The new midsized heroes have yet to make their world premiere, but these images and details offer a first official look at what we’ll see in Paris next month.
Today's online debut also confirms that the new C 63 will follow the recently revealed GT coupe into a new naming paradigm: Mercedes-AMG C 63 instead of Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG.
Shown here in C 63 and top C 63 S form, the new midsized performers get enhanced styling and, of course, that thumping 4.0 litre turbo V8.
As expected, the new C 63 follows in the tracks of its larger and recently overhauled E 63 stablemate, debuting a broad and deep lower grille design.
The mesh and single-louvre grille design is also familiar, while a bulging and subtly powerful bonnet reaches back to the A-pillars.
The new AMG car’s flares are more noticeably flared, particularly at the front. (Although, once again, BMW’s M3 rules the roost for the mantle of ‘pumped-guard champion’.)
Along with the larger alloy wheels and meaty brakes, changes in the profile are rounded out by new mirror caps, lower skirts and a vent-like indent behind the front wheel arch.
At the rear, there’s subtle spoilers, a vented rear bumper, and AMG’s familiar quad-exhaust layout flanking a small diffuser design.
And, as the top-shelf model (the launch ‘Edition 1’ offering aside), the C 63 S gets bigger 19-inch alloys, red calipers, AMG dynamic engine mounts and the Ride Control suspension system with variable dampers.
Go for the special Edition 1 model, and there’s unique ‘graphite’ body graphics, red accents to the wheels and door mirrors, a gloss black front spoiler and other gloss black exterior highlights.
For the full feature set, check out the detailed list below.
That 4.0 litre turbo V8
Driving the new C 63 is Merc AMG’s equally new bi-turbo 4.0 litre V8 - known as the M178 in its AMG GT form, and M177 in the C 63.
The new engine was confirmed last week to deliver 375kW at 5500rpm and 700Nm at 1750-6250rpm in hero C 63 S form - 50Nm more than in the AMG GT coupe.
In its ‘regular’ form, the C 63’s V8 will be ever-so-slightly detuned to deliver a still hot 350kW at 5500rpm and 650Nm and 1750-6250rpm.
The fresh V8 is again mated to AMG's seven-speed Speedshift MCT dual-clutch auto, matched in the cabin to paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
Buyers that stick with the regular model won’t miss out too much in the way of bragging rights, either, with the sedan versions claiming 0-100km/h times of 4.0 and 4.1 seconds respectively. (4.1 and 4.2 for the Estate.)
Importantly, both times represent a hair-thin but significant improvement over the 4.4 second claim of the outgoing C 63 AMG - and we can be certain that the inevitable C 63 AMG Black Series will boast a sub-four second run.
In sedan form, the new C 63 is around 15kg lighter than its predecessor at 1640kg, while the C 63 S weighs in at 1655kg.
- AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch with five AMG-specific driving modes 'Individual', 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport +' and 'Race'
- AMG rear axle locking differential, electronically controlled
- AMG rear axle with independent wheel carriers, wheel bearings and AMG-specific elastokinematics
- AMG high-performance composite brake system
- 390mm composite brake discs at the front and one-piece brake discs with a diameter of 360 mm at the rear axle
- Brake calipers in red with black 'AMG' lettering
- AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system (optional) with composite brake discs and red painted brake calipers with 'AMG' lettering
- AMG cooling with additional Radlaufwasserkühler
- AMG engine mount dynamic
- AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension with adaptive variable damping in three stages
- AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with manual mode 'M' and Race Start function
- AMG sports exhaust system with two chromed twin switchable tailpipes and flap control over key
- AMG speed-sensitive sports steering
- AMG front axle with independent steering knuckles, wheel bearings and AMG-specific elastokinematics
- Black armrests in the doors and in the center console in leather ARTICO man-
- AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather / microfiber DINAMICA black in 3-spoke design
- AMG instrument cluster with 13.97 cm (5.5 ') large multifunctional display in TFT technology and AMG main menu incl. RACETIMER and red inserts
- AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch on the center console to select the five driving programs 'Individual', 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport +' and 'Race'
- AMG door sill panels illuminated in white in front LED technology
- AMG-specific displays in the instrument cluster, on the monitor screen of the head unit and the optional Head-up display
- AMG-specific door center panels in ARTICO man-made leather trim in black with crystal gray
- AMG sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs
- Floor mats in black with 'AMG' lettering
- Headliner in black cloth
- Instrument panel upper part and curbs in ARTICO man-made leather with contrasting stitching in gray crystal
- Sports seats with improved lateral support, AMG-specific seat fluting and AMG badge in the front seat backrests
- Upholstery leather ARTICO / DINAMICA microfibre black with contrasting topstitching in gray crystal consisting of
- Seats with side bolsters in leather black ARTICO man with black trim in crystal gray and seat center panels in microfiber DINAMICA
- designo seat belts crystal gray
- Aluminum trim with longitudinal cut light
- AMG rear apron with three diffuser fins and trim strip in matt silver iridium
- AMG high-performance composite brake system
- AMG light-alloy wheels in 5-twin-spoke design
- AMG bonnet with power domes
- AMG fender with 'V8 BITURBO' logo on front
- AMG radiator grille with double blade in silver chrome and 'AMG' lettering
- AMG side sill panels with inserts in iridium silver matt
- AMG front apron with front splitter and A-Wing in high gloss black, trim strip A-Wing in iridium silver matt and large air inlets with black flics for additional guidance of the cooling air flows
- AMG sports exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipes switchable aperture
- LED High Performance headlamps
The new C 63 cars will hit European showrooms from February next year, with an Australian debut to occur in the middle of 2015.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed that at the very least we will see the C 63 S here, while the regular C 63 is yet to be confirmed.
Watch for the C 63 to debut at next month's Paris Motor Show.