Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé (C 205) 2015

This is it, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe. Now we have official facts and figures of this beautiful coupe. AMG says the all-new model is the next step in terms of technical and visual distinctiveness, with flared front and rear wheel arches, increased track width, and larger wheels. It’s muscular yet agile.

The C63 AMG Coupe is powered by a 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine with two engine outputs, either 476 hp and 650 Nm for the “standard” C 63 Coupe or 510 hp and 700 Nm for the C63 S Coupe. The more powerful variant accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, while the base model is slower by just 0.1 seconds. Top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited, 290 km/h with the optional AMG Driver’s Package).

This V8 is already in use in the C 63 Saloon, C 63 Estate, and the AMG GT sports car, albeit with a dry sump lubrication layout. Like in the other models, it’s matched to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed sports transmission. AMG says that its V8 engine sound was a key development goal, and it was tailored to the Coupe. An optional Performance exhaust system is also available, which allows the sound to be modulated at the press of a button.

The C 63 Coupé also gets a completely redesigned suspension system. A four-link front suspension with radial, racing-style brake connections is used. It also has the AMG Ride Control suspension with electronically-controlled shock absorbers, AMG Dynamic Select with four transmission modes, a rear-axle limited-slip differential as well as dynamic engine mounts.

For improved traction and vehicle dynamics, the C 63 coupe is provided with a mechanical rear-axle limited-slip differential, while the C 63 S coupe comes with an electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential. The benefit of the electronic system, AMG says, is the more sensitive and faster control, which further raises the critical limit of driveability.

Increased track width on the front and rear axles called for a redesigned front end and a model-specific rear assembly as well. The flared wheelarches make the AMG Coupe 64 mm wider at the front and 66 mm wider at the rear. Tyres measure in at 255 mm-wide at the front, and 285 mm at the rear, wrapped around standard 18-inch light alloy wheels on the base car, and 19-inchers on the C 63 S Coupe.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé (C 205) 2015

The aluminium bonnet is also 60 mm longer, and has two distinctive power domes, reminiscent of the pre-facelift W204 C 63 AMG. The front section has large air inlets and air flics, while the low, arrow-shaped “twin blade” radiator grille with AMG lettering adds a visual cue to the vehicle’s lower centre of gravity. The flics ensure optimal air flow to the cooling modules, and the front splitter helps to reduce front-axle lift.

Meanwhile, the rear diffuser is inspired by the S-Class Coupe, with its laterally positioned optical air outlet that improves the rear air flow. Its narrow rear reflectors, two chrome-plated twin tailpipes of the AMG exhaust system are also perfectly integrated into the diffuser. Capping it off, is the boot lid which has a narrow spoiler lip in the form of a sharp blade – an elegant but functional attribute that reduces rear axle lift.

When it comes to the interior, Mercedes-Benz did not scrimp on anything. The sports seats come with Artico/microfibre man-made leather as standard, and AMG Performance Seats are also available. Obviously, carefully selected, high-grade materials are liberally used in the cabin too.