By Nat Shirley
Friday, Nov 16th, 2012 @ 2:20 pm
 

Mercedes-Benz refreshed its C-Class lineup with new exterior styling and a more upscale cabin last year, but the baby Benz still isn't quite the most enthusiast-oriented entry-luxury ride on the market. To help address that situation, the automaker has introduced a new Sport Package with mean-looking AMG wheels and a number of other upgrades inside and out.

Available on both C-Class sedan and coupe models, the Sport Package adds a flat-bottom steering wheel, sports seats with DINAMICA insets and a rear lip spoiler in addition to the aforementioned 18-inch wheels. Red is a major theme of the package, with the seatbelts, floormat borders and stitching on the doors, seats, and steering wheel all finished in the hue.

On top of those features, Sport Package-equipped C-Class coupes also get a few actual performance-boosting goodies, including a tauter front suspension, a revised steering setup and a recalibrated transmission with rev-matched downshifting. Larger perforated brake discs - 13.5-inches up front, 11.8-inches at the rear - and an enhanced exhaust system round out the extra kit.

The Sport Package costs $2,300 for C-Class sedans and adds $2,800 to the bottom line for coupe models.