Mercedes Performance Upgrades: Mercedes Tuners A Tradition of Innovation
We love Mercedes Benz for its commitment to innovation. As Mercedes Tuners, this is a quality we share when conducting our Mercedes performance upgrades. From the first Mercedes to those of modern time, we know Mercedes performance Upgrade can always be perfected.
Carrying on a Proud Tradition
The first “Mercedes” model series generated much excitement at the Nice Race Week in 1901. Its lightweight design and power was a departure from the cars on the market at the time. At 35 horsepower it dominated the races, signaling the beginning of the era of the modern automobile. Today things are a little different. A great deal of your vehicle’s performance is dictated by engine software. The good news is Mercedes Tuners can make a big difference with Mercedes Performance Upgrades without spending too much money.
Mercedes Performance Upgrade: Where We Start
Recently we worked on adding a Mercedes Performance Upgrade to a 2013 C300 Sedan. The C-Class is Mercedes’ entry level compact luxury vehicle, which offers Mercedes quality at a lower price than other models. While the C300 is situated between the C250 and C350, it got a special upgrade between the 2012 and 2013 years. Most significantly, it moved up from a 3.0 to 3.5 liter V6 engine. Notably the C300 is actually a detuned version of the C350.
As Mercedes Tuners, it’s always important to know what factory specs we’re starting from, because we are always careful to tune within the safe limits of a car’s capabilities. The stock specs of the C300 are 245 horsepower and 251 LBS-FT torque. This vehicle also has an EPA city/highway fuel economy of 20/28 mpg.
Mercedes Tuners and The Magic of the Electronic Control Unit
A Mercedes performance upgrade starts with an ECU tune. After deliberating with our customer, we decided to perform a Stage 2 tune on this C300. That being said, your tune level will really depend on your preference as a driver. We will have a conversation with you to determine what stage tune makes the most sense. That’s the way Mercedes Tuners should work.
In our shop, an experienced technician popped the hood of the C300 and carefully removed the ECU. This is a critical piece of technology for your car, so it must be handled with caution. Once removed, our technician ran diagnostic tests and ultimately modified the factory settings to unlock the untapped potential of this vehicle.
A Stage 2 tune on this C300 brings the horsepower to 262 and the torque to 273 LBS-FT. While that might not sound like the biggest change we’ve written about here on our blog, really this C300 became much more responsive, with smoother acceleration and improved throttle response. That is to say, when we optimize the torque curve, the engine produces more torque at lower RPMs, allowing the driver to change gear earlier. In sum, this C300’s engine now performs better all around, and the difference is striking.
If you’re interested in learning more, please take a look at our Ultimate Mercedes Tuning Guide for more information on the kind of work we do. You can also find us at the PRESSERtech garage — don’t hesitate to give us a call.