|2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG|
So, the G55 AMG served as the "last of the Kompressors" and now the Mercedes-Benz Kompressor story is now come to an end when it was replaced with the G63 AMG which has more power than the V8 Kompressor from the outgoing G55 AMG.
It pains me to say this that it appears the Mercedes-Benz killed the Kompressor name for good and yes, there are no Kompressor models ever built. Mercedes-Benz Kompressor is now consigned to the history books, or in short, extinct.
Anyway, while we mourn about the death of the Kompressor, what exactly is a Mercedes-Benz Kompressor?
Kompressor, which is German for SUPERCHARGER, is an engine option available on past Mercedes-Benz models such as the SLK230, C180, C230, SL55 AMG, G55 AMG, E55 AMG, CLK55 AMG, and other defunct models wearing the KOMPRESSOR badge.
Back in the 1920's Mercedes developed their first supercharger with assistance from Ferdinand Porsche. In fact, they became the first German carmaker to fit selected models with superchargers.
Compared to traditional superchargers, the Kompressors uses a turbine to compress air and doesn't recycle air, making it smoother and powerful that doesn't lag like most supercharged engines do.
However, Kompressors can be somewhat noisier than conventional superchargers. Even though they've been fitted with a silencer to reduced their volume, they're still the loudest on the market.
So that's why Mercedes-Benz killed the Kompressor line for good because it was too noisy and some drivers can be easily bothered by the noise of the Kompressor engine. So, is there a point to this sad story? I'm afraid not but to be honest, it's how sad that Mercedes-Benz no longer making supercharged cars for good. Is it because of the emission regulations? I don't know but we have to find out sooner or later.