Mercedes-Benz seems to be chucking out new AMG models at present. We’ve literally just seen the new Mercedes-AMG GT supercar, preceded by the S 65 AMG coupé earlier in the year. Now there’s the all-new Mercedes-AMG C 63 saloon and estate.
Yes, the eagle-eyed may have spotted a slight change in name. No longer is it the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG; Stuttgart has decided to push Mercedes-AMG as sub-brand in its own right now. So, new name, same huge thumping naturally aspirated V8 engine?
Nope; that’s changed too. Gone is the 6.2 litre M156 engine, replaced with an all-new 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged M177 unit that Mercedes claims to be some 32% more efficient than the old one. Power is up, with 476 bhp in regular trim or 510 bhp in ‘S’ specification, matched with torque of 479 lb-ft or 516 lb-ft respectively. That’s a substantial hike in twist from the 443 lb-ft found in the previous generation car. Still present is the 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT transmission, albeit in a heavily revised format.
As you would expect, performance is suitably devastating for small saloon. 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds (4.2 for the estate) in normal specification, with the ‘S’ model dropping that to 4 seconds dead for the four-door and 4.1 for the estate. Top speed is, of course, electronically limited to 155 mph.
Almost as impressive is the fact that the C 63 has an official combined mpg of 34.5 in saloon format, and 33.6 for the slightly heavier estate. For comparison, the outgoing model was rated with an official combined figure of just 21.1 mpg! C02 emissions have also reduced from 319 g/km to less than 200g/km; 192 and 196 for saloon and estate respectively. Mercedes are clearly not lying about improved efficiency.
Three-stage adjustable suspension dampers are electronically controlled via the AMG RIDE CONTROL, with settings ranging from comfort to track. A mechanical locking rear differential is fitted as standard, with an electronic version for the ‘S’ version. The ‘S’ also gains 19″ alloy wheels over the regular cars 18″ ones, whilst both make use of 390mm front and 360mm rear disc brakes. A carbon-ceramic setup is available as an option.
External modifications are relatively subtle, with new front bumpers, a unique AMG grille and power domed bonnet most obvious. The front wings are also wider to accommodate the wider track of the front suspension. At the rear is a modified bumper, with cut outs fro the new quad exhaust pipes. New AMG dials, a smaller AMG specific steering wheel and deeply contoured seats round off the changes inside.
Prices are set to be announced next month, when orders also begin, with the first deliveries expected in Spring 2015.