

With 201bhp and 369lb ft of torque, it’s 20 per cent
more powerful than the outgoing C220 CDI… and 25 per cent less thirsty - Merc
says it’ll return 52.3mpg in the C-Class.

All of which makes it sound like a serious competitor
for the awesome engine in BMW’s 123d, which produces almost exactly the same
horsepower but only 295lb of torque.

That unit will haul the 1-Series to 62mph in seven
seconds flat: 0.7 seconds quicker than the C250 CDI, but the latter is a bigger
 car.

Merc also plans to introduce two detuned versions of
the 2.1-litre diesel engine later in the year, but you don’t need to concern
yourself with those.

The C250 CDI will go on
sale in the UK in October. Here’s hoping it’ll make Rudolf proud.

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