The Kompressor engine is a 2.3 liter 4 cylinder supercharged engine good for at least 185hp and 0-60 in 6.6 and a 1/4 mile at 15 seconds. I think the 4matic just means it's a 4 speed automatic (I think).
IStheBest ... the Kompressor designation on a Mercedes-Benz means that the engine has a supercharger. I believe MB opted for a supercharger over turbo because it has virtually no lag and therefore better efficiency.
No quite a few manufacturers go with s-chargers. Jaguar s-charges its XJ, (the XJR), Pontiac (GrandPrix GTP, Bonneville SSEi) and Buick (Regal and Park Avenue) both have s-charged engines, the 38. liter engine. Thats all i can think of at the moment.
Hmm...I don't think there will be a CLK 32, since there is already a CLK 55. However, there is an SLK 32 equipped with a supercharger (see newest R&T w/ the M3, 911 Carrera, and Corvette Z06 on the cover).
Supercharging isn't all that uncommon. As mentioned above - GM has been supercharging the 3.8 for quite some time in both Buick and Pontiac models. Ford has also been supercharging several motors (also mentioned above) - their supercharged 3.8 was in the Thunderbird for quite a few years in the 90's, the Jag as mentioned is current, and the supercharged Ford Lightning pickup gets bumped to 380hp for 2001 - serious yee-haa factor in that one.
In the not so recent past, Auburn and MB both used superchargers back in the 30's.
How did we not get bumped to the parking lot on this one?