When in my 1995 C280, and stopped, then if I floor it to the floor (before kickdown), the engine will only rev up to about 5600 RPM. But if I floor it and use kickdown, the engine will rev to redline @ 6400 RPM. Now I know that peak horsepower is at 5500 rpm for this car. Is there any benefit of keeping it floored past kickdown to get the max RPM out of the engine when accelerating? What is the point of it being like this?
Now I do notice that on all electronic transmission (722.6/ 1997 +), putting the pedal to kickdown makes not difference at all. You don't even have to floor it all the way to get it to get right near redline. I have experienced this on a 1999 S420, 2001 CLK320, and a 1999 E430, so I know this is consistent and the way it's supposed to be.
Also, does anyone know if MBUSA does their 0-60 with it in kickdown (prior to 97, I suppose)??
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