A Mercedes C 250 d 4MATIC has set a new record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

A Mercedes C 250 d 4MATIC has set a new record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

With test driver Uwe Nittel behind the wheel, the model was able to complete the 12.4 mile (19.9 km) long course in 11 minutes and 22 seconds.  This is a new record for a "series-production diesel car."  

In a statement, Nittel said "Shoving a series-production diesel sedan with an automatic transmission up Pikes Peak sounds like a crazy idea, but it was a lot of fun. It shows that the preconceived notions about diesel engines are no longer relevant."

As a refresher, the C 250 d 4MATIC has a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that develops 204 PS (150 kW) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque.  It is connected to a 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission and a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system which enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph).

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