A brief history of the Mercedes C-Class
As the new C-Class is revealed, we look back at the original 'Baby Benz' and its successors. Warning: contains AMG
Posted: 16 Dec 2013
W202 Mercedes Benz C36 AMG
And so we come to the first ever ‘Compact' badged Mercedes, the W202 C-Class, unveiled in May 1993. Not that you're paying much attention with that picture above, but though it wasn't much larger over the W201, it was bigger inside and available as an estate for the first time. There was more boot space too, and - oh ok, you don't care about boot space. You care about the AMG models.
This was the first time Mercedes Benz and AMG came together to jointly develop a car (they signed a co-op agreement in 1990), first borne out in the C36 AMG, above. As the name suggests, a 3.6-litre straight-six (yep, a Merc inline sixer) produced a whopping 280bhp, powering the rear wheels to a limited top speed of 155mph, becoming the most powerful C-Class...in the world.