The Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupe, the spiritual successor to the CLK 63 AMG, is now available in Australia.
Like its sedan stablemate, the C 63 AMG Coupe is powered by a 6.2 litre naturally-aspirated V8 and takes drive to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic.
Producing 336kW and 600Nm of torque, the C 63's V8 is powerful enough to rocket the 1730kg coupe to 100km/h in just 4.4 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h, and fuel consumption is listed at 12.1 l/100km.
The seven-speed AMG SpeedShift MCT transmission features a launch control system, along with the requisite sports and manual shift modes.
A pair of metal paddles mounted behind the steering wheel allows the driver to change gears manually, while the shift lever also features a plus-minus plane.
Available as an option is the AMG Performance Package, which applies the lightweight pistons, conrods and crankshaft from the SLS AMG's engine to the C 63's V8. The result is greater throttle response and improved power delivery, plus an extra 22kW.
The Performance Package also brings composite front brake rotors and red-painted calipers, a carbon fibre bootlip spoiler and an Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel.
The C 63 AMG also benefits from a unique chassis set up that includes a three-link front suspension and a reinforced multi-link independent rear suspension.
Firmer spring and damper settings help rein in the V8's muscle, and the quicker 13.5:1 steering ratio also livens up the C 63's handling.
A set of lightweight AMG wheels sit at each corner, wearing 235/40R18 tyres at the front and 255/35R18 tyres at the rear. Wheel options include an alternative 18-inch wheel design and a pair of 19-inch designs, while handling can be further improved via an optional locking rear differential.
The C 63 AMG Coupe features the same creature comforts and safety equipment as the current C 63 AMG sedan, however a new addition is internet access through the COMAND multimedia system. Also included are a larger display screen, Bluetooth audio integration, SMS functionality and a USB input in the centre console.
Pricing for the the C 63 sedan and estate has not changed, and the new Coupe's entry price is the same as the wagon's.
- 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Sedan - $152,800
- 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupe - $154,800
- 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Estate - $154,800
- AMG Performance Package - $14,900
C 63 AMG Coupe Black Edition
As we reported earlier this year the flagship of the C-class performance range, the C 63 AMG Coupe Black Edition, is set to arrive in Australia around the middle of 2012. Pricing will be revealed closer to launch.