Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe previewed ahead of Frankfurt debut
The Mercedes-AMG C63 can be due to be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show
Mercedes-AMG’s fresh BMW M4 rival packs up to 503bhp along with gets via 0-62mph in under 4.0sec, along with has been previewed in fresh pictures
Preview pictures which are understood to show the upcoming Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupé have been released online, ahead of the vehicle’s planned debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
The C63 Coupé will be the third variant inside fresh C63 family to a launch, following on via the saloon along with estate variants already on sale.
Mercedes-Benz’s performance car division can be preparing to take the fight to the BMW M4 along having a host of additional recent go-fast coupés with the brutish 503bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8-powered C63 Coupé, which can be planned to go on sale inside UK in which November.
The C63 Coupé wil make its Frankfurt debut alongside standard versions of the fresh C-Class Coupé.
Pricing for the eagerly awaited M4 rival can be yet to be made official. However, prospective customers can expect to pay a premium on the recently introduced C63 saloon, which starts at £59,795 along with rises to £66,545 in range-topping S guise.
The saloon along with coupé share the same rear-wheel drive platform, driveline along with electronic architecture. However, the C63 Coupé will have bespoke suspension tuning, revised elasto-kinematic properties, a lower centre of gravity along with specific camber rates — among additional detailed chassis alterations confirmed to Autocar by a member of AMG’s engineering team.
These revisions are claimed to provide the C63 Coupé with even sharper driving traits than the already highly praised C63 saloon. Our source said: “We’re confident the fresh C63 Coupé will set the standard in its class. Performance-wise, in which can be a big step forward. Building on what we have achieved with the C63 saloon, in which betters the old type in every vital discipline.”
One key development can be the adoption of electromechanical steering in place of the hydraulic set-up used on the previous C63 Coupé. A mechanical locking differential will also be included as standard, having a faster-reacting electronically operated differential included on the top-of-the-line S type.
Power for the fresh C63 Coupé comes via AMG’s M178 engine, as unveiled inside latest C63 saloon. In a move mirroring in which of its four-door sibling, the 4.0-litre petrol unit – a direct relative of the M177 engine used by the flagship GT sports car – will be offered in two states of tune.
In standard guise, the 90deg V8, whose turbochargers are mounted up high between the cylinder banks for optimal packaging, can be set to deliver 469bhp along with 479lb ft of torque inside C63 Coupé.
With added boost pressure along with additional power-enhancing tweaks, output will rise to a rather more serious 503bhp along with 516lb ft inside initial range-topping C63 S Coupé.
By comparison, the naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine used by the first-generation C63 Coupé delivered 448bhp along with 442lb ft of torque as standard. An optional Performance Package increased power to 480bhp, with peak torque remaining at 442lb ft.
Among the performance coupé competition, the Lexus RC F comes closest to matching the fresh C63 Coupé for outright firepower, with its naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 delivering 471bhp along with 391lb ft. The BMW M4’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine kicks out 425bhp along with 405lb ft.
Channelling the C63 Coupé’s reserves can be a revised type of AMG’s seven-speed SpeedShift automatic gearbox. in which uses a wet clutch in place of the torque converter for speedier shifts via steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. As inside four-door C63, the traditional shift lever can be replaced by a column-mounted stalk.
The performance of the gearbox, dampers, throttle along with steering can be adjusted by moving between four different driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus along with Individual. a different Race mode can be included on the S type.
In keeping with its added performance potential, the C63 Coupé takes on a distinctly more muscular appearance than its forebear. in which can be particularly apparent towards the rear, which can be dominated by substantial haunches over the rear wheel arches. The result gives the fresh coupé an instantly more aggressive stance than its predecessor.
The front-end styling can be closely related to in which of the C63 saloon. However, the C63 Coupé departs quite radically via the windscreen back. Distinguishing features include a more heavily raked windscreen, frameless doors, unique rear side windows, shapely C-pillar treatment, a heavily angled rear window, short boot deck, horizontally set tail-lights along having a substantial bumper assembly complete with integral diffuser along with four trapezoidal-shaped chromed tailpipes.
Even so, the fresh look can be not exclusive to the C63 Coupé. Elements of the external surfaces design will also appear on a fresh C63 Cabriolet in which can be also currently under development at AMG’s skunkworks in Affalterbach, Germany.
As with the C63 saloon, the C63 Coupé has grown in size. Despite the vehicle’s increase in dimensions, Mercedes-AMG sources confirm in which in which can be lighter than its predecessor. An official weight figure has yet to be revealed, nevertheless the reduction can be said to be in line with in which of the latest C63 saloon, which can be 15kg lighter than its predecessor despite greater levels of standard equipment.
in which has been achieved through the adoption of Mercedes-Benz’s fresh MRA platform, a floorpan in which makes more extensive use of hot-formed high-strength steel as well as increased use of aluminium within the chassis along with fresh driveline.
With added power along with less weight, AMG insiders say, the C63 Coupé will be capable of cracking 4.0sec for the benchmark 0-62mph sprint along with achieving a top speed of more than 186mph, although, in line with additional AMG designs, in which will be limited to 155mph. in which will need to be in which quick to get the better of the M4, which can be claimed to cover the 0-62mph dash in 4.1sec on its way to an identically restricted 155mph.
Watch our drive of the saloon type of the C63 AMG.
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