Mercedes has ‘quietly’ leaked photos of the highly anticipated C 63 AMG ahead of its official debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. The performance flagship of the C-Class made a sneaky entry to world arena at Mercedes’ dealer website yesterday, only to be taken down overnight but not before the leaked photos were scooped by media around the globe.
The new Mercedes C 63 AMG will rival the BMW M3 Sedan and Lexus RC F with a fresh V8 sourced from the company’s new image-leading model, the AMG GT. The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 will replace the outgoing model’s 6.2-litre atmospheric V8 under the bonnet of the new C 63 AMG.
In the standard C 63 AMG, the new biturbo V8 serves up 350kW of power and 650Nm of torque to the rear wheels, while an even hotter version, the C 63 AMG S, ups the ante with 375kW and 700Nm. Both models will drive through a seven-speed AMG Speedshift transmission. The C 63 AMG sprints from zero to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds, while the S version is fractionally quicker, at 4.1 seconds. These figures put the new top dog right in the ball park of the turbocharged 3.0-litre M3’s 4.1 second century sprint.
The latest images released by the brand are the first official images of the latest AMG, undisguised for the first time. The sports saloon is beefed up with a bolder front bumper with larger air intakes, deeper side skirts, rear bumper incorporating a diffuser and quad exhaust tips, and a boot lid spoiler.
Further distinguishing the AMG from the standard C-Class are the black mesh grille with a single horizontal bar ac, bulging bonnet and AMG 18-inch alloy wheels. The AMG S kicks things up a notch with high gloss black accents on the front bumper and 19-inch wheels.
Inside, the C 63 gains sports seats, AMG flat-bottomed steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, aluminium door trim, black headliner and Artico (pesudo leather) dashboard trim.
Coping with the brutal power is AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with three-stage adjustable dampers and AMG-tuned speed sensitive steering. The brakes are also AMG items with steel disc measuring 360mm on the front and 330mm at the rear. The AMG S steps up with composite discs all round.
The new C 63 AMG and C 63 AMG S will arrive in Australia in mid 2015.