Said to be the ‘sportiest C-Class ever’, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe will continue to make a statement in its aesthetic, as well as its mind-blowing performance.
The AMG C 63 has an aggressive stance with its flared wheel arches, widened track and larger wheels. The Mercedes press release described the C 63 Coupe to have ‘a muscular look while also providing a basis for highly agile longitudinal and lateral dynamics.’
The C 63 Coupe is powered by a bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that produces around 350kW of power and around 650Nm of torque; this is managed by an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission. Larger tyres and shorter rear-axle ratios compared to its four-door sibling allow the Coupe to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. The power rating jumps to 375kW in the higher spec C 63 S and will reach its electronic limiter at 290km/h instead of 250km/h as found in the regular C 63 Coupe.
The V8’s two turbochargers are positioned in a ‘hot inside V’ configuration, meaning each turbo will sit in-between the engine’s cylinder banks. This allows for a more compact engine construction and lowers exhaust gas emissions.
The aggressive roar from the Merc’s bi-turbo V8 can be governed using the AMG Dynamic Select transmission modes. The sound varies from a ‘discreet note suitable for long-distance driving’ and more ‘robust and emotional’ tones. An optional performance exhaust system is available which gives full control of the exhaust note at the press of a button.
Developed by AMG is the complex AMG ride control suspension that features electronically controlled shock absorbers. Dynamic engine mounts, the limited-slip differential and the dynamic select transmission modes were also designed by AMG.
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 coupe ‘meets the wishes of those customers who desire a combination of a highly emotional, unmistakable engine sound with torquey power delivery’.
Performance seats are optional which deliver increased lateral support using aggressively contoured bolsters. Other safety features include Attention Assist which detects driver fatigue, Collision Prevention Assist Plus which prevents rear-end collisions.
Australian specifications are not yet released, but we expect Mercedes-Benz to follow the precedent set by the sedan, and offer only the higher-powered C 63 S coupe to the local market. It is tipped to sit above the C 63 S Sedan’s $154,900 RRP when it lobs here next year.