Pre-facelift W204 C63 AMG…

We saw the W204 C-Class get its mid-life facelift in December last year, and shortly after that Mercedes-Benz pushed off the latest special edition pre-facelifted high performance version of the W204 – the C63 AMG Affalterbach Edition (Affalterbach is AMG’s base in southern Germany), only 30 to be made and to be sold in Canada only.

… and this is the facelift! Which do you prefer?

And just unveiled today is the new W204 C63 AMG facelift. It’s become more toned down and less aggressive compared to the pre-facelift C63 AMG, mainly because the extra bulges on the engine hood is now gone (compare with the pre-facelift W204 in the first image).

The grille that shows off the large silver arrow now has a single horizontal chrome line instead of the double line of the pre-facelift W204 AMG car. And of course those round fogs have been replaced with LED daytime running lights.

The engine bay houses the same 6.2 litre V8 making 451 horsepower in stock form, but the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic gearbox has now been replaced by the 7-speed MCT version of the gearbox, which is still pretty much constructed like an automatic gearbox but uses a computer actuated clutch instead of a torque converter. It’s no slouch in shift speed, and does little tricks like throttle blipping for downshifts to keep the drive sporty.

The chassis has been revised with new suspension stabilizers and thicker anti-roll bars. Fuel consumption is said to be 10% better than the pre-facelift thanks to the switch to the MCT transmission and a new power steering pump that is more efficient.

Also available is an AMG Performance Package that brings power output up by 30 horsepower, and being a normally aspirated engine it’s not as simple as tweaking the boost on a turbocharged engine. You have to earn that 30 horses via a lighter crankshaft as well as forged pistons and conrods which are included in the AMG Performance Package.

To complete the kit, the AMG upgrade package adds red-painted brake calipers, a carbon fiber bootlid spoiler and an AMG performance steering wheel in a combination nappa leather and Alcantara.

This 6.2L V8 could likely be replaced by the downsized turbocharged 5.5L V8 in the next incarnation of the C-Class so this is going to be the biggest engined C-Class you’re going to get!