There is some serious power to be had in here. This is the just-launched Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé and it has a massive 6.3 litre V8 engine armed with the AMG Performance package that produces 487 hp and 600 Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 280 km/h.
Since it inherits the SLS AMG’s bag of tricks, the C 63 AMG’s engine has forged pistons, connecting rods and lightweight crankshafts that shave three kilograms in weight. To visually differentiate the stock 6.3 litre V8 (this standard engine has 30 hp less without the AMG Performance pack), the engine features a variable intake manifold in titanium grey.
The AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed is tasked with transmission duties. The gearbox uses a compact, wet start-off clutch rather than relying on a standard torque converter.
There are four settings for the transmission. ‘C’, for Controlled Efficiency, provides earlier upshifts, lowest possible engine speed and a softer accelerator pedal. Three other settings come after ‘C’, they are ‘S’, ‘S+’ and ‘M’. Modes ‘S+’ and ‘M’ shifts gears in just 100 milliseconds. Race Start mode lets the driver squeeze out maximum acceleration.
The C 63 AMG rides on specifically designed three-link front suspension, reinforced multi-link independent rear suspension and a wider track all around. The list continues with a stiffer elastokinematics, the autonomous axle kinematics with negative all-round camber and stabilisers with a larger cross-section for better responsiveness and greater lateral acceleration. Spring and damper rates have been modified to optimise ride comfort without culling responsive handling characteristics.
The driver can also influence handling with the three-stage ESP – ESP On, ESP Off or ESP Sport Handling Mode. Stopping power comes from an AMG high-performance braking system that consist of internally ventilated and perforated brake discs on all wheels, highlighted by red painted brake calipers all round.
The Coupé gets all of AMG’s styling cues. The front section is made visually sharper with the AMG front apron that includes lower cross-struts finished in high-gloss black and LED daytime driving lamps specially created for AMG. Also in front is the new wing-shaped grille and powerdomes on the aluminium bonnet.
As for the rear, the C 63 gets an AMG rear apron complete with a black diffuser and three diffuser fins. Flanking those are a pair of chromed twin tailpipes that make up the AMG sports exhaust system.
Inside, the Coupé shares the CLS 63 AMG’s parts such as the instrument panel with integrated screen, as well as the AMG Performance steering wheel, which features nappa leather and Alcantara grip areas. AMG sport seats can also be found inside.
Adding to the long list are things from the AMG Performance Studio catalog. They include the AMG Exterior Carbon Fibre package, AMG rear axle differential lock, AMG trim elements in carbon fibre/high-gloss black piano lacquer and AMG floor mats.
Mercedes-Benz also bestowed the C 63 with COMAND Online that enables Internet browsing when the car is stationary. COMAND also comes with sat-nav that shows four routes with one being the economical route. It also allows you to record and repeat the route that the car has travelled. These destinations can then be saved and imported via an SD card.
In terms of safety, the C 63 comes standard with seven airbags, belt tensioners and belt-force limiters for all seats. It also has Attention Assist that detects drowsiness, ABS, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, ESP, headlamp assist, Intelligent Light System ILS, Parktronic including Parking Guidance, Pre-Safe, Lane Keeping Assist, cruise control with Speedtronic variable speed limiter and blind spot assist.
It is safe to say that this coupe comes armed to the teeth with parts from the AMG catalog. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is asking RM781,888 (on-the-road without insurance) for it. You can also request for a C 63 without the AMG Performance package.