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Mercedes-Benz AMG models have always been the more unapologetic German muscle cars and the new Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S Coupe carry on that tradition. The new 2017 models boast a wide, menacing stance with a de-tuned variant of the same 4.0-liter V-8 found in the Mercedes-AMG GT S sports car. It’s a recipe for high-performance, tire-shredding fun.
“The new AMG C63 Coupe embodies our conception of progress: It offers impressive longitudinal and lateral dynamics at an extremely high level along with improved fuel economy,” said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “In addition, we are making a bold visual statement with the muscular design. Our customers can therefore experience the progress with each of their senses: seeing, hearing, feeling and, above all, driving!”
Right off the bat, the new Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S Coupe is more muscular and aggressive thanks to its flared fenders, wider track, and redesigned body. The sports cars only share the same doors, roof, and trunk lids as their standard C-Class coupe siblings. The extended front and rear fenders add a 2.51- and 2.59-inches of width, respectively, lending to better grip.
Two large power domes atop the hood hint at the power that the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S possess while a more dynamic front fascia stares ahead. Larger air inlets, new aero flics, and a three-dimensional A-wing spoiler improve cooling and downforce. A pair of powerful side lines portray speed and power and emphasize the unique profile of the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S Coupes.
The rear has also been completely redesigned and includes a diffuser insert with integrated chrome-plated AMG exhaust outlets that emit a powerful German V-8 sound. A subtle trunklid spoiler curves upwards to generate downforce on the short rear.
The same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine with the turbochargers positioned inside the cylinder banks as the Mercedes-AMG GT S is used in both the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S Coupes. The only difference is the tune and the lack of a dry-sump lubrication system featured in the GT S model. The engine in the C63 Coupe produces 469 horsepower from 5,500 to 6,250 RPM and 479 lb-ft. of torque from 1,750 to 4,500 RPM while the C63 S Coupe develops 503 horsepower at 5,500 RPM to 6,250 RPM and 516 lb-ft. from 1,750 to 4,500 RPM. Both models also come standard with an exhaust with integrated flaps that can be controlled by the AMG Dynamic Select transmission modes. As an option, customers can also pick up a Performance exhaust system.
All that power is sent through the AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed gearbox tailored to high-performance driving characteristics and controlled via steering wheel-mounted paddles. In the C63 Coupe, a mechanic limited-slip differential is positioned at the rear while the S model gains an electronic limited-slip differential that improve stability and can be instantly altered via the car’s electronics.
With the incredible power, the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S Coupes can throw down some impressive acceleration figures. The C63 Coupe scoots to 62 mph from rest in just 3.9 seconds and to an electronically-limited 155 mph while the C63 S Coupe does the same sprint in 3.8 seconds and can reach a limited top speed of 180 mph.
The suspension of the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S Coupe has been redesigned to take control of the wider track and produce more dynamic handling. The front boasts a four-link setup with radial, motorsports-style brake connections and a model-specific set of steering knuckles. The wheel bearing’s contact surfaces at the front and rear were both moved outwards by 25 mm. A multi-link rear suspension design is also carried over. A greater negative camber and AMG-specific wheel carriers are also utilized. Mercedes-AMG also took things a step further by using new dynamic engine mounts as standard in the C63 S Coupe that are soft for comfort but also harden instantly for high-performance driving situations.
Inside, both the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S Coupe are covered with high-quality, soft materials such as Artico and microfiber Dinamica sport seats as standard. As an option, Performance seats can also be fitted that provide a lower seating position and larger side bolsters.
The new Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S Coupes will make their global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) on September 15th. Both models will be available at dealers in the United States in the summer of 2016 as 2017-model-year vehicles.
Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S Coupe Specifications
Maximum Horsepower: 469 from 5,500 to 6,250 RPM
Maximum Torque: 479 lb-ft. from 1,750 to 4,500 RPM
Curb Weight: 3,770 lbs.
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 3.9 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically-limited)
C63 S Coupe:
Maximum Horsepower: 503 from 5,500 to 6,250 RPM
Maximum Torque: 516 lb-ft. from 1,750 to 4,500 RPM
Curb Weight: 3,803 lbs.
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 3.8 seconds
Top Speed: 180 mph (electronically-limited)
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