Any internal combustion engine can be fitted with forced induction.
Yes, the C280 does have 194hp. But the C180 has 120hp. The extra 74hp would certainly be felt, but it would not be so much that it would break the gearbox as mentioned. 194hp really is not alot in terms of a 6 cylinder engine.
Sorry, I did not mean to make it sound like you wouldnt notice the power difference. I was only trying to say that the gearbox would not be damaged by it.
Ah i understand now, the gearbox would have been the same one fitted to the c280 anyhow so it should be able to handle the extra power with ease. And i know the power is ridiculously small for the displacement, Mitsubishi can pull over 300hp out of a 1998cc for instance, personally if i were to change the engine i would go for a m111 c230k engine, as its supercharged and has a lower displacement - better gas milage !
But should provide a similar power output to the 2.8 engine, only 4hp less, and benefit from a lower grossweight from the smaller block. -well that's my theory.
But, could you fit an actual supercharger from a wrecked c200k or c230k to a stock c180 engine, as this would be obviously so much cheaper and easier than replacing the whole engine.
Also, i'm also assuming that the brake and suspension setup would be the same on models up to the c280, obviously the extra power would have negative impacts on brakes and suspension if its only designed for a low-power engine.