The raucous tire-shredding 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 is all-new for the 2015 model year. Notice the naming convention change. It’s no longer the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. A recent UK press release shows a sleeker, meaner C63 based on the brand-new C-class, but what’s under that seductive body is the big news for Mercedes’ best-selling AMG product.
The C63 will drop the visceral 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated V8 in favor of the company’s all-new M177 engine, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that, in tuned form, will be used to power the upcoming AMG GT. Power in the standard C63 AMG is 469 horsepower and approximately 480 lb.-ft. of torque, while C63 S models will receive the full 503 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. The 7-speed AMG MCT transmission will handle power. This is a transmission that Mercedes claims will have “significantly quicker shift times” than the unit in last generation’s C63. The European and Asian markets will most likely receive the option of RWD or 4MATIC AWD in addition to the option between standard and “S” model C63s–due to Mercedes’ recent move to standardize US AMG sales, we will most likely get only the C63 S with 4MATIC.
Mercedes also announced the brand-new iteration of the C63 “shooting brake,” or station wagon (pictured above). The US market most likely won’t see the family hauler version of the C63, but it’s certainly easy to appreciate its streamlined roof and low stance.
Suspension in the new C63 has been revised heavily–the front uses a multilink system, while the rear uses a four-link setup with a wider track to aid with traction. In addition, both of these systems are fully adjustable through AMG RIDE CONTROL, an electronically-aided set of three-stage dampers that range from “comfort” to “track” settings. Also, to manage the C63’s blistering 4.1-second 0-60 mph time in the standard model, 390 mm brake discs at the front and 360 mm discs at the rear are standard, with high-performance carbon ceramic discs as an option.
Cosmetically, the new C63 doesn’t fail to impress–“V8 Biturbo” badging graces the wider front fender flares, a new quad exhaust peeks out from under a brand-new splitter, and rich carbon fiber and aluminum finish off the high-end cabin. Redesigned AMG sport seats and a smaller, more elegant steering wheel hint at the car’s performance capabilities. And in keeping with the rest of the new Mercedes lineup, the new C63 receives the innovative touchpad controller for the NAV system under the beautiful, expensive IWC Schaffhausen dash clock.
Stay tuned on TFLcar.com for more details about the C63 AMG’s release date and production details.
Please enjoy this TFLcar.com video review of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-class.
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