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New Mercedes-AMG C 63 models: More agility for the powerhouse

Edward Green |
Powerful V8 engines, thrilling driving dynamics and distinct design have made the Mercedes-AMG C 63 model range a bestseller.

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The Saloon, Estate, Coupé and Cabriolet (combined fuel consumption: 10.4-9.9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 236-227 g/km) now feature a sharper exterior, a modernised interior and even more agility. The interior benefits from an optional fully digital cockpit with unmistakable AMG displays and the new generation of AMG steering wheels. The rear-wheel drive, the AMG-specific suspension and the athletic overall appearance likewise set the C 63 apart from its competitors.

The fast-shifting AMG Speedshift MCT 9G transmission, the electronically controlled rear-axle differential, and the nine-stage AMG Traction Control (in the C 63 S) take longitudinal and lateral dynamics to a new level. AMG Dynamics enhances driving pleasure, too: this built-in dynamic handling control extends the functions of the ESP, allowing precisely measured torque distribution on the rear axle (Torque Vectoring), which increases agility while maintaining a high level of stability.

The new C 63 has a more emotive look, too: the AMG-specific radiator trim underscores the brand identity while emphasising the muscular appearance. The C 63 now makes use for the first time of the AMG Speedshift MCT 9G transmission, which the Mercedes-AMG developers have tuned specifically for a dynamic driving experience. A wet start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. This saves weight and optimises the response to the driver's accelerator pedal input, particularly during acceleration and load changes.

All four body styles are available as basic model and S-model: the proven AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine puts out 350 kW (476 hp) or 375 kW (510 hp), while the maximum torque is 650 or 700 Nm. Depending on body style, the C 63 S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, the C 63 in 4.0 seconds. The C 63 S Saloon and Coupé have a top speed of 290 km/h, the C 63 S Estate and Cabriolet 280 km/h, and the C 63 variants 250 km/h (electronically limited in each case). The C 63 can also have its top speed increased as an option.

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