In the shape of the new Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG coupe, Mercedes-AMG is presenting an autonomous, high-performance car that appeals to all the senses. Distinctive design is combined with a powerful drive package and dynamic handling. The new coupe joins the successful Mercedes Benz C-Class AMG family, which includes the classic saloon as well as the practical estate model. The Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG coupe also enhances the AMG family of coupes: in addition to the Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG and the Mercedes Benz CL 63 AMG, Mercedes-AMG GmbH is now able to offer another dream car featuring a high-performance eight-cylinder engine. The market launch commences in Summer 2011.
The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine in the Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG coupe delivers a maximum output of 457 hp and peak torque of 600 Newton metres for outstanding performance: the coupe is capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds and the top speed is 155 mph (electronically limited). With this kind of specification, the new two-door vehicle is set to take the lead in its segment.
The new coupe variant benefits from all the technology updates that have been adopted on the Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG saloon and estate models. Deploying the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with "Controlled Efficiency" mode as standard and a new power steering pump reduces fuel consumption: the combined NEDC figure for the Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG coupe is 233.5 mpg.
This fuel consumption figure also applies to the performance version generating 487 hp courtesy of the AMG performance package. Available as an option, this package improves acceleration from 0 to 62 mph to 4.4 seconds, with technology transferred from the SLS AMG responsible for the 30 hp increase in output. The forged pistons, connecting rods and lightweight crankshaft adopted from the gull-wing model's high-tech drive system save three kilograms in weight. This reduces inertia and enhances the agility and responsiveness of the high-revving, eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. Visually, the AMG performance package can be identified by the variable intake manifold in titanium grey under the bonnet, the AMG high-performance braking system with composite front discs and red painted brake callipers all round, the carbon fibre spoiler lip on the boot lid and the AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather with an Alcantara grip area.
Pricing and specification of the Mercedes Benz C 63 AMG is still to be confirmed. The car will go on sale in Summer 2011.Published 23 March 2011