Now that the 2017 C300 Coupe has been previewed, photos of the new 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupé have been released ahead of its worldwide debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September. Not only is the 2017 C63 Coupé easy on the eyes, the German sports coupe has enhanced capabilities that should give the BMW M4 and Cadillac CTS-V a run for their money.
Underneath the long hood is a 4.0-liter twinturbo V8 and 7-speed automatic that can deliver up to 503 horsepower and a neck snapping 516 lb-ft of torque in the S version. The base model C63 uses the same engine but is tuned for 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.
|Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé||Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupé|
|Engine||4.0L biturbo V8||4.0L biturbo V8|
|Power||503 hp @ 5500 – 6250 rpm||469 hp @ 5500 – 6250 rpm|
|Torque||516 lb-ft @ 1750 – 4500 rpm||479 lb-ft @ 1750 – 4500 rpm|
|Transmission||7-speed automatic||7-speed automatic|
|Drivetrain Layout||rear-wheel drive||rear-wheel drive|
|Curb Weight||3,803 lbs.||3,770 lbs.|
|0-60 mph||3.8 sec||3.9 sec|
|Top speed (electronically limited)||155 mph||155 mph|
The front and rear track width is widened for improved stability over the C-Class. This led to a redesign of the front and rear, and accentuated fenders to accommodate wider tires (up to 255 mm on the front axle and up to 285 mm on the rear axle). The more aggressive looking front-end has a bigger air dam, twin-slat grille and a power dome hood. The rear is all business with a distinct diffuser and AMG twin tailpipes. What can’t be seen is the added structural reinforcement of the chassis to take on the extreme loads from the uprated powertrain and suspension.
For optimal traction, a limited slip differential comes with both trims. The difference is that the S trim gets an electronic LSD which raises the performance limits and works in concert with the 3-stage Electronic Stability Program (ESP®).
Both versions of the C63 Coupé will be fitted with an adjustable sport-tuned suspension that has three driver selectable modes and upgraded brakes on all four corners. The AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed automatic transmission substitutes a stack of clutch plates in place of the torque converter that performs gearshifts almost as fast as dual-clutch setup. The driver can select from four different transmission modes, from relaxed-fuel-sipper to super-sporty. The S trim has an additional “Race” transmission mode.
The interior boasts fine detail and quality befitting a Mercedes. AMG-specific controls can be spotted throughout the cabin. Optional performance seats with a lower seating position and higher side bolsters that help with lateral support are available.
The new 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe is expected to arrive in dealerships summer of 2016.
Meanwhile, explore the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-class in this TFLcar video review: