After a leak and a mild tease, Mercedes-AMG has finally unveiled the 2017 C63 Coupe. The miniature S-Class Coupe lookalike features all the stunning and sexy lines of its big brother all packed into a more compact footprint. But its awesome lines only tell a small piece of the story that makes up the all-new C63.
The C63 Coupe takes the look of the standard C-Class Coupe and cranks it to 11 with all sorts of styling upgrades. The first task at hand was to make room for the wider front and rear tracks, so Mercedes-AMG went to work installing new front and rear fenders that are 2.51 and 2.59 inches wider, respectively. Other styling changes include a powerdome hood, large air intakes on the apron, a twin-blade grille, a lip spoiler, and “aero flics” up front.
Down the sides, you’ll notice unique skirts and larger wheels giving the C63 a look all its own. Mercedes didn’t specify the size of the wheels, but a quick zoom on the images reveal that these are 20-inch rollers.
Around back, the changes continue with a new bumper and diffuser, integrated AMG exhaust tips, air outlets to eliminate turbulent air, and a small trunk-lid spoiler for a touch of downforce.
The cabin of the C63 is out-of-this-world awesome, as it carefully blends luxury with intensity. Just looking at the images makes me want to grab the wheel and give this mighty coupe the thrashing it deserves. In here you will find ARTICO and microfiber DINAMICA sport seats, and plenty of AMG-specific controls. Also available are optional performance seats (pictured), which add extra bolstering for a firm grip in the corners.
Okay, enough beating around the bush. Let’s talk about the greasy bits that everyone is craving to learn more about. Under the hood of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 is the same 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 as the four-door C63. This engine comes in two states of tune with the standard C63’s version producing 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, and the C63 S’ 4.0-liter spitting out 503 ponies and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Both the C63 and the C63 S come standard with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed sport transmission that tosses the power to a limited-slip rear diff with three-stage ESP. This transmission comes with paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel for those who like to row their own.
On top of looking sportier than their sedan siblings, the C63 and C63 S Coupes are both slightly quicker than their four-door counterparts. The C63 Coupe sprints to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and the S-Model does the same sprint in 3.8 seconds, making each model 0.1 seconds quicker than the sedans. The C63 tops out at 155 mph while the S-Model pegs out at 180 mph.
Quickness is great, but agility is what wins races, and the C63 has plenty of that too. Under the sexy shell is a redesigned suspension with a four-link front setup with upgraded brake connections and steering knuckles. The coupe’s independent rear suspension is unique as the contact surfaces of its wheel bearings are roughly an inch farther toward the outside than in the sedan. Rounding out this taught suspension is AMG RIDE CONTROL, which allows the driver to adjust dampening for sport or comfort.
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S will hit dealerships in the summer of 2016. Stay tuned for pricing details in the near future.