Some could say that it is human nature to crave power. No matter how much power we get, we always seem to want more even if we know it might not be good for us. Luckily in some cases more power is always a good thing. Lets take the Mercedes Benz C63 AMG for instance. It is practically forged from a solid block of German imported awesome. With 451hp the C63 AMG can definitely hold its own against some of the most powerful competitors in its segment. However, this does not seem to be enough for the guys at Mercedes Benz so at the Geneva Auto Show this year they will bring the C63 AMG “Edition 507″ with them.
What does “Edition 507″ mean? It literally means that this limited edition C63 will come with a 56hp boost which would bring the grand total to? You guessed it: 507! The next question is “how did they increase the power that much on a naturally aspirated engine without increasing displacement?” The engineers started off by using forged pistons, connecting rods, and a lightened crankshaft (similar to those used in the SLS AMG). By using lighter internals they saved a little over 6 lbs. After things were shored up internally they re-worked the ECU allowing the M156 engine to breathe deeper, thus making more power.
To help bring all the extra power to a stop is a new braking system complete with “compound” discs. I am not exactly sure what they mean by “compound” but given the context I will cautiously assume they are better than your average steel brakes but not quite on the same level of carbon-ceramic dics. I could be wrong but for now that’s the story I am sticking to! Anyhow, the new compound discs are clamped on by 6 piston calipers in the front and 4 piston calipers in the back.
The power boost and weird brake discs are great but the Edition 507 is more than just a C63 AMG with more horses; its pretty too! The Edition 507 gets the same vented hood as the C63 AMG Black Series. It also gets a set of exclusive shoes in the form of forged 19 inch aluminum wheels. The wheels can be had in a titanium grey finish or matte black with gloss lip. If potential buyers really want to set themselves apart they can spring for the optional designo magno platinum matte finish paint.
Finally, the interior gets fancied up with three different designo leather options, alcantara wrapped steering wheel, an AMG instrument cluster with piano black lacquer trim and a “Edition 507″ plaque, just in case your passengers need to be reminded how exclusive your ride is. All in all the Edition 507 makes for a pretty awesome package and the good news is that the U.S. will actually get this one! No word on the price yet but Edition 507 will hit state side dealerships this Summer. Hopefully I can sneek into a press drive!
MONTVALE, NJ – The C63 AMG models are becoming even more aggressive with the addition of a newly developed “Edition 507″. The output of the AMG 6.3 liter V8 engine has been increased by 56 hp, bringing the output to 507 hp with 450 lb.-ft. of torque. The model year 2014 C63 AMG “Edition 507” uses much of the same technology as the SLS AMG: the eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine features forged pistons, connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft as seen on the super sports car. An AMG high-performance compound construction braking system with red brake calipers is fitted as standard. The C63 AMG “Edition 507″ will be available in the Summer of 2013 and is designed to appeal to ambitious drivers who take pleasure in best-in-class technology as well as exclusive design and sporty handling.
The C63 AMG “Edition 507″ coupe and sedan produces 507 hp and accelerates from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. This new model outperforms the existing 451 hp C63 model by three-tenths of a second, and the variants with the AMG Development Package which produce 481 hp by two-tenths of a second. In addition to an increase in top speed to 174 mph, the “Edition 507” also includes a voucher for a driver training session at the AMG Driving Academy. According to Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “The C 63 AMG with the classic AMG 6.3-litre high-revving V8 naturally aspirated engine is one of the most popular AMG high-performance cars in the world. With the new C 63 AMG “Edition 507″, we are offering our loyal customers an attractive model variant which boasts even higher performance and at the same time is visually exciting.”
C63 AMG “Edition 507″ featuring technology from the SLS AMG
The increase in power output to 507 hp at 6800 rpm comes courtesy of the modified inner workings of the AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine. The forged pistons adopted from the SLS AMG, together with new connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft, translate into a weight saving of 6.6 lbs. The reduction of rotational mass inertia improves the agility of the eight-cylinder M156 naturally aspirated engine. The maximum torque has also increased by 7 lb.-ft., jumping from 443 lb.-ft. to 450 lb.-ft. at 5200 rpm. The titanium grey-painted variable intake manifold is a characteristic feature of the updated V8 engine. A new engine control system rounds off the series of implemented powertrain measures.
The exterior of the C63 AMG “Edition 507″ is characterized by exclusive new design features. Most notable of the features is the hood – it originates from the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series. Two openings in the distinctive aluminum hood help with expelling engine heat. Newly designed AMG light-alloy forged wheels with 235/35 R 19 front tires and 255/30 R 19 rear tires are another exclusive feature of the “Edition 507″. The AMG light-alloy wheels are produced using lightweight forging technology and are available in two variants: titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, or matte black with highsheen rim flanges. An AMG sports stripe appliqué in matte graphite grey have been located above the rocker panels and are yet another new feature of the exterior. The spoiler lip on the trunk lid, the exterior mirror housings as well as the Page 3 surrounds on the radiator grille and daytime running lights are all finished in high-gloss black. Available as an option for the C63 AMG “Edition 507″ is an exclusive designo magno platinum matte finish paint.
AMG high-performance braking system featuring compound technology
As standard, the C63 AMG “Edition 507″ comes with an even more powerful AMG high-performance braking system featuring compound construction technology. The front axle makes use of compound brake discs measuring 14.2 in. x 1.4 in. The advantages of the compound design include higher fatigue strength and lower warping characteristics. In addition, compound construction discs are lighter in weight and the reduced unsprung masses improve the response of the spring/damping elements. With compound construction, the brake discs are connected to an aluminum bowl via eight cast bracket arms. The brake discs are ventilated and perforated all around and are decelerated by means of 6-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle and 4-piston fixed calipers on the rear axle. The brake calipers are painted red as standard fitment.
“Edition 507″ interior: even more dynamic and exclusive
The sporty yet functional interior of the C63 AMG is even more dynamic and exclusive in the case of the “Edition 507″. Three different equipment and options are available to choose from: porcelain designo leather/DINAMICA, black designo leather/DINAMICA and black designo leather. In the case of the designo leather/DINAMICA upholstery, light-colored contrast stitching makes for an attractive highlight. The AMG Performance steering wheel in Alcantara® with light-colored contrasting stitching has a 12-o’clock marking. The gear selector lever of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission is finished in DINAMICA and features an AMG badge. The steering wheel and gear selector lever gaiter also have light-colored contrast stitching.
In the AMG instrument cluster, red applications to the dials serve to visually differentiate this variant from the other C63 AMG models. The trim is done in high-gloss black piano lacquer and the “Edition 507″ badge on the trim on the front passenger side round off the high-quality, exclusive interior.
Optional extras include:
AMG illuminated door rocker panels
AMG rear axle locking differential
AMG 5-spoke light-alloy forged wheels, painted in titanium grey and with a
high-sheen finish, with tires in sizes 235/40 R 18 (front) and 255/35 R 18 (rear)
AMG Performance Media
AMG carbon-fiber/high gloss black piano lacquer-look trim
Exterior designo magno platinum matte finish paint; four other exterior paint colors will be available from the existing C63 AMG palette.
The C63 AMG “Edition 507″ will be celebrating its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, which will be opening its doors on March 5, 2013. The model’s sales and market launch in the U.S. is planned for the Summer of 2013.
Pricing will be announced closer to the market launch. The C63 AMG “Edition 507” coupe and sedan replace the existing AMG Development Package for MY2014, and will be sold in the U.S. in addition to the existing C63 AMG coupe and sedan with 451 hp.
Remember that episode of Top Gear USA when Tanner, Rutledge, and Adam tried to see if any one of their supercars could beat a golf ball hit by a professional down a runway? Well, Mercedes Benz decided to try the same stunt only their goal was a bit different. Instead of trying to beat the golf ball they wanted to see if they could catch it. Yes, catch a freaking speeding flying golf ball. How were they going to pull this off? Well first thing is first they were going to need a drop top to provide a landing area for the ball, and secondly they needed a car fast enough for the task; Enter the SLS AMG Roadster!
Ok, now that they figured out what type of car to use who could they find that would be craz-stupi-err-”brave” enough to risk getting hit by a heavy object while driving a car at a very high rate of speed? None other than former Formula 1 ace David Coultard, that’s who! Now, believe it or not, a stunt like this has already been done and it was made official by the good folks at Guinness. The record is based on distance i.e. how far the ball goes before it is caught. Which means to break this distance record they needed someone who could really put some sauce on the ball so Mercedes called up pro-golfer Jake Shepard to take the swing.
Did Merecedes, Coultard, and Shepard pull it off? Did they break the record? Their world record attempt can be seen in the video below.
Now, in case you think what you just saw was hollywood trickery there is a making-of video below that shows exactly how they managed to pull this off in a 100% legit manner thanks in part to many on-car camaras with very creative mounting rigs.
Usually I like to post cars that people can actually buy, making exceptions for concept cars but this post is purely for “pr0n” purposes. Behold the Mercedes Benz C 63 Coupe Black Series Safety Car for the DTM racing series. Something about adding flashing orange lights to a muscluar German car seems to make it so much cooler! Imagine this thing as a police car! So many awesome possibilities… Anyhow this is the beast that keeps the fire-breathing DTM cars in check when there is an on track incident. Are DTM cars so fast that a C63 Black Series is the only car capiable of leading them around a full-course-yellow? Perhaps not. Although, who would argue? Besides, what says “Safety” more than a 517hp V8?
I really like the Mercedes SLS AMG. I also really like the Mercedes SLS AMG roadster. In stock form I think both cars are great, awesome even. Which is why I am torn by what HAMANN did with it in their new “HAWK” tuning package which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show a short while back. While I am a die-hard proponent of the aftermarket, there are some cars that I think should just be left alone for the most part. The SLS AMG is one of those cars in my opinion. However, despite its busy nature (non functional vents, etc) I actually find myself becoming a fan of this package. The wheels look great and the aero package really does lend itself to the original lines of the car. The red carbon fiber in the interior is a bit much but I think I like the exterior treatment. I also give credit to HAMANN for boosting power a bit by including a re-worked chip and exhaust system in their tuning package. What do you think of the “HAWK”?
Just when you thought Mercedes Benz was done with the C-Class after building the C63 AMG, they come out of no where and hit you over the head with the new AMG C63 Black Series! I have to say it is good to see a black series badge back where it belongs. The SL Black Series was cool but I think all of us wanted to see the title eventually come back home to the C-Class. By now you are probably asking yourself what makes the new C63 Black Series different from the “regular” AMG C63 coupe.
The first and most obvious difference is right there on the surface. As you cruise through the pictures below you will see the C63 AMG Black Series sports a very aggressive wide-body treatment inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 customer race car. The next major difference is under the hood. While the previous AMG C63 Coupe was pushing 481 horsepower, the output in the new Black Series is bumped up to 510 horsepower. Like the C63 coupe the Black Series uses the same internals from the SLS AMG but where the engines differ is in the ECU which was tweaked by AMG to deliver more grunt in the Black Series. Another major difference is the addition of a new AMG “rear axel differential lock” AKA active differential. The AMG differential will constantly read wheel speed and torque to make sure power is split exactly the way you need it to be split when the C63 Black Series is carving corners. To make sure the differential wont fail AMG added a stand alone cooling system just for the unit that is integrated into the rear diffuser. All those tech goodies should add up to long and happy track day excursions for anyone who is lucky enough to get their hands on the new Black Series.
So far there is no information about the production number or MSRP but I would expect the first number to be low and the second one to be really high! What we do know is that the new Black Series is set to make its U.S. debut in “early 2012″. That means if you are not reading this post on your smart phone at your local Mercedes dealership you are probably too late to order one for yourself!
Spectacular design, technology transferred from the world of motorsport and the very best in driving dynamics; the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series represents the new AMG brand claim, Driving Performance, like no other AMG model. The new high-performance vehicle is the most powerful C-Class of all time, boasting a maximum output of 510 hp and a maximum torque of 457 lb-ft. The high-revving AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine delivers stunning pulling power and exceptional performance – the 2012 C63 AMG Coupe Black Series accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (all data provisional).
The driving experience is further enhanced by the adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension, AMG high-performance composite (two-piece) braking system and superb functionality of the standard equipment. The AMG Track package with ultra high-performance tires and active cooling for the rear axle drive unit is available as an option for even better dynamics, while the AMG Aerodynamics package includes exterior winglets and an adjustable carbon-fiber rear spoiler.
Wide, low-slung, muscular and ready to pounce – the 2012 C63 AMG Coupe Black Series cuts an impressive figure. From the very first glance, it is abundantly clear that the C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriesis made for spirited driving on a closed track. Visually reminiscent of the SLS AMG GT3 customer race car, the new high-performance vehicle stands clearly for technology adopted from motorsport – something that has been a core philosophy of Mercedes-AMG GmbH for 44 years.
With its new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, AMG is presenting an exciting sports car for enthusiasts with a passion for performance cars that are big on horsepower – it also marks the impressive continuation of the Black Series strategy, which began back in 2006. AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz Cars, is once again showcasing its expertise in the design and development of emotion-packed, high-performance cars.
“AMG has its roots in international motorsport. The new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series showcases the ongoing transfer of technology from the race track to the road. Great success in the DTM, the customer sport program featuring the SLS AMG GT3 and our commitment to Formula 1, where we have been providing the Official F1™ Safety Car and the Official F1™ Medical Car for the past 15 years, are an ongoing source of inspiration for our engineers and technicians. The C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriesembodies the new AMG brand claim, Driving Performance, like no other AMG model”, comments Ola KŠllenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Key data at a glance:
C63 AMG Coupe Black Series
Bore x stroke
4.02 x 3.72 in
11.3 : 1
510 hp at 6,800 rpm
457 lb-ft 5,200 rpm
Engine weight (dry)
Acceleration 0-60 mph
* All data preliminary
Arrow-shaped front end with large air intakes
Whichever way you look at it, the new C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriesproudly displays its motorsports ties. The arrow-shaped front end with the central Mercedes star in the radiator grille is the visual expression of its forceful forward thrust. The air intakes in the distinctive front valance direct a continuous air flow through the large cooling modules, while two openings in the aluminum hood aid the outflow of heat from the engine. The angled struts in the front skirt emphasize the vehicle’s width and the black front splitter beneath provides aerodynamic balance.
The distinctive design continues through to the side view. The newly developed front axle with wider track is accommodated by new fenders, extended by 2.2inches. “6.3″ badges indicate the sheer power of the large-displacement, eight-cylinder, high-revving, naturally aspirated engine beneath the hood. The impression of air outlets behind the wheel arches is evocative of powerful racing cars, while the newly designed AMG sills bear black trim elements that continue the visual of the front splitter. The rear fenders have also been widened by 3.3inches to house the track of the rear axle. Virtual air vents ahead of the rear wheels complete the picture.
Mighty 255/35 R 19 and 285/30 R 19 wheels grace the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series at market launch. Mounted on 9 x 19 (front) and 9.5 x 19 (rear) AMG alloys, the wheel/tire combination fills out the fenders to stunning effect and has a significant impact on the dynamic appearance of this new AMG sports car.
Painted in titanium gray, the polished alloy wheels are made using extremely lightweight forging technology – as on the SLS AMG. Compared with conventional wheels, these forged wheels are a total of 24.2 pounds lighter overall. The lower weight results in reduced unsprung masses, which improves both suspension characteristics and steering precision.
Broad rear end with diffuser insert
The rear of the Black Series coupe also underlines its performance potential. The new rear valance with its distinctive black diffuser insert creates visual breadth. Similar to the SLS AMG GT3, it extends beyond the profile of the rear valance. The black mesh on the upper edge of the diffuser insert is just as much of an eye-catcher as the AMG sports exhaust. Both of the chromed twin tailpipes integrated into the rear valance feature an angular cross-section. The spoiler lip on the trunk lid is painted in body color and reduces lift at the rear axle, resulting in greater stability at high speeds. The AMG logo with its discreet “Black Series” lettering is reserved exclusively for the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series.
Engine with high-tech components from SLS AMG
A displacement of 6.3 liters, a maximum output of 510 hp and torque of 457 lb-ft from eight cylinders – one glance at the technical data and it’s clear that the technology behind the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is every bit a match for its sensational appearance. The high-torque M156 naturally aspirated engine was fine-tuned specifically for the new two-door model. Its forged pistons, connecting rods and lightweight crankshaft all come directly from the SLS AMG and are complemented by a new engine control unit. As a result, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes just 4.2 seconds (all data preliminary).
High revving, agile road manners and phenomenal pulling power – the qualities of the large-displacement AMG high-speed naturally aspirated engine are every driver’s dream. The jewel in the crown is the inspiring AMG eight-cylinder sound from the AMG sports exhaust system.
The optimized engine oil cooling delivers more performance even under harsh race-track conditions. With the aid of components from the SLS AMG, engineers added 50 percent to the cooling surface of the oil cooler. Power transmission is handled by the highly acclaimed, innovative AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports gearbox. Four transmission modes, the rev-matching function and RACE START deliver maximum driving fun and a high degree of versatility. In the “Sport plus” and “Manual” modes gear shift takes a mere 100 milliseconds.
AMG coil-over sports suspension with an AMG rear-axle differential lock
The AMG sports suspension is a sophisticated new development. Conceived as a coil-over suspension — as is the norm in motorsport and a typical feature of Black Series models — it offers a range of setting options, and allows the driver to create an individual set-up. Track has been widened by 1.57 inches (front) and 3.11 inches (rear). In conjunction with modified anti-roll bars, the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series delivers impressive dynamics, tenacious grip and minimal body roll. The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering facilitates superb vehicle control, with modified mapping of the power assistance for maximum steering precision.
The AMG rear-axle differential lock is standard equipment and responsible for reliable traction, especially under race track conditions. The 3-phase ESP®is the ideal solution for all driving situations – using the ESP®button, the driver can choose from “ESP ON”, “Sport Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF”. As a result of the increased dynamics the AMG high-performance brake system and the anti-lock functionality was reprogrammed. The larger braking system features discs with race-proven composite (two-piece) technology at the front (15.35 x 1.42 inches) and integral discs at the rear (14.17 x 1.02 inches). Red-painted six-piston fixed calipers at the front and four-piston fixed calipers at the rear provide reliable stopping power to the perforated, fade-resistant rotors, which are ventilated at all four corners.
Interior with a functional motorsport atmosphere
The inspiring high-tech components and the spectacular exterior design both find their logical continuation in the interior of the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series. Finished in black with red accents, the interior of the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series displays the functional atmosphere of a true race car combined with outstanding quality and meticulously crafted details. Two AMG sport seats provide the best levels of lateral support and thus optimum vehicle control on the race track. The black DINAMICA microfiber upholstery on the center panels of the seats and doors is a new type of synthetic fiber characterized by its high fade resistance. The omission of the rear bench underlines the vehicle’s sporty character and reduces its weight. The C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriesis also available as a four-seater incorporating the AMG sports seats familiar from the C63 AMG Coupe, with individual seats for the rear.
The AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber with its rim flattened top and bottom features aluminum shift paddles for manual gear shifting. Red seat belts and red contrasting topstitching on the steering wheel, seats, door trim, door armrests, center console and shift lever add eye-catching accents. An exclusive “Black Series” logo adorns the trim on the dashboard, which is finished in high-gloss black piano lacquer. The dashboard with separate dials has a three-dimensional TFT color screen, which displays the AMG logo when the vehicle door is opened. Integrated into the AMG main menu are display options for engine oil temperature, ESP® mode and gear selection. The rotary control for the C, S, S+ and M transmission modes and RACE START is located on the center console next to the selector lever, which is finished in DINAMICA microfiber.
The C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriesis clear proof that outstanding dynamics and excellent active and passive safety need not be mutually exclusive. Airbags, belt tensioners and belt-force limiters for all seats are part of the standard equipment, as are the ABS anti-lock braking system, the 3-stage ESP®, the tire pressure monitoring system and electronic cruise control.
AMG Track package and AMG Aerodynamics package
AMG has two special packages to offer for even further enhanced dynamics. The AMG Track package comprises 255/35 R 19 front and 285/30 R 19 rear sports tires from Dunlop. They were developed exclusively for the C63 AMG Coupé Black Series and dramatically increase grip. Active cooling on the rear-axle drive unit improves performance under tough race-track conditions. Its cooling module is located in front of the diffuser insert in the rear valance for optimum airflow.
The AMG Aerodynamics package includes exterior winglets made from genuine carbon-fiber on the front valance. There is also a fixed carbon-fiber spoiler at the rear with adjustable aerofoil. Both components not only increase the downforce at the front and rear axle, they also optimize the vehicle’s aerodynamic balance.
The C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriescelebrates its world premiere at the Formula 1 German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring (July 23 – 24, 2011). U.S. market launch will follow in early 2012.
I knew it was coming. Mercedes Benz chopped the two rear doors off the C63 AMG sedan and have produced a coupe. For the most part the specs are the same as the sedan although I imagine that there is slightly less weight on board with two doors missing. The important part is that you still get the same 451HP 6.3 V8 that comes with the sedan. You also still have the option of getting the AMG “Development package” that pumps power up to 481 and tightens up the suspension. There isn’t an MSRP announced for the coupe yet but I would expect it to start around $55k. I imagine will find out for sure when we get closer to the September sale date. In the meantime I am going to pretend I own the car in the pictures below.
The new 2012 C63 AMG Coupe designed by Mercedes-AMG combines distinctive design with a powerful drivetrain and dynamic handling. The new coupe joins the successful C63 AMG Sedan as well as the AMG family of coupes which includes the CLS63 AMG and the CL63AMG. The new coupe makes its U.S. showroom debut in September 2011.
The AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine in the C63 AMG Coupe delivers a maximum output of 451 hp and peak torque of 443 lb-ft. Reflecting its outstanding performance, the coupe is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). With these specifications, the new two-door vehicle is poised to take the lead in its segment.
The new coupe shares all the technology updates from the 2012 C63 AMG Sedan and features the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with standard “Controlled Efficiency” mode, and a new power steering pump that helps to reduce fuel consumption.
AMG Development Package for a maximum output of 481 hp
This reduction in fuel consumption also applies to the C63 Coupe when equipped with the AMG Development Package which generates 481 hp. This optional package improves acceleration from 0 to 60 mph to 4.3 seconds thanks to technology transferred from the SLS AMG. The forged pistons, connectin grods and lightweight crankshaft adopted from the gullwing model’s high-tech drive system save 6.6 pounds in weight. This reduces rotational inertia and enhances the agility and responsiveness of the high-revving, eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. Top speed increases as well to 174 mph (electronically limited). Visually, the AMG performance package can be identified by the variable intake manifold finished in titanium grey under the hood, the AMG high-performance braking system with two-piece front rotors and red painted brake calipers, the carbon fiber trunk lid spoiler and the AMG performance steering wheel in premium leather with an Alcantara® grip area.
Standard AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission provides direct and agile power delivery. In place of the traditional torque converter, this innovative transmission features a compact, wet start-up clutch which reduces the power losses normally associated with conventional automatic transmissions and significantly lowers fuel consumption. The Controlled Efficiency “C” mode provides early, comfortable upshifts while maintaining the lowest possible engine speed and “soft” accelerator characteristics to help improve fuel economy.
The exclusive Mercedes-AMG power transmission offers a high level of versatility and performance. The “S”, “S+” and “M” modes deliver increased agility and are selected via the new rotary control knob familiar from the SLS AMG. Faster gear changes and higher revs add to the emotional experience as well as rev-matching in “S”, “S+” and “M” modes. Gear changes in the “S+” and “M” modes take just 100 milliseconds and the RACE START function allows the driver to harness the vehicle’s full acceleration capability.
Specific AMG sports suspension for quick acceleration and ride comfort
It’s not just the engine and MCT transmission which influence the C63 AMG Coupe’s aggressive character – the AMG sports suspension and AMG high-performance braking system are also key here. Compared with the standard suspension, the AMG coupe has a separate three-link front suspension, a reinforced multi-link independent rear suspension and a wider track front and rear. The stiffer elastokinematics, autonomous axle kinematics with more negative camber and larger anti-roll bars result in greater agility and lateral acceleration. Specially adjusted spring and damper rates have optimized both the responsiveness of the suspension as well as road noise and tire vibration.
The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with a direct ratio (13.5: 1) provides excellent road feel and contributes to the nimble driving experience. The precise steering is complemented by three-stage ESP¨, the Electronic Stability Program that enables three individual control strategies to be accessed at the touch of a button. The driver can use the ESP¨ switch on the center console to choose between ESP ON, ESP SPORT and ESP OFF modes. The AMG high-performance braking system with internally ventilated and perforated discs at the corners provide maximum responsiveness, short stopping distances and high fade resistance.
Confident and athletic: the design of the C63 AMG Coupe
Visually, the coupe version of the C63 AMG has a confident, athletic presence that is reminiscent of the high-performance SL63 AMG roadster. The C63 AMG Coupe has a sinister low profile, powerful shoulderline and a narrow C-pillar, combined with short overhangs, long hood, steeply raked windshield and long, sloping roof.
As is typical for AMG, the car has a striking, arrow-shaped front section with the new AMG front apron housing a high-gloss black horizontal edge, AMG-specific LED daytime running lights and side air outlets. The large Mercedes star sits on a wing-shaped transverse lamella in the new radiator grille, while a modified aluminum hood with powerdomes, emphasizes the strong character of the car. The new clear-lens headlamps are particularly eye-catching, especially when equipped with the optional Lighting Package which includes bi-xenon headlamps.
The wide front fender bearing the “6.3 AMG” script, AMG rocker panels and the new 18-inch 5-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-gloss finish dominate the side view. Excellent contact with the road is provided by the wide 235/40 R 18 (front) and 255/35 R 18 (rear) tires.
At the rear, the unique AMG rear apron has a distinctive, black diffuser insert and three pronounced diffuser fins along with two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system.
High-quality, dramatic interior
Inside, the instrument cluster with integrated screen immediately recalls the new CLS63 AMG with three separate round gauges providing information on speed, engine rpm, fuel level, and coolant temperature. Other display options are available through the AMG main menu accessible via the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel. The three-dimensional TFT color display located inside the speedometer welcomes the driver by showing an AMG logo.
The specially shaped AMG performance steering wheel has been adopted from the CLS63 AMG and includes flattened top and bottom sections, metallic trim elements, grip areas trimmed in perforated leather, and aluminum shift paddles. The instrument cluster and center console are trimmed in high-gloss black piano lacquer while the dashboard and doors feature aluminum trim; optional carbon fiber or wood trims are also available. The rotary control for selecting the C, S, S+, M transmission modes and RACE START is situated on the center console.
The new AMG sports seats with integrated head restraints, EASY-ENTRY system and AMG badges have a sporty design with horizontal stitching. Combined M-B Tex/DINAMICA black upholstery comes as standard. DINAMICA is a new type of breathable man-made fiber which is pleasing to the touch and is characterized by low emissions and high durability. The side bolsters of the AMG sports seats are covered in M-B Tex while the center panels of the seat cushions are upholstered with DINAMICA. The C63 AMG Coupe is a proper four-seater with the rear seats featuring the same style of horizontal stitching as the AMG sports seats. Standard split-folding rear seats help expand available cargo capacity.
Optional leather interior appointments help individualize the inside with four single tone and three two-tone combinations.
High level of safety and new assistance systems
With nine airbags as standard, belt tensioners and belt-force limiters for all seats, the C63 AMG Coupe has extensive safety features. The airbags, which can deploy in milliseconds in the event of an accident, include front, side and pelvic bags for the driver and front passenger, a kneebag on the driver’s side, and windowbags.
With a number of driving assistance systems ranging from ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection to Blind Spot Assist, the C63 AMG Coupe provides a comprehensive level of driver support and protection. The assistance systems are familiar from the flagship S-Class and are based on the latest radar, camera and sensor technology to help monitor and prevent frequent accident causes such as driving too closely, fatigue and darkness.
The new telematics generation featuring enhanced ease of operation
The C63 AMG Coupe also features a new telematics generation which offers greater operating convenience, larger displays, phone book transfer, Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB interface now accommodated in the center armrest. The optional COMAND system now features SIRIUS weather information along with the familiar destination search/route download via Google. The COMAND navigation system also includes a new 3D display with city views, the ability to record and retrace a specific route, specific personal destinations can be saved or imported via an SD card and four alternative routes can be displayed on the navigation map, one of them an economical variation.
The new C63 AMG Coupe will make its U.S. showroom debut in September 2011.
GruppeM stuff is hard to come by but if you have the will and the cash its well worth it. They usually make decent power and they just look tough! I am loving the carbon fiber ram air intake for the new C63AMG. It reminds me of inlets from a freakin fighter jet! FRESH indeed.
AMG has blessed the new Mercedes Benz C-Class and transformed it into the 2012 C63. Just like before the 2012 C63 will have the same 451HP V8 but there is a performance package option that will increase power to 481hp. What’s in the performance package that gives you the extra ”oompf”? Well for starters they throw in the same forged pistons, rods, and crankshaft that are used in the SLS Gullwing. Then, they add a “variable intake manifold” which is painted titanium grey. All of the grunt from the engine will be put to the ground via AMG’s “SPEEDSHIFT MCT” 7-speed transmission. If you spring for the performance package the C63 will get you from a stand still to 60mph in about 4.3 seconds.
The styling is still as tough you would come to expect from an AMG variant. The C63′s bodylines are very ”angular and beautiful” as Dieter would say (that’s a Mike Myers joke by the way). They’ve updated the gril to be consistant with the SLS styling and it has a SLS style steering wheel waiting for you inside as well. There are a few color options you can go with for the upholstery as you’ll see in a few of the pics below. All in all AMG put together a nice setup in the new hot rod. The 2012 C63 should hit dealerships this fall but so far Mercedes Benz hasn’t announced an MSRP. However, I’m going to go ahead and guess that the sticker price will be north of $60k.
The high-performance Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan is now more attractive than ever thanks to restyling for the 2012MY. The C63 AMG sedan is complemented by numerous enhancements help maximize performance while significantly reducing fuel consumption. The sedan now features the award-winning AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with standard “Controlled Efficiency” mode along with a new power steering pump that helps reduce the combined fuel consumption by about ten percent (estimated figured for U.S. models pending). The output of the AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine is unchanged at 451 hp and can be increased to a maximum of 481 hp with the optional AMG Development Package. Agility, grip and ride comfort have been enhanced as a result of numerous measures to optimize the AMG sports suspension. New assistance systems and a new generation of telematics increase both safety and comfort. The U.S. market launch for the 2012 C63 AMG Sedan begins in autumn.
The 2012 C63 AMG sedan features a new radiator grille with a large Mercedes star and a single transverse louvre, as well as a new AMG front apron with a lower cross member painted in high-gloss black. Additionally highlights include special AMG daytime running lights and side air outlets which recall those found on the SL63 AMG high-performance roadster. New clear-lens headlamps emphasize the car’s distinctive, confident presence especially when equipped with the optional Lighting Package featuring bi-xenon headlamps. The wide front fenders with the “6.3 AMG” badge and the new 5 twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels — , finished in titanium grey. Good contact with the road is provided by the wide 235/40 R 18 and 255/35 R 18 tires at the front and rear.
The rear of the C63 AMG now features a new AMG rear apron featuring a distinctive, black diffuser insert with three pronounced fins.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission from the SL63 AMG
Under the skin, the top C-Class model boasts a wealth of new technology including the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission – another advanced feature adopted from the SL63 AMG. This innovative transmission uses a wet start-up clutch in place of a traditional torque converter to deliver a much more efficient, agile and direct response. Fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced thanks to the “Controlled Efficiency” mode and a new power steering pump.
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission impresses with its exceptional flexibility: with four driving modes as well as rev-matching and RACE START functions, it delivers comfortable shifts around town as well as instant response in high performance driving situations. The Controlled Efficiency “C” mode is programmed to provide smooth, comfortable upshifts while maintaining the lowest possible engine speed to help maximize fuel efficiency. The “S”, “S+” and “M” modes deliver increased agility through fast, responsive gear changes and higher revs. Gear changes in the “S+” and “M” modes take just 0.1 seconds.
The naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine with its large displacement of 6,208 cc develops 451 hp at 6,500 rpm and attains a peak torque of 443 lb-ft. at 5,000 rpm. The 2012 C63 AMG retains its predecessor’s position as the top performing model in its segment with 0 to 60 acceleration in just 4.4 seconds while the top speed is 155 mph (electronically regulated).
AMG Development Package: technology transfer from the SLS AMG
Even more dramatic performance is available with the optional AMG Development Package offering 481 hp and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.3 seconds. The Mercedes- AMG engine experts have achieved this increase in output thanks to a technology transfer from the SLS AMG with forged pistons, connecting rods and the lightweight crankshaft all coming from the gullwing model’s engine. The reduced mass inertia of the components – which are 6.6 pounds lighter than those of the standard version – allows the naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine to rev up with even greater ease and agility. Models equipped with the Development Package can be identified by the variable intake manifold painted in titanium grey under the hood, the AMG high-performance braking system with two-piece front discs and red painted brake calipers at all four corners, a carbon-fiber spoiler lip on the trunk lid and the AMG performance steering wheel in premium leather with a unique grip area.
Key data at a glance:
Bore x stroke
4.02 x 3.72 in
11.3 : 1
451 hp at 6,500 rpm 481 hp at 6,500 rpm*
443 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm
Engine weight (dry)
Acceleration 0 – 60 mph
4.4 s 4.3 s*
155 mph** 174 mph*
* with AMG Performance package; ** electronically limited
Optimized suspension, new steering system reduces fuel consumption
The AMG sports suspension includes a redesigned front axle, reinforced rear axle and wider front and rear track has undergone thorough modification and offers greater driving enjoyment and ride comfort at all times. The new stiffer elastokinematics, revised axle kinematics with more negative camber and new rear-axle anti-roll bar with a larger cross-section, result in higher agility and greater lateral acceleration. Additionally, new spring and damper rates have optimized both the responsiveness of the suspension as well as the road noise and tire vibration characteristics.
The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with a direct ratio (13.5 : 1) has a redesigned power-steering pump which contributes to reduced fuel consumption. This new pump only requires energy when the driver is actually making steering movements. Reliable deceleration at all times is provided by the AMG highperformance braking system with internally ventilated and perforated discs all around.
High Quality Interior
Even a quick glance at the interior of the 2012 C63 AMG sedan reveals the considerable updates, such as the completely new dashboard design with an integrated screen. The new 3D color TFT display in the middle of the redesigned speedometer welcomes the driver upon entry with the AMG logo. The new threespoke AMG performance steering wheel – a feature adopted from the CLS63 AMG – is trimmed in premium leather and features metallic trim elements with a flattened top and bottom sections as well as grip areas which are specially shaped and trimmed in perforated leather for perfect steering control. Aluminum shift paddles facilitate manual gear changes.
Fine trim elements in brushed dark aluminum are found on the dashboard and doors. Situated in the center console surrounded by high-gloss black piano lacquer trim is the new rotary control for selecting the transmission modes C, S, S+, M and RACE START. The special AMG sports seats with integrated head restraints and adaptive backrests are available from launch with combined M-B Tex/DINAMICA black upholstery. (DINAMICA is a new type of breathable manmade fiber). The side bolsters of the AMG sports seats are covered in M-B Tex while the center panels of the seat cushions are also upholstered with DINAMICA.
Available as an option, designo leather appointments give the interior of the C63 AMG a very exclusive character: four single colors and three two-tone combinations are available. As a further option, these can be complemented with “extended black designo leather appointments” for the top section of the dashboard and the upper section of the door linings.
Five new driver assistance systems already established in the S-Class and CLS
The 2012 C63 AMG features five new driver assistance systems which are already established in the S-Class flagship model line and the trend-setting CLS. These assistance systems use the latest camera and sensor technology and are designed to combat common causes of accidents. They raise the safety of the C-Class to a new level by warning the driver of a hazard.
Adaptive Highbeam Assist
PARKTRONIC including parking guidance
Lane Keeping Assist
Blind Spot Assist
New generation of telematics
The C-Class sees the debut of a new telematics generation which will gradually be introduced in other model series. Major new features include greater operating convenience, larger displays, telephone directory transfer via Bluetooth®, wireless music streaming and a USB interface in the center console.
The navigation system of COMAND Online also has added functions including a 3D display with virtual city views, eco-routes and the ability to add waypoints along your journey.
C63 AMG – fast-track to best-seller status
Launched in the U.S. in April 2008, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG rapidly established itself within the performance sedan segment. Over the past three and a half years more than 17,000 AMG enthusiasts world-wide have purchased the C63 AMG. The AMG Development Package has proven especially popular, with over 30 percent of all the C63 AMG models delivered in 2010 featuring this attractive option.
The U.S. market launch for the 2012 C63 AMG Sedan begins in autumn.
The curtain has finally come off Pagani’s newest creation, the Huayra. Let me start off by saying what I know you’re all thinking: I’m not totally in love with that front end… I know the rest of the car is awesome but it is going to take a while for that front end to grow on me. The thing is it isn’t really the entire front end that throws me off. Just that weird area under the nose! OK, I got that out! Let’s move on.. Pagani has been working on the Huayra for a few years now and for good reason. The Zonda is a legend among the supercars and would be the yardstick that anything else Pagani made would be measured against.
How did they equip the Huayra for the inevitable comparison? Well they bolted in AMG’s newest 700HP 6.0 twin-turbo V12 for starters. Bolted onto the engine is a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The the combo of pistons and gears will thrust the sub-3000 pound Huayra to a claimed top speed of 230mph. I’d say that is a very good start. Couple the performance with an interior dripping with leather, decent tech, and what appears to be a scrotum vent in the seats and you have a real contender for the supercar throne.
The feature of the Mercedes Benz exhibit at the 2010 LA Auto Show was the “Sprinklesmobile” Mercedes Sprinter Van that gave away free cupcakes! OK, that isn’t totally true. The real feature was the North American debut of the 2012 CLS63 AMG. As I scarfed down my delicious frosted treat I was instantly struck by the new CLS63 AMG’s appearance. The car looks so rough yet so classy at the same time. If I had to personify the style of the CLS63 AMG I would liken it to a heavyweight MMA fighter wearing a three-piece suit.
I wanted to know more about what the CLS63 AMG would have to offer once it was released so I spoke to Greg Clark. Mr. Clark is the Manager of Exclusive Vehicles for Mercedes Benz and took the time to take me through the ins and outs of the new CLS63. From what Mr. Clark told me, this car will really be a contender in its class once it becomes available. The numbers and features on the CLS63 AMG are absolutely staggering. View the interview below for all the info as well as plenty of pictures.