Just two days out from the official launch of the E92 BMW M3, in what can only be described as an astounding coincidence...Mercedes have released official images and details of their new C63 AMG. Make no mistake, there is no doubting that this is one very special and very quick BMW M3 competitor.
It appears to us that the C63 should really have been the C62 but the chaps in charge of engine capacity and badges got on the schnapps and developed a new method of rounding-up. To quote the press release:
The new bonnet with its prominent power domes conceals the independently developed AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine, which develops a fulminating 336 kW/457 hp at 6800 rpm from a displacement of 6208 cubic centimetres.
Hmmmâ€¦isnâ€™t 6208 cubic centimeters 6.2-litresâ€¦ Anyway, we will continue to refer to it as a 6.2-litre engine as that is clearly what it is. You can check out the C63 AMG European press release by clicking on the link or stay tuned for a rundown of the basics.
The C63 comes equipped with a slightly detuned version of the 6.2-litre V8 found under the hood of the CLK63. In C63 tune it produces 336Kw/600Nm which is enough to see it accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds and go on to an electronically limited 250km/h.
This all means that the C63 AMG will be more powerful and ultimately quicker in a straight line shoot-out than BMWâ€™s soon to be released E92 M3. The next generation M3 is expected to be sporting a 309kw/400Nm 4.0-litre V8 and an approximate 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.8 seconds.
We expect the eventual road-tests and comparisons to confirm that while the AMG C63 is quicker out of the hole the E92 M3 will be sharper through the twisty bits and a more focussed drive.
Don't cash in those Telstra shares just yet as the C63 is not due to make an appearance until 2008 and no doubt Australia will wait while Europe and the USA have first bite at the apple. Australian pricing and availability is not yet known but we will remain vigilant.