Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class flagship is the latest to be by given an overhaul by Mercedes-AMG. The all-new Mercedes-AMG C 63 will be unveiled at the 2014 Paris motor show and should arrive in South Africa by April 2015.
Hot on the heels of Mercedes-AMG’s GT reveal, the Merc subsidiary has released details of the upcoming C 63 – this time powered by a 4.0-litre V8 birturbo rather than the now-traditional 6.2-litre V8.
But the Paris motor show also provides a platform for another change in direction for Mercedes. Tobias Moers, Mercedes-AMG CEO, explains: ‘We are also marking the beginning of a new era with the new nomenclature. The successor to the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG will now be called the Mercedes-AMG C 63.’
New name, same attitude
Despite a new name Moers assures, however, that ‘AMG customers can look forward to an exceptionally dynamic driving experience’. To this point, apart from the unmissable performance provided by the biturbo V8, the C 63 will also feature a range of AMG-specific details such as a sports suspension with electronically controlled shocks, a mechanical rear locking diff and Dynamic Select drive programmes.
In line with Affalterbach’s standard operating model, the new hot C’s biturbo V8 is built using the company’s ‘one man, one engine’ approach. Outputs range from 350kW/650Nm for the ‘base’ version to 375kW/700Nm for the AMG S and AMG’s Speedshift MCT seven-speed dual clutch transmission is standard. The new eight-cylinders turbochargers are positioned inside the V, a configuration that is said to keep the engine dimensions compact, improve responsiveness and keep emissions low. The company claims an average fuel consumption for the V8 of 8.2 litres per 100km.
The C 63 S will also be offered as standard with dynamic engine mounts, as used on the Mercedes-AMG GT, that adapt to the driving conditions to reduce harsh vibration from the powertrain.
Options include a rortier performance exhaust system that works in sync with Dynamic Select and features three switchable exhaust flaps to keep the AMG’s sound effects on song and, on the C 63 S, a high-performance, ceramic brake system for the first time.
Mercedes-AMG assures, however, that more than an everyday sports car, the latest C 63 will also offer long-distance comfort and ‘unrivalled’ fuel consumption. It will also be fitted with the latest in Merc’s safety arsenal lifted from the S- and E-Class, including an improved drowsiness warning system and Collision Prevention Assist Plus.
Expect the range-topping C 63 AMG sedan to arrive in South Africa by the second quarter of 2015, followed by the estate versions a little later in the year. A more desirable ‘Edition 1’ model – identified by a number of styling tweaks – will spearhead the market launch.
|Mercedes-AMG C 63 S||Mercedes-AMG C 63|
|Displacement||3982 cm3||3982 cm3|
|Power||375 kW at 5500-6250 rpm||350 kW at 5500-6250 rpm|
|Max. torque||700 Nm at 1750-4500 rpm||650 Nm at 1750-4500 rpm|
|Fuel consumption||8.4-8.2 l/100 km (8.6-8.4 l/100 km)||8.2 l/100 km (8.4 l/100 km)|
|CO2 emissions||195-192 g/km (200-196 g/km)||192 g/km (196 g/km)|
|Kerb weight||1655 kg (1725 kg)||1640 kg (1710 kg)|
|Acceleration||4.0 (4.1) s||4.1 (4.2) s|
|Top speed||250 km/h (limited)||250 km/h (limited)|