Fresh new reports have indicated that Mercedes-Benz will be introducing the C450 AMG Sport at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit early next year.
Mercedes-Benz will follow in the footsteps of rivals, BMW and Audi, by introducing an AMG sub-brand. Like BMW’s M Performance range and Audi’s S range, the AMG Sport models will sit between the top of the Mercedes-Benz ranges and the entry-level AMGs.
The C450 AMG Sport (C-Class AMG Sport pictured) will rival the Audi S4 and BMW 335i M Sport. As previously reported, the new C-Class variant will spot an updated 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 under the bonnet. Power is expected to be in the region of 275kW and 550Nm, served to the rear wheels. It’s a far cry from the 373 kW / 610 Nm bahn-storming C63 AMG, but the hot C-Class will be in a much better proposition in terms of value.
Unlike the rear-drive-only C63 AMG, the C450 AMG Sport will also be available with the optional 4MATIC all-wheel-drive. At this stage, we expect the performance model to only come in a sedan body, but both wagon and coupe body shapes are likely to be in the cards.
The more muscular engine will be matched with a slightly more aggressive body kit to distinguish it from the ‘cooking’ models, along with slightly firmer AMG-tuned suspension, wider tracks, bigger tyres, more equipment and a sportier interior.
Mercedes is quick to point out that while the AMG Sport range may carry the coveted AMG badge, they are not full blown AMGs, which will continue to sit at the top of its respective models.
Expect the entire Mercedes-Benz range to get the AMG Sport treatment in the next few years.