Mercedes-AMG has launched the successor to the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, but the high-performance arm of the German carmaker has given it a new name: Mercedes-AMG C63, taking its lead from the recently launched supercar, the Mercedes-AMG GT.
Using the steel-and-aluminum chassis of the fourth-generation C-Class, Mercedes-AMG shoehorned a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine that's based on the one used by the GT into the engine bay. Paired with it is a seven-speed automatic transmission. Throw in the three-stage adjustable dampers and a bespoke steering setup, and the Mercedes-AMG C63 is just as agile as its predecessor, if not even more so.
What sets apart the latest C63 from its predecessor, however, is the fact that it will come in two variants.
The standard C63 has 476hp and 650Nm, while the more powerful C63 S produces 510hp and 700Nm, which we reported yesterday. While the top speed for both variants is electronically limited to 250kph, the C63 S can reach 100kph in 3.9 seconds, while the plain C63 is slower at 4.0 seconds. The wagon counterparts of both models are slightly slower by 0.1 second.
The all-new C63 sports a new front bumper with deeper airdams to feed the intercooler. A unique grille and a power-dome hood complete the front fascia. Wider front wings accommodate the car's wider track with "V8 biturbo" badges adorning the similarly discreet sill extensions. Out back, the bumpers have been designed to accommodate the quad exhaust pipes, while a small wing is mounted on the trunk lid, or in the case of the wagon, above the tailgate glass.
Inside, deep contoured seats match the small AMG steering wheel and recalibrated AMG dials, while an AMG badge and IWC timepiece reside above the touchpad controller.
"At 40,000 units, the W204 C63 AMG was the best-selling AMG model," said Mercedes-AMG chief executive Tobias Moers. "We will now add to this success with the new Mercedes-AMG C63. Be it in drive, handling or equipment, this car sets new benchmarks and will further strengthen our brand promise of driving performance. AMG customers can look forward to an exceptionally dynamic driving experience."
The Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S sedans will reach global markets early next year, with the wagons following a few months later.