It’s official. The all-new Mercedes C 63 AMG has been fully unveiled, after a series of leaked photos surfaced overnight. The C-Class performance flagship is available in a choice of four variants – the saloon and the estate are both offered as the C 63 AMG and C 63 AMG S, with the C 63 S set up for even more dynamic handling and performance. The latest addition to the AMG portfolio will premiere on 2 October 2014 at the Paris Motor Show, alongside the Mercedes-AMG GT, the brand’s new image-leading model.
The 2015 Mercedes C 63 AMG will rival the BMW M3 Sedan and Lexus RC F with a new V8 based on the same unit found in the AMG GT. The new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 will replace the outgoing model’s 6.2-litre atmospheric V8 under the bonnet of the 2015 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 sedan sprints from zero to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds, while the S version is fractionally quicker, at 4.0 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.
Boasting a fuel consumption figure of just 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the combined cycle, the C 63 AMG is the most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder car in the high-performance segment. The newly developed biturbo V8 has its turbochargers located within the cylinder V, rather than on the outside of the cylinder banks – specialists refer to this as the “hot inside V”. The benefits are compact engine dimensions, optimum responsiveness and low exhaust emissions.
The M177 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, the newest member of the BlueDIRECT engine family, is a close relative of the M178, which is the sports-car heart of the new Mercedes-AMG GT.
Standard equipment on the C 63 AMG includes the AMG Ride Control sports suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, the mechanical rear locking differential and the AMG Dynamic Select drive programmes. The highly exclusive “Edition 1” is also available from market launch.
The AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sport transmission is available with a variety of modes – Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Sport +, as well as “Race”, which is exclusive to the C 63 S. The driver chooses from the various drive programmes with the aid of the AMG Dynamic Select switch. The “temporary M” function, activated by using the paddles, delivers a further increase in dynamics.
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.
2015 Mercedes C 63 AMG specification
Mercedes C 63 AMG S
Mercedes C 63 AMG
Twin-turbo 4.0 V8
Twin-turbo 4.0 V8
375 kW (510 hp) at 5500-6250 rpm
350 kW (476 hp) at 5500-6250 rpm
700 Nm at 1750-4500 rpm
650 Nm at 1750-4500 rpm
Fuel consumption NEDC combined
8.4-8.2 l/100 km(8.6-8.4 l/100 km)
8.2 l/100 km(8.4 l/100 km)
Kerb weight (to EC)
1655 kg* / 1730 kg**(1725 kg* / 1800 kg**)
1640 kg* / 1715 kg**(1710 kg* / 1785 kg**)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h
4.0 (4.1) s
4.1 (4.2) s
Figures in brackets for estate * driveable (fuel tank 90 % full, minus driver and luggage); ** driveable (fuel tank 90 % full, with driver (68 kg) and luggage (7 kg); *** electronically limited
- Forged wheels in 8.5 x 19 and 9.5 x 19 cross-spoke design, painted matte black with the rim painted in red; tyres are 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear)
- Night package (A-wing and trim in high-gloss black, wing mirror housings in high-gloss black, sill cladding inlays in high-gloss black, waistline trim and window frames in high-gloss black, radiator grille with double fin in silver chrome, heat-insulating tinted glass rearward of B-pillar)
- Separation edge in high-gloss black (saloon only)
- Black-chromed twin end pipe fairings
- Red accents (decals) on radiator grille and wing mirrors
- Sport stripes (decals) in matte graphite grey above sill cladding
- Performance seats, door centre panels and armrest in black nappa leather with diamond pattern and red contrasting stitching
- designo seatbelts in red
- Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre, flattened bottom, with red 12-o’clock marking, red contrasting stitching, steering wheel fairing in silver chrome with “Edition 1” lettering and silver-coloured aluminium shift paddles
- Trim element in carbon red pepper / light aluminium with longitudinal grain and red filaments
- Foot mats in black with “AMG” lettering and piping in red
The new Mercedes C 63 AMG and C 63 AMG S will arrive in Australia in mid 2015.