Less than a month after the Mercedes-Benz W205 C-Class was introduced here in Malaysia, the German carmaker have gone on to globally reveal their latest C63 AMG at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, which they have decided to effectively call it the Mercedes-AMG C63. It comes in two flavours this time around, a standard C63 model and the punchier C63 S variant. The AMG C63 stormed Paris in sedan and wagon forms, and both can be had in either standard or S trim.
|Name||Mercedes-AMG C63||Mercedes-AMG C63 S|
|Engine||3,982cc, twin-turbocharged V8||3,982cc, twin-turbocharged V8|
|Transmission||AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sport transmission||AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sport transmission|
|Max Power||476 hp @ 5,500 – 6,250 rpm||510 hp @ 5,500 – 6,250 rpm|
|Max Torque||650 Nm @ 1,750 – 4,500 rpm||700 Nm @ 1,750 – 4,500 rpm|
|Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h||4.1 seconds||4.0 seconds|
The highlight of the new AMG C63 lies underneath the hood – AMG’s all-new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine. In the standard tune, the engine (codenamed M177; AMG GT‘s engine is M178) makes 476 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque, while the C63 S gets tuned to make 510 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque (the latter mill’s output figures almost mirror that of the AMG GT). Comparatively, its immediate rivals from Munich – BMW M3 and M4‘s twinturbo 3.0-litre inline-six makes 431 horses and 550 Nm of torque.
More on the engine front: Mercedes AMG claims that their V8 unit is the most fuel efficient eight-cylinder engine ever in the field of high-performance powerplant, with a fuel consumption figure of 8.2 litres per 100km as per the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) combined. According to AMG, the new V8 engine consumes 32 percent less fuel than the superseded 6.3-litre naturally aspirated engine.
Despite being fuel efficient,the C63 is capable of completing the century sprint in 4.1 seconds, whereas the C63 S gets from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds (add 0.1 seconds for the wagon variant). Both engines are paired to AMG’s seven-speed Speedshift MCT sports transmission, which delivers the engine’s grunt to the rear wheels only. Top speed for both variants are electronically limited at 250 km/h.
To address, or in this context, minimise noise and vibration from the engine, the engineers from Affalterbach have installed dynamic engine mountings that are adaptive to the prevailing driving styles within fractions of a second. There are four driving modes for the driver to choose from – Controlled Efficiency, Sport, Sport + as well as the C63 S-exclusive Race mode, which offer a wider range of individual customisation.
Externally, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 gets a widened aluminium front wings (14mm wider) and a lengthened front end (54mm longer). Several parts of the C63 were also reinforced to compensate for the extreme longitudinal and transverse forces generated and transmitted by the drivetrain.
At the rear, the three-finned diffuser is carried over from their motorsport division, which functions to reduce air friction and improve coefficient drag figures. Complementing the rear end’s look are the two chrome-plated twin end pipes. The C63 sits on the standard 18-inch wheels, while the C63 S gets the 19-inch set. Brakes are made of steel, although there’s the optional carbon ceramic brakes, a first for the model line.
Over on the inside, the C63 shrieks of nothing but the finest German craftsmanship, with extensive use of high-grade leather and quality plastics parts. The dashboard is finished in black Artico man-made leather, while housing the IWC-designed analogue clock. Sitting next to the touch pad in the carbon fibre centre console is the AMG Dynamic Select switch.
Above all that, the C63 will also be available in the Edition 1 trim, which gets 19-inch cross-spoke wheels, gloss black touches on some of the exterior parts, black-chromed exhaust pipes, red accents on the radiator and wing mirrors as well as matte graphite grey sport stripes.
As far as we know now, sales of the C63 and C63 S will begin as early as February 2015 (saloon form), whereas the wagon version will be available from April 2015. The previous W204 C63 AMG sold more than 40,000 units worldwide, and went on the become the brand’s most sought after AMG model. Will the new W205 C63 AMG be the brand’s new icing-on-the-cake recipe?