The fight for the crown of Germany’s best V8-powered sports coupe has just gotten a bit more intense with the release of the new Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Coupe.
The C63 AMG coupe will be going against the BMW M3 and Audi RS5, armed with the 6.2 litre V8 powerhouse found in the saloon and estate versions. The engine is good for 457 hp (7 more than the RS5 and 37 more than the M3) at 6800 rpm and 442 lb ft (600 nm) at 5000 rpm. Power is sent through AMG’s seven-speed Speedshift MCT automatic transmission, which makes use of a multi-plate disc clutch instead of a torque converter. Acceleration from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) takes 4.5 sec, and hits an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
The optional AMG performance pack will also be available for the coupe, which sees power rise to 487 hp and the 0-62 mph time drop to 4.4 sec. The rise in power comes from the use of forged pistons, connecting rods and lightweight crankshaft from the SLS AMG, which in turn also reduces engine weight by 3 kg. In addition to this, cars equipped with the performance pack will get composite front brake disc, red brake callipers, a carbon fibre spoiler, an intake manifold painted in “titanium grey,” and a sports steering wheel with alcantara grips.
The new coupe will come with 18-inch five-spoke wheels as standard, while optional 19-inch multi-spoke wheels are available. Other options include an exterior carbon fibre package, a rear differential locking system, a carbon fibre/ high-gloss black piano lacquer trim package, and illuminated AMG door sill panels.
Mercedes Benz will put the C63 AMG Coupe on display at the New York International Auto Show next month, while sales will begin in July with prices starting at €72,590. The AMG performance pack will cost an extra €7116.20.