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2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Sedan And Wagon Spied Testing Photo:
 
 
Tony O'Kane | Jun, 16 2014 | 2 Comments

As the all-new 2015 C-Class range begins to enter global showrooms, so too does its high-performance AMG variant draw nearer to a debut. There will be a few fundamental changes, though.

The current C 63 AMG is the one of the last road cars to use AMG's 6.2 litre naturally-aspirated V8, and its replacement will follow other AMG models by moving down to a new 4.0 litre turbo V8.

And while these latest photos offer a new look at both the wagon and sedan, this past weekend has also seen Mercedes AMG reveal details of that new twin-turbo engine.

Destined first for the new AMG GT coupe, the new 4.0 litre powerhouse will offer a hefty 375kW and 650Nm in its initial state - and that alone will make it a worthy successor to the outgoing 336kW/600Nm C 63.

The new engine could also help shave a fine layer off the C 63's 0-100km/h time, which, in the current model, is listed at 4.4 seconds.

MORE: AMG’s Brand-New 375kW Turbo V8 Revealed

Benz's familiar 7G Tronic seven-speed automatic will be replaced by a new twin-clutch auto, and AMG's Drive Unit system will alow drivers greater customisability of transmission, engine and suspension settings.

The camouflaged prototypes caputured here gives away few details, but rest assured: despite what appears to be a smooth bonnet AMG's signature twin bonnet strakes will continue to be a hallmark of the C-Class AMG.

These latest shots also offer a more revealing look at the Estate wagon version of the flagship performer, adding a dose of practicality to the powered-up AMG model.

As with the sedan version, the C 63 AMG Estate will get a unique styling kit, larger wheels, huge brakes and a quad exhaust system at the rear.

As for that name, we can expect the C 63 name to stick around - despite the change to a smaller engine.

The C 63 would not be the first AMG model to keep its earlier designation while downsizing its powerplant, with the current SL 63, S 63 and E 63 all powered by the newer 5.5 litre turbocharged V8.

According to reports overseas, insiders at AMG have described the C 63 moniker as simply being "too valuable" to drop.

Watch for official details on both models to surface over the coming months.

 
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