2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sport CoupeLayoutLongitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine2.3-liter inline four, dohc, four valves per cylinder, supercharged and intercooled, Brabus exhaust, Kleemann pulley and software, RENNtech intercooler, Supersprint header
SuspensionH&R coilovers, AMG anti-roll bars
BrakesTopline Porsche 996 and 993 brake kits
Wheels and TiresDCR Catalunya, 10x19 (f)12.5x19 (r)Continental Sport Contact2,265/30-19 (f)315/25-19 (r)
ExteriorBrabus front and rear bumper lips, Kineda carbon-fiber grille insert and rear spoiler, European foglamps and bi-xenon headlamps, Kineda carbon-fiber grille, E55 side markers, custom widebody conversion, custom Titanium Gunmetal Metallic Blue paint
InteriorBrabus shift knob, Recaro Pole Position seats, Kineda silver carbon-fiber trim and silver carbon-fiber steering wheel treatment
AudioBrax and SPL amplifiers, a/d/s/ speakers and subwoofers, custom kickpods with floating tweeters, custom subwoofer/amp enclosure
Adding a Little FlareTo beef up the rear end of this C230K, Terry Ng wanted fender flares-but not the cheesy ones you can add on. These modifications were completed using the existing metal, without any fiberglass parts. Interested? Well, OK, we'll give you the simple breakdown.
The rear and front quarter panels were cut straight down the middle and flared 2.5 inches, then reunited using sheetmetal and welding. The customized pieces were then smoothed out and given an expert finish, so the end product was something very factory. The work is impressive and, except for the widebody appearance, the quarter panels look untouched.
According to Ng, it's "what the car should've looked like straight from the Mercedes-Benz factory. They would have sold a lot more of these had they created the coupe this way." We agree. -B.M.B