Mercedes-AMG C 63 revealed
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25th September, 2014
- New name, new engine, new technology, same purpose
- Fitted with the all-new 3,982 cc, biturbo V8 engine
- New engine is more powerful, smaller, lighter and 32 per cent more efficient than the engine it replaces
- Mercedes-AMG C 63 comes in two guises as standard with 350kW of power and 650 Nm of torque or, in C 63 S form,
developing 375kW of power and 700 Nm of torque
- The fastest AMG C-Class variant yet the C 63 S Sedan accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 4.0 seconds
- Mercedes-AMG C 63: new name takes its lead from the Mercedes-AMG GT
The all-new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Saloon and Estate were announced yesterday in Europe.
Using the 205 series aluminium and steel chassis structure as its basis, the new C 63 adds an all-new 4.0-litre
biturbo engine to endow it with phenomenal performance while unique, three-stage adjustable dampers and a bespoke
steering set-up allow it to retain the agility that made the model it replaces the most popular AMG ever made.
The technology applied to the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 is focused on enhancing the performance of the car to make it as
exhilarating as possible yet viable to be used every day. The dynamic engine mounts fitted to the C 63 are a good
example. They reduce unwanted vibration from the engine and gearbox by softening during normal driving conditions when
greater agility is required, they stiffen to improve responses through the speed-sensitive, electromechanical steering
and limit unwanted movement in the drivetrain.
Likewise, the C 63 uses a unique suspension set-up. At the front it uses four-link suspension, independent steering
knuckles and a wider track to improve stability, while at the rear the multilink system uses independent mounts and an
increase in negative camber. Both are linked to AMG RIDE CONTROL system, operating through electronically-controlled
three-stage dampers ranging from comfort through to track settings. Useful for when the latter is engaged, a mechanical
locking rear differential for the standard C 63 and an electronic version for the C 63 S.
As standard the C 63 is fitted with 245/40 R18 (front) and 265/40 R18 (rear) tyres while the S model gains 245/35
R19 (front) and 265/35 R19 (rear) tyres.
At the 'heart' of any AMG is its hand-built engine. The Mercedes-AMG C 63 uses the M177 engine, displacing 3,982 cc
and equipped with twin turbochargers neatly packaged in the V of the cylinder banks and cooled via a special duct built
in the bonnet of the car. Developing 350kW in standard form and 375kW in the C 63 AMG S, its nearly a third more
efficient than the engine it replaces yet, in S form, produces more power and emits less CO2. The combination makes it
the most efficient performance engine of its kind.
A heavily revised version of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission features on the C 63 - now with significantly
quicker shift times to improve responses.
In Saloon form, the C 63 AMG weighs from 1,715 kg while the Estate weighs from 1,785 kg (including fuel and the
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Matching the changes under the skin are extensive changes to the appearance of the car both outside and in. New
front bumpers with deep airdams to feed the intercoolers are joined by the unique AMG grille and a new bonnet with subtle
power domes. Unique, wider front guards (to clear the wider front track) feature a subtle V8 biturbo badges above a set
of similarly discreet sill extensions. The rear bumper is also new, designed to house the new quad exhaust pipes below a
small wing mounted on the boot lid and above the tailgate glass on the Estate.
Inside, the changes are immediately apparent, with deep, contoured seats set behind a small, unique AMG wheel and
recalibrated AMG dials. The option of AMG sports seats can be specified along with a range of different leather
treatments and trim finishes from piano black to carbon and aluminium. The buttons for the AMG RIDE CONTROL, the
optional active AMG performance exhaust system and the three-stage gearbox modes are grouped around the standard Touchpad
controller, above which is an AMG badge and an IWC timepiece.
European release for C 63 S sedan is scheduled for February 2015. The standard model sedan and the Estate follow in
Stay tuned to Next Car for confirmation of Australian specifications, pricing details and the release date in due
Specifications are subject to change without notice.