For a long time the BMW M3 never really had much competition. Mercedes-Benz used to say the CLK55 AMG was a direct competitor to the M3, but it really wasn’t. They were slower, uglier, handled like a yacht, and weren’t really as much fun, generally speaking. But now, ever since BMW added a sedan to the M3’s arsenal, things have gotten interesting. Before it was the Audi RS4 and Mercedes C55 AMG sedans versus the M3’s coupe. Of course they always won the ‘best use of space’ awards. And even then, the M3 was still better.
But these days, Mercedes-Benz is steppin’ up their game. They released the monster of a sedan with the C63 AMG a few years back, and while they weren’t really better than the M3, the C63 was a blast to drive, and one hell of a way to scare your date.
But there was one thing still wrong: there was only a sedan form.
Not anymore, though. Because today, Benz officially released the coupe version of their C63 AMG. The car that is the thrill of a crotch rocket, just with the safety of doors and 4 wheels on the ground.
Power comes from the same 6.2-liter (not 6.3, as they advertise) V8 making 451 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. However, if you feel like being a big boy and springing for the AMG Development Package, like I would, you’ll get 481 horsies and the same amount of torque. That’s just ridiculous isn’t it?! But it’s not just power that you get, luckily. Taken straight from the SLS AMG, you’ll notice forged pistons, connecting rods, and a lightweight driveshaft. And the best ways to identify if the car you’re looking at has this special package or not would be to look for the carbon fiber trunk lip spoiler, high-performance braking system with 2 piece rotors and red calipers up front, or you can check inside for the special leather wrapped steering wheel with alcantara grips, but you can also check under the hood for the titanium gray finished intake manifold.
The transmission offered for the new C63 AMG Coupe is the same AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission found in all of their AMG cars (can we please get a longer name for the AMG transmission, pretty please?). But I am rather interested to see how it works in this car. It’s a wet start-up clutch that supposedly allows for comfortable shifting in auto mode, while still being able to provide true, quick shifts in manual mode. There are “C,” “S,” S+” and “M” modes for any sort of shifting you want.
Mercedes-Benz promises a 4.4-second 0-60 with a top speed of 155 mph with the standard C63 AMG Coupe (like it’s really that standard…), or if you do get the AMG Development Pack, you’ll lower your 0-60 time to 4.3-seconds and increase your top speed to 174 mph. Basically, expect a 3.9-second 0-60 with the standard 451 hp model and about 3.8-seconds with the 481 hp model.
While the new C63 AMG Coupe is rather weighty at 3,816 lbs, it’s still lighter than that of the CTS-V Coupe, which weighs in at 4,254 lbs with an automatic gearbox. So that makes it only the 3rd heaviest in its class behind the BMW M3 and the Audi RS5.
So hopefully by the end of the summer we’ll see the battle between high performance coupes really heat up. Cadillac started offering its CTS-V in coupe trim recently, and Audi is bringing the RS5 over from Europe. All we need is a Lexus IS-F Coupe and we’ll be just ducky. Now if we could only show Mercedes-Benz how to make this sexy AMG in a manual transmission…
Read more about the new C63 AMG Coupe in the various press releases all while drooling over the pictures in the gallery below.
2012 C63 AMG Coupe Press Release:
Two-door coupe delivers up to 481 hp
March 20, 2011 – MONTVALE, NJ
The new 2012 C63 AMG Coupe designed by Mercedes-AMG combines distinctive design with a powerful drivetrain and dynamic handling. The new coupe joins the successful C63 AMG Sedan as well as the AMG family of coupes which includes the CLS63 AMG and the CL63AMG. The new coupe makes its U.S. showroom debut in September 2011.
The AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine in the C63 AMG Coupe delivers a maximum output of 451 hp and peak torque of 443 lb-ft. Reflecting its outstanding performance, the coupe is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). With these specifications, the new two-door vehicle is poised to take the lead in its segment.
The new coupe shares all the technology updates from the 2012 C63 AMG Sedan and features the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with standard “Controlled Efficiency” mode, and a new power steering pump that helps to reduce fuel consumption.
AMG Development Package for a maximum output of 481 hp
This reduction in fuel consumption also applies to the C63 Coupe when equipped with the AMG Development Package which generates 481 hp. This optional package improves acceleration from 0 to 60 mph to 4.3 seconds thanks to technology transferred from the SLS AMG. The forged pistons, connectin grods and lightweight crankshaft adopted from the gullwing model’s high-tech drive system save 6.6 pounds in weight. This reduces rotational inertia and enhances the agility and responsiveness of the high-revving, eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. Top speed increases as well to 174 mph (electronically limited). Visually, the AMG performance package can be identified by the variable intake manifold finished in titanium grey under the hood, the AMG high-performance braking system with two-piece front rotors and red painted brake calipers, the carbon fiber trunk lid spoiler and the AMG performance steering wheel in premium leather with an Alcantara® grip area.
Standard AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission provides direct and agile power delivery. In place of the traditional torque converter, this innovative transmission features a compact, wet start-up clutch which reduces the power losses normally associated with conventional automatic transmissions and significantly lowers fuel consumption. The Controlled Efficiency “C” mode provides early, comfortable upshifts while maintaining the lowest possible engine speed and “soft” accelerator characteristics to help improve fuel economy.
The exclusive Mercedes-AMG power transmission offers a high level of versatility and performance. The “S”, “S+” and “M” modes deliver increased agility and are selected via the new rotary control knob familiar from the SLS AMG. Faster gear changes and higher revs add to the emotional experience as well as rev-matching in “S”, “S+” and “M” modes. Gear changes in the “S+” and “M” modes take just 100 milliseconds and the RACE START function allows the driver to harness the vehicle’s full acceleration capability.
Specific AMG sports suspension for quick acceleration and ride comfort
It’s not just the engine and MCT transmission which influence the C63 AMG Coupe’s aggressive character – the AMG sports suspension and AMG high-performance braking system are also key here. Compared with the standard suspension, the AMG coupe has a separate three-link front suspension, a reinforced multi-link independent rear suspension and a wider track front and rear. The stiffer elastokinematics, autonomous axle kinematics with more negative camber and larger anti-roll bars result in greater agility and lateral acceleration. Specially adjusted spring and damper rates have optimized both the responsiveness of the suspension as well as road noise and tire vibration.
The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with a direct ratio (13.5: 1) provides excellent road feel and contributes to the nimble driving experience. The precise steering is complemented by three-stage ESP¨, the Electronic Stability Program that enables three individual control strategies to be accessed at the touch of a button. The driver can use the ESP¨ switch on the center console to choose between ESP ON, ESP SPORT and ESP OFF modes. The AMG high-performance braking system with internally ventilated and perforated discs at the corners provide maximum responsiveness, short stopping distances and high fade resistance.
Confident and athletic: the design of the C63 AMG Coupe
Visually, the coupe version of the C63 AMG has a confident, athletic presence that is reminiscent of the high-performance SL63 AMG roadster. The C63 AMG Coupe has a sinister low profile, powerful shoulderline and a narrow C-pillar, combined with short overhangs, long hood, steeply raked windshield and long, sloping roof.
As is typical for AMG, the car has a striking, arrow-shaped front section with the new AMG front apron housing a high-gloss black horizontal edge, AMG-specific LED daytime running lights and side air outlets. The large Mercedes star sits on a wing-shaped transverse lamella in the new radiator grille, while a modified aluminum hood with powerdomes, emphasizes the strong character of the car. The new clear-lens headlamps are particularly eye-catching, especially when equipped with the optional Lighting Package which includes bi-xenon headlamps.
The wide front fender bearing the “6.3 AMG” script, AMG rocker panels and the new 18-inch 5-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-gloss finish dominate the side view. Excellent contact with the road is provided by the wide 235/40 R 18 (front) and 255/35 R 18 (rear) tires.
At the rear, the unique AMG rear apron has a distinctive, black diffuser insert and three pronounced diffuser fins along with two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system.
High-quality, dramatic interior
Inside, the instrument cluster with integrated screen immediately recalls the new CLS63 AMG with three separate round gauges providing information on speed, engine rpm, fuel level, and coolant temperature. Other display options are available through the AMG main menu accessible via the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel. The three-dimensional TFT color display located inside the speedometer welcomes the driver by showing an AMG logo.
The specially shaped AMG performance steering wheel has been adopted from the CLS63 AMG and includes flattened top and bottom sections, metallic trim elements, grip areas trimmed in perforated leather, and aluminum shift paddles. The instrument cluster and center console are trimmed in high-gloss black piano lacquer while the dashboard and doors feature aluminum trim; optional carbon fiber or wood trims are also available. The rotary control for selecting the C, S, S+, M transmission modes and RACE START is situated on the center console.
The new AMG sports seats with integrated head restraints, EASY-ENTRY system and AMG badges have a sporty design with horizontal stitching. Combined M-B Tex/DINAMICA black upholstery comes as standard. DINAMICA is a new type of breathable man-made fiber which is pleasing to the touch and is characterized by low emissions and high durability. The side bolsters of the AMG sports seats are covered in M-B Tex while the center panels of the seat cushions are upholstered with DINAMICA. The C63 AMG Coupe is a proper four-seater with the rear seats featuring the same style of horizontal stitching as the AMG sports seats. Standard split-folding rear seats help expand available cargo capacity.
Optional leather interior appointments help individualize the inside with four single tone and three two-tone combinations.
High level of safety and new assistance systems
With nine airbags as standard, belt tensioners and belt-force limiters for all seats, the C63 AMG Coupe has extensive safety features. The airbags, which can deploy in milliseconds in the event of an accident, include front, side and pelvic bags for the driver and front passenger, a kneebag on the driver’s side, and windowbags.
With a number of driving assistance systems ranging from ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection to Blind Spot Assist, the C63 AMG Coupe provides a comprehensive level of driver support and protection. The assistance systems are familiar from the flagship S-Class and are based on the latest radar, camera and sensor technology to help monitor and prevent frequent accident causes such as driving too closely, fatigue and darkness.
The new telematics generation featuring enhanced ease of operation
The C63 AMG Coupe also features a new telematics generation which offers greater operating convenience, larger displays, phone book transfer, Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB interface now accommodated in the center armrest.
The optional COMAND system now features SIRIUS weather information along with the familiar destination search/route download via Google. The COMAND navigation system also includes a new 3D display with city views, the ability to record and retrace a specific route, specific personal destinations can be saved or imported via an SD card and four alternative routes can be displayed on the navigation map, one of them an economical variation.
The new C63 AMG Coupe will make its U.S. showroom debut in September 2011.
C63 AMG Coupe Equipment List Release:
Power tilt/sliding panorama sunroof*
Dual-zone automatic climate control with dust filter
14-way power/memory driver’s seat with lumbar support*
Sport seats with integrated headrests*
Heated front seats
Single disc CD/ MP3 /AM/ FM/ Weatherband radio
SIRIUS Satellite Radio
Bluetooth Audio Streaming*
iPod¨ / MP3 Media Interface (in center console)
12-speaker harman/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System with auxiliary input, USB port
Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling
Central controller with 5.8″ display*
Power Tilt & telescoping steering column*
Multifunction leather steering wheel w/shift paddles*
4.5″ color instrument cluster display*
Front and rear cupholders
Rain sensing intermittent wipers*
Integrated rear view mirror compass*
Auto dimming mirrors*
Integrated garage door opener*
Power windows with express up and down
Automatic headlamps with twilight sensor & locator lighting
Split-folding rear seats*
451 Horsepower (481**) @ 6,500 RPM
443 lb-ft of Torque @ 5,000 RPM
AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-speed MCT w/ RACE START function
Front suspension: 3-link independent strut-type with stabilizer bar
Rear suspension: Multi-link independent with stabilizer bar
18″ AMG Twin 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels
235/40 R 18 front / 255/35 R 18 rear high-performance
Quad Exhaust with Chrome Outlets
*Highlight for 2012MY, ** with AMG Development Pkg.
New vehicle 4-year/50,000 mile warranty
24 hr. roadside assistance program
Owner information kit
Mercedes-Benz maintenance system
Steel-reinforced cabin with front & rear crumple zones
Front & rear outboard seatbelts with pre-tensioners & force limiters
Dual two stage front airbags
Side airbags mounted in front seat backrests
Head protection curtains
Dual front pelvic airbags
Driver’s side knee airbag
Active front head restraints
4-wheel ABS disc brakes with Brake Assist System
Electronic Stability Program (ESP¨)
Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR)
LATCH-lower anchors and tethers for children
Antitheft alarm with engine immobilizer
SmartKey with panic button
Tire pressure monitoring system
LED Daytime Running Lights*
ADAPTIVE BRAKE w/HOLD function*
Lighting Package ($TBD)
Bi-xenon Headlamps with active curve illumination
Headlamp Cleaning System
Adaptive Highbeam Assist*
Lane Tracking Package ($TBD)
Blind Spot Assist*
Lane Keeping Assist*
Multimedia Package ($TBD)
COMAND System w/ 80GB Hard-Drive Navigation
Enhanced voice control for audio, telephone and navigation
7-inch high-resolution color display
SIRIUS¨ real-time traffic service
In-dash SD memory card reader
In-dash 6-disc DVD/CD changer
Gracenote¨ media database
10GB hard-drive with Music Register
*Highlight for 2012MY, ** with AMG Development Pkg.
AMG Development Package ($TBD)
Speed Limit Raised to 174mph
Power Increase of 30hp
Lightweight AMG forged pistons
Lightweight connecting rods
Exclusive engine intake runners in Titanium Gray finish
Two-piece front brake rotors
Red Brake Calipers
AMG performance steering wheel with Alcantara side grips
Carbon Fiber Trunk Lid Spoiler
Stand Alone Options
Ash Olive Matte Wood Trim*
Burl Walnut Wood Trim
Carbon Fiber Trim
18″ AMG 5-Spoke Alloy Wheel
Parktronic w/ Parking Guidance*
Rear side airbags
Limited Slip Differential
Special Order Options
Obsidian Black Paint
In-dash 6-disc DVD/CD Changer
Black, Magnetite Black, Mars Red, Cuprite Brown*, Arctic White, Steel Grey, Iridium Silver, Palladium Silver, Diamond White, Lunar Blue*
Black M-B Tex/Dinamica, Porcelain Leather, Sand Leather, Black Leather, Classic Red Leather, Porcelain Leather (Two-Tone), Sand Leather (Two-Tone), Classic Red Leather (Two-Tone)
*Highlight for 2012MY, ** with AMG Development Pkg.