Following the release of the all-new 2015 C-Class, we all knew that a new AMG-tuned C-Class was on the way. And today we finally received all of the important information on the mighty compact sedan with its new look, new engine and revised naming scheme. The first topic is the modification of the AMG naming system that removes the “Benz” name and shifts the “AMG” name into its place, giving us the Mercedes-AMG C63.
The Mercedes-AMG C63 is available in a pair of guises, its base model and an S version. The base model carries a 4.0-liter, biturbo, AMG-massaged engine that produces 469 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,250 rpm and 479 pound feet of torque from 1,750 to 4,500 revs. The C63 S carries the same engine, but AMG pushed it to 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Both models feature AMG’s fast-shifting SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed sport transmission with three drive programs, “Controlled Efficiency,” “Sport” and “Sport +.” The C63 S gains a “Race” drive mode, which you can imagine is a little on the harsh side.
With these greasy bits in tow, the C63 sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in jus t 4.1 seconds, while the C63 S does the same in four seconds. Both models are limited to a top speed of 155 mph. In Europe there are also an estate (station wagon) versions of the C63 and C63 S, and they take 0.1 seconds longer than their sedan counterparts to hit 100 km/h.
For buyers who pick up the C63 S, there is also a performance exhaust system available at an added cost. This exhaust system uses a valve to free or restrict the noise base on the drive mode the driver chooses. So, in “Race” mode, the exhaust is super throaty, whereas in “Controlled Efficiency” mode it is less obnoxious.
In typical AMG fashion, there are tons of upgrades to the C-Class inside and out. The outward modifications include a set of 18-inch wheels on the base C63 and 19-inch rollers on the C63 S, 0.55-inch wider front fenders, power domes on the hood, a three-dimensional “A-wing,” an aggressive rear diffuser with three fins, and chrome planted dual exhaust. Inside the cabin, this AMG model gains black ARTICO manmade leather on the dashboard with Crystal Grey stitching, an IWC-design analogue clock, a three-spoke performance steering wheel, and sport seats wrapped in MB-Tex and DINAMICA microfiber.
Mercedes has yet to reveal the 2015 C63’s pricing, but both the C63 and the C63 S will hit the market in March 2015.