For anyone that thought the station wagon version of the Mercedes C63 AMG was a boring car, take a look at the revised version coming out of Kicherer. The German tuner has managed to not only increase the output to an amazing 550 HP, but also refine the exterior to make it look better than ever.
In order to increase the total output from the standard 457 HP to 550 HP, the tuner opted to use a sports air filter, a stainless steel sports exhaust system with flap control, and stainless steel manifold. With these tools, Kicherer also managed to increase the peak torque to 472 lbs, bringing the top speed up to an impressive 198 mph. The 0-60 mph sprint time has been slightly improved at 4.2 seconds.
Next to the engine upgrade, the tuner is also offering an aerodynamics package that consists of a front spoiler with carbon flaps, a side sill set with carbon enlargement, a carbon tail diffusor, a carbon front grille, and the highly popular carbon mirror shells. The car sits on a new set of RS-1 forged wheel rims in a 20" format.
Launched earlier this year the new Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe seems to be the perfect car for any automotive enthusiast out there. But the German tuner Vath has found a solution to make it even more incredible. The tuner is offering two engine upgrade stage that will add even more performance to your car, but also a series of exterior and interior updates.
In standard version the C63 AMG delivers a total of 457 HP, but with the V63S upgrade package you can get a total of 525 HP, while the V63RS takes you to an even more impressive 565 HP. The first package will take the car to an impressive 186 mph, but with the V63RS you will be capable to hit speed of up to 195 mph.
The two engine programs include high performance air filters, new manifolds, stainless steel exhausts and sport catalyst and of course ECU changes.
For the exterior the tuner is offering a new fiber front spoiler, grille with no badge, trunk lid spoiler and rear diffuser, all made in carbon fiber. The car sits on a new set of 20" wheels combined with sport springs and adjustable shock absorbers that will lower the car’s ride by 30mm. The interior will add different carbon fiber elements and aluminum pedals.
Mercedes did a very interesting move with the new C63 AMG Black Series models. They have first unveiled the coupe version and kept the sedan version for a later date. A few days ago we brought you a series of spy shots of the C63 AMG Black Series Sedan testing around the Nurburgring track. Based on those spy shots and taking details from the coupe version we came up with this rendering. Do you like it?
The Black Series sedan will be featuring the same design language as the coupe model: a modified front spoiler and wider fenders, AMG sports bucket seats, black Dinamica microfiber upholstery on the center panels of the seats and doors, an AMG performance steering wheel and much more. The engine will also remain unchanged: a 6.3 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 510 HP and 457 lb-ft of torque. Bad news is that top speed will still be limited to 155 mph.
When the C63 AMG Black Series Coupe was unveiled at the Formula 1 German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring in July 2011, many marveled at the spectacular design, the technology transfer from the world of motorsport, and the excellent driving dynamics. What some may have groaned about was the lack of space in the back. Wipe those tears, folks. Mercedes is finalizing the Sedan version of the sports car, as apparent in these recent spy shots. The new C63 AMG Black Series Sedan has been caught testing with a more aggressive design and, of course, more interior room, especially in the back seat.
Like with the coupe version, the sedan version will be powered by a 6.3 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 510 HP and 457 lb-ft of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4.2 seconds, while top speed will be limited to 155 mph.
As for the exterior design, it will get a big deep front spoiler and wider fenders, while the interior will benefit from AMG sports bucket seats, black Dinamica microfiber upholstery on the center panels of the seats and doors, an AMG performance steering wheel, and more.
It seems that Mercedes is headed towards some dark days now that they are facing a class action suit due to alleged defects in the M156 V8 motor. Reports coming in are stating that there seems to be a premature wear that occurs as a result of the material used in the camshafts. Let’s break it down a bit more.
Mercedes’ V8 AMG engines have cast nodular iron camshafts, but the valve lifters are made of 9310 grade steel. The complaint is that this combination of materials is contributing to premature wear of the M156 motors. This can be due to improper heat treating of the metals or improper offset. Seems like an easy fix, but the problem is that the company has known about this issue since 2007 when a service bulletin was released by Daimler, but the company has failed to take action on the matter.
This 6.2 liter V8 engine is used in models such as the C63 AMG Coupe, the ML63 AMG, and the SLS AMG supercar. In these vehicles, it can develop between 450 to 570 HP.
At this time, there is only one plaintiff who is alleging financial losses of about $25,000. Sometimes tells us this is going to snowball into many, many more people coming forward with the same problem. We’ll keep you posted as more details surface.
Renntech needs no introduction; they’re works on Mercedes vehicles speak for themselves. That’s why it doesn’t really strike us as different when the US-based tuning company comes out with a new program for the German automaker.
One of the most popular programs the company has is their new widebody conversion kit for the C63 AMG. It’s drawn immediate praise from a lot of people from all over the world, even as far as Russia. All of this popularity and the Mercedes doesn’t even get any performance upgrades. This we just had to see.
As far as Renntech’s widebody kit for C63 AMG is concerned, it comes with plenty of bold styling, refined aerodynamics, increased down force, and improved handling, thanks in large part to an extensive widebody conversion kit on the front and rear, as well as a new rear diffuser package with end tips.
The powertrain figures remain the same, which means that the C63 AMG still has a 6.3-liter 90-degree DOHC V8 engine that produces 457 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque.
In case you’re interested in Renntech’s new widebody aerodynamic package for the C63 AMG, you’ll need to shell out $3,750 to get the entire bells and whistles. Unfortunately, that price doesn’t include the C63 AMG itself.
Mercedes Formula One drivers, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, joined the slew of people in Frankfurt to unveil the new DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupe. The new DTM AMG is based off of the new Mercedes C-Class Coupe and will be used for the 2012 racing season.
Prior to the unveiling of the new DTM AMG, Mercedes released a teaser video showing Gary Paffett as he explained the key differences between the 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé and the current DTM AMG Mercedes C-Class. The main differences between the two - summed up of course - are larger wheels, a huge rear wing, and the fact that the DTM is now a three-door coupe. Now that the 2012 DTM AMG has been officially unveiled, we can add a couple of other features to the list of changes. The 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes features a state-of-the-art carbon fiber monocoque with a roll cage constructed of high strength steel. For better protection against the dangers of an accident, the car has been equipped with a fire extinguisher and a fuel tank that has been incorporated into the monocoque. Each DTM model is also equipped with six energy-absorbing crash structures providing the driver additional protection on the front, rear, and sides of the vehicle.
UPDATE 03/06/2012: David Coulthard, former Formula One race car driver and now DTM race car driver, explains the technology behind the new 2012 DTM AMG car. He compared the 2011 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Class with the new 2012 DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupe. To find out which one is the best, take a look at the video!
Hit the jump to see what the crew had to say about the 2012 Mercedes C-Class Coupe DTM AMG. Full story
Sometimes even better just isn’t enough. Take the recently unveiled Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series, for instance. Anyone would love to have this sleek and speedy Merc ready and willing to cruise down the streets in utmost style. Of course, then there are those people that feel a car like this should be ready for the track and not parked in the garage awaiting the next trip to the grocery store. For those people, we give you the C63 AMG Black Series with Track Package as it takes a trip around the Nurburgring trying to avoid our savvy spy photographers.
From the images provided, it is clear that the C63 AMG Black Series is loaded with track oriented goodies like the fixed rear wing, a functionally tuned front splitter made of genuine carbon fiber, and carbon fiber flics located on the front apron, and carbon fiber side skirts. We can only imagine that some lightweight parts have also been added to make it more track oriented. These features not only increase the lift at the front and rear axle, they also optimize the vehicle’s aerodynamic balance.
Previous reports have stated that the AMG Track Package will include sports tires, size 255/35 R 19 for the front and 285/30 R 19, developed exclusively for this model, active rear-axle transmission cooling, and a radiator located in the rear apron that allows the airflow to pass through it effectively.
As for the engine, we must sadly report that, as of right now, it remains unchanged. The 6.3 liter V8 engine will still deliver a total of 510 HP and a peak torque of 457 lbs-ft, allowing the vehicle a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.2 seconds. It’s not weak performance by any stretch, but a little more power for the track would have been music to our ears.
Stay tuned as we bring more details on the Mercedes C63 AMG Track Package!
The new Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupe has just recently been revealed and there are already first images and details on the model equipped with the AMG Track Package and AMG Aerodynamics package - two packages that will add even more sportiness to the car.
The AMG Track Package includes sports tires, size 255/35 R 19 for the front and 285/30 R 19, developed exclusively for this model, active rear-axle transmission cooling, and a radiator located in the rear apron that allows the airflow to pass through it effectively. The Aerodynamics package includes the front carbon fiber canards (aka "flics") which are made of genuine carbon fiber and located on the front apron. This package also includes a functionally tuned front splitter made of genuine carbon fiber and a fixed carbon-fiber rear aerofoil with an adjustable blade. Both components not only increase the lift at the front and rear axle, they also optimize the vehicle’s aerodynamic balance.
The rest remains unchanged. The 6.3 liter V8 engine will still deliver a total of 510 HP and a peak torque of 457 lbs-ft, allowing the vehicle a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.2 seconds.
In the modern age many models have been adorned with engines that feature turbochargers or superchargers in the pursuit of greater efficiency and higher speeds . Now with gas hovering close to $4 a gallon Mercedes Benz has carved their own path to introduce emissions reducing methods in addition to raising fuel efficiency . Mercedes Benz’s AMG division latest 5.5 liter V8 follows this automotive pied piper. This engine which makes its debut in the 2012 Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG will feature cylinder deactivation. This system according to Car and Driver" Cylinders 2, 3, 5, and 8 will deactivate depending on speed and engine load, but we’re told the engine will be able to run up to 3600 rpm in four-cylinder mode; if a changeover is required, it takes just 30 milliseconds to fire up the cylinders again." In order to save further fuel this engine is fitted with a start/stop system. But for don’t think for a minute it will become a sluggish elderly golf cart.
This engine even with all these efficiency adjustments this 5.5 liter V8 power plant pumps out a throaty 422 horsepower and a 398 ft/lbs of torque. This is a healthy 62 hp and 22 ft/lbs of torque increase over the outgoing SLK 55 AMG . The bad news is that if this is slotted into the next C63 it will represent a significant power reduction of 31 horsepower and 45 lbs/ft of torque.
We see this as a step forward for Mercedes and perhaps the beginning of the end for the big engined AMG Mercedes. Perhaps, this is the beginning of a new level of performance that turns away from V17 monster that runs on baby seal towards a more balanced car.