• The 2015 Mercedes C63 AMG has finally landed

The C63 is up for a facelift and we’re finally getting a first look at the prototype

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AMG began meddling with the C-Class in 1995 — one year after the C-Class debuted — when it released the C36 AMG and its 268-horsepower V-6. The 1998 model year brought about the release of the C43 AMG, which featured a larger V-8 engine rated at 302 ponies. AMG then followed that up with the 349-horsepower C32 AMG in 2002, and then with the 362-horsepower C55 AMG in 2005. Finally, in 2008, the C63 AMG sent the sedan into 450-horsepower territory with a huge 6.2-liter V-8 tweaked to generate 451 horses. With the standard 2015 C-Class having arrived in dealerships in early 2014, Mercedes-Benz is rolling out a brand-new iteration of the AMG-prepped C63.This time around dubbed Mercedes-AMG C63, with the Germans dropping the Benz moniker from the official name, the new-generation vehicle marks the beginning of a new era for the sedan.

Much like its predecessor did in 2008, the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 gets a brand-new engine in the form of a biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8. The unit is identical with the one previously launched in the AMG GT sports car and comes not with just more horsepower, but with improved fuel efficiency as well. Read on for the full details surrounding AMG’s new high-performance compact.

Update 5/26/2017:The Mercedes C-Class is up for a mid-cycle update, and now we’re finally getting the first look at the facelifted version of the C63. The spy shots still show some camo, but give us an idea of what to expect later this year when the updated C-Class makes its debut. Check out the spy shots section below to hear about what we know so far.

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2018 Facelift Spy Shots

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Looking at the front of this mule, it’s impossible not to realize that there’s a new grille in the works to go with a revised fascia. It’s quite possible that Mercedes will follow the same logic as it did with the GLC63 and GLC63 coupe and give the AMG versions of the C-Class that new Panamericana grille. Furthermore, expect to see new headlight lenses and a slightly tweaked fascia that will likely include slightly larger corner vents and a reshaped air dam. The will be no changes to the side profile of the C63, but in the rear expect to see new taillight lenses and a slightly tweaked rear fascia.

Beyond the skin, the updated C63 should get a new instrument cluster with cleaner-looking gauges. The infotainment system will likely carry over but should see a software update to provide better usability and graphics. Finally, a new touchpad to control that infotainment system will also make its way into the updated C63. I wouldn’t expect to see any engine updates as part of this facelift, but we wouldn’t blame you if you were hoping to see a minor bump in power – after all, more is always better, right?


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While I agree the new C63 is not as aggressive as its predecessor, I feel the need to congratulate the Germans for making the sedan more emotional and dynamic

The 2015 C-Class is arguably one of the most balanced and beautiful sedans on the market. Granted, with the AMG package in place, things have gotten way better styling-wise. While I agree the new C63 is not as aggressive as its predecessor, I feel the need to congratulate the Germans for making the sedan more emotional and dynamic. The added AMG parts don’t just make the C-Class look more muscular, but they change the vehicle’s character completely. It’s still a C-Class, but at the same time, it’s more than just a beefed-up sedan. It’s classy and graceful, something you don’t get to see when you’re looking at the BMW M4.

Moving right to the point, the C63’s exterior is enhanced by means of a brand-new aerodynamic kit, mainly consisting of reshaped front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, a new front grille pattern, and "V8 Biturbo" and "AMG" lettering. Not exactly visible at first glance, the sedan’s front end has also been lengthened by 2.1 inches, while the new aluminum front wings add an extra 0.5 inches on each side. The latter feat allowed AMG to widen the car’s track as well. Other highlights include a motorsport-inspired rear diffuser with three fins, chrome-plated, quad-exhaust tips, and an integrated trunk-lid spoiler.

All told, the new Mercedes-AMG C63 is by far the most enticing sedan the C-Class family has spawned so far.


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AMG managed to take the C-Class' luxurious cabin up a notch by working on the small details

The 2015 C-Class already boasts a sporty and luxurious interior, leaving very little room for improvement. However, AMG managed to take it up a notch by working on the small details. The dashboard is covered by black, hand-crafted leather with Crystal Grey stitching. That’s a feat you can’t get in the standard C-Class and it works well with the aluminum trim and the AMG-exclusive analogue clock. You’ll also notice there’s an AMG Dynamic Select switch next to the touchpad.

Behind the three-spoke Performance steering wheel, customers will also find bespoke carbon-look dials, with a speedometer that goes all the way up to 200 mph. I know the factory AMG C63 isn’t supposed to get there, but it might come in handy once the speed limiter is removed. As with all AMGs, the C63 is also fitted with a set of leather-wrapped sports seats. These come in ARTICO, hand-made leather and Dinamica microfiber, and give the occupants increased lateral grip and a lower seating position. Naturally, Mercedes-AMG will offer a bevy of options that can be tailored to individual preferences.


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Gone is the familiar, naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 powering the beefed-up C-Class since 2008, now replaced by a more powerful, yet more fuel-efficient biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8

The big news under the AMG C63’s front hood is a brand-new engine. Gone is the familiar, naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8 powering the beefed-up C-Class since 2008, now replaced by a more powerful, yet more fuel-efficient biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8. This 4.0-liter powerplant comes in two guises; the one offered with the base AMG C63 delivers 476 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, while the unit fitted in the AMG C63 S churns 510 ponies and 516 pound-feet.

While both sedans come with a top speed of 155 mph, there’s a slight acceleration difference between them. Specifically, the S model is 0.1 seconds faster than the regular AMG C63, needing four seconds to reach 62 mph from a standing start. The "lesser" sedan achieves the same benchmark in 4.1 seconds.

Both versions of the Mercedes-AMG C63 come with AMG’s multi-clutch, Speedshift MCT, seven-speed automatic transmission, which helps deliver some impressive fuel-economy numbers. The C63 consumes 8.2 liters of gasoline for each 100 km, while the C63 S needs 8.4 liters to cover the same distance. That’s about 28.6 and 28 U.S. mpg on the combined cycle, respectively, but we’re still waiting for the EPA to release its official figures.

As far as options go, AMG offers a performance exhaust system with three switchable exhaust flaps. Available on both engines, it comes with a “Comfort” mode in which the engine is quieter, and “Sport +” and “Race” modes for drivers in need of a dominant, race-like, V-8 sound.

Drivetrain Specifications

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Mercedes-AMG C 63
Displacement 3982 cm3 3982 cm3
Power 503 HP @ 5500-6250 RPM 469 HP @ 5500-6250 RPM
Max. torque 516 LB-FT @ 1750-4500 RPM 479 LB-FT @ 1750-4500 RPM
Fuel consumption NEDC combined 8.4-8.2 l/100 km(8.6-8.4 l/100 km) 8.2 l/100 km(8.4 l/100 km)
CO2 emissions 195-192 g/km (200-196 g/km) 192 g/km (196 g/km)
Efficiency class E (E) E(E)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (Estate) 4.0 (4.1) s 4.1 (4.2) s
Top speed 155 mph 155 mph


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Keeping the C63 sedan on its best behavior is AMG's Ride Control sport suspension with three-stage adjustable damping

Keeping the C63 sedan on its best behavior is AMG’s Ride Control sport suspension with three-stage adjustable damping. The independent suspension is built mostly of aluminum and features dynamic-oriented kinematics, electronically controlled shock absorbers, and AMG-specific elastokinematics. While that may sound fancy, there’s no need to look for those words in the dictionary. The system comprises a four-link suspension up front and a multi-link unit on the rear, which can be set between three different stages for either optimum long-distance comfort or maximum sporting performance. Specifically, if you need to travel 500 miles to put your AMG C63 through its paces on the Laguna Seca race course, don’t look for a trailer. This sedan can provide as much highway comfort as it can deliver track performance.

The intricate suspension system isn’t the only advanced feature sitting under the C63’s body. There’s also a rear locking differential, a three-stage ESP, and a precise, speed-sensitive sport steering. Stopping power is provided by motorsport-based, radially mounted brakes, with a ceramic-composite system available as an option for the C63 S model.


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Model Price
Mercedes-AMG C63 $63,900
Mercedes-AMG C63 S $71,900



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The BMW M3, the C63’s traditional high-performance competitor, was completely redesigned for the 2015 model year. Sporting a new styling that doesn’t stray too far from Munich’s traditional recipe and a revamped interior, the new M3 is as fresh as it gets. Just like the AMG, BMW opted to introduce a smaller engine, by ditching the familiar 4.4-liter V-8. But unlike Mercedes, who remained true to the eight-banger, BMW went for a turbocharged, 3.0-liter, inline-six unit.

Although some may argue the M3 has lost its sexy exhaust note in the process, the turbo l-6 is no slouch. The six-banger delivers 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque to the wheels of a sedan that’s lighter than its predecessor. The power is routed to the wheels through either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic, with the latter enabling the M3 to charge from 0 to 62 mph in as little as 4.1 seconds — 4.3 seconds with the manual transmission). The M3 returns 26 mpg on the highway. Already available in dealerships, the M3 starts from $62,000.

Cadillac ATS-V

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Cadillac’s smallest sedan yet is joining the high-performance compact party for the 2016 model year. Unlike both its German competitors, the ATS-V is set to receive rather different styling when compared to its milder brother, starting with a completely new front grille. Cadillac is upping the ante towards separating its regular and performance vehicles from a visual point of view, and the ATS-V is among the first to benefit from the new strategy.

Details are still under wraps as of September 2014, but we expect the ATS-V sedan to carry a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter, V-6 powerplant under its hood. The mill is likely to generate more than 430 ponies and 440 pound-feet of torque, giving it enough oomph to compete with similar offerings from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.


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We knew the new AMG C63 was going to be a blast as soon as we saw the redesigned, 2015 C-Class. And AMG didn’t disappoint, delivering a sedan that blends the muscular looks and the luxurious interior of the standard vehicle with the aggressive bits and pieces and the thundering performance Affalterbach is known to deliver for decades. What’s more, the C63 also promises to return outstanding fuel economy considering its output figures, a feat that’s highly important in today’s market. The high-performance compact segment will definitely be a happier place to compete in starting 2015, and the AMG C63 is a player we need to keep our eyes on. With BMW, Audi, Cadillac and most likely Jaguar to join the battle, AMG’s new weapon will have plenty of reasons to showcase its new skills.

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    • No manual transmission

Update History

Updated 03/30/2015: Mercedes announced prices for the new C63 and C63 S models which will go on sale in April. Prices will start from $63,900 for the C63 sedan and from $71,900 for the C63 S sedan version.

Updated 09/24/2014: Mercedes has released all the important details on the new 2015 C63 AMG.

Updated 06/04/2014: We’ve created a very cool rendering for the upcoming C63 AMG. Check the details after the jump.

Updated 09/18/2014: Mercedes officially confirmed that the all-new C63 AMG will continue to be offered with an eight-cylinder engine. We’re talking about an all-new 4.0-litre V-8 Biturbo engine with an output increased to up to 510 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

Updated 09/23/2014: Mercedes unveiled the first official images on its new C63 AMG and C63 AMG S through its German website. Check them out after the jump.

First images

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The differences between the C63 AMG and the base C-Class should include a new front grille with a single bar and new air intakes. We also expect to see larger wheels and slightly reworked headlamps, based on the most recent spy shots. Finally, there is the Turbo badge on the side instead of "6.3," considering that the new engine will likely be a turbocharged 4.4-liter instead of the 6.3-liter in the current-gen C63 AMG.

Spy Shots

March 6, 2014 - Mercedes C63 AMG Starts To Strip

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March 10, 2014 - Mercedes C63 AMG Station Wagon caught testing

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As expected, when compared to a base C-Class, the C63 AMG version will get a more powerful and muscular appearance, with a wider body and lower suspension.

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Press Release

Pure fascination and breathtaking dynamics – the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 sets benchmarks. The high-tech drive, the signature AMG handling and the high level of individuality in equipment choices guarantee an utterly unique driving experience. The top model in the C-Class line-up is driven by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine closely related to the power unit that provides breathtaking propulsion in the Mercedes-AMG GT. The power spectrum ranges from 350 kW (476 hp) in the C 63 to 375 kW (510 hp) in the C 63 S. With an unrivalled fuel consumption figure of just 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined), the C 63 is the most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder car in the high-performance segment. The extensive range of standard equipment includes the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, the mechanical rear locking differential and the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programmes. The highly exclusive “Edition 1” is available from market launch.

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Dynamics plus long-distance comfort – as a sports saloon and high-performance estate car, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 offers compelling engine data with exceptionally low consumption figures, outstanding longitudinal and lateral dynamics and a high level of everyday usability. The interior and exterior design is more distinctive than ever before.

The V8 top model in the C-Class is available in a choice of four variants – the saloon and the estate are both offered as the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S and C 63, with the C 63 S set up for even more dynamic handling and performance. The Mercedes-AMG C 63 celebrates its world premiere on 2 October 2014 together with the show premiere of the Mercedes-AMG GT at the Salon de l’Automobile in Paris. Market introduction begins in February 2015 with the more powerful C 63 S Saloon with 375 kW (510 hp). The C 63 with 350 kW (476 hp) and the C 63 S Estate will follow in April 2015.

“We are also marking the beginning of a new era with the new nomenclature. The successor to the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG, which has been incredibly successful worldwide, will now be called the Mercedes-AMG C 63,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “At 40,000 units, the 204 C 63 AMG was the bestselling AMG model. We will now add to this success with the new Mercedes-AMG C 63. Be it in drive, handling or equipment, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 sets new benchmarks and will further strengthen our brand promise ‘Driving Performance’. AMG customers can look forward to an exceptionally dynamic driving experience.”

Best in fuel consumption, best in performance

The C 63 is at the forefront of the competitive field. The new high-performance vehicles from Affalterbach are the only ones in the segment to be equipped with an eight-cylinder biturbo engine. The result is sporty power delivery and a highly emotional engine sound – a signature of the AMG brand. Drivers benefit from unrivalled performance delivered by a supreme level of power and torque. The C 63 S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds and the C 63 in 4.1 seconds (Estate: 4.1 and 4.2 seconds respectively). The top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited). Power-to-weight ratios of 3.4 kg/hp (C 63 S) and 3.6 kg/hp (C 63) likewise put the new AMG V8 top models at the head of the rankings.

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“Naturally, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 is once again powered by an eight-cylinder engine. The passionate power delivery and highly emotional sound of our 4.0-litre V8 biturbo are truly compelling. At the same time, we are maintaining our leading role in the core issue of efficiency. No other high-performance V8 automobile is more fuel efficient than the new C 63,” says Christian Enderle, Head of Development Engine and Drivetrain at Mercedes‑AMG GmbH.

The C 63 not only holds the top position in terms of engine data and performance, it also sets new benchmarks in fuel consumption. With a figure of 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined, equating to 192 CO2 g/km), the high-performance car from Affalterbach demonstrates exceptional efficiency that puts it at the top of the segment. And it does not stop there – the C 63 is the most fuel-efficient eight-cylinder, high-performance vehicle in the world. It achieves a remarkable decrease in fuel consumption compared with the preceding C 63 AMG. The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 consumes around 32 percent less fuel than its direct predecessor with the 6.3-litre V8 naturally aspirated engine – while delivering even more performance and the emotional sound that is a signature of the AMG V8.

New V8 biturbo closely related to the engine in the Mercedes-AMG GT

This impressive efficiency improvement is rooted in the new drive package. The M177 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, the newest member of the BlueDIRECT engine family, is a close relative of the M178, which is the sports-car heart of the new Mercedes-AMG GT. The innovative eight-cylinder is notable for its outstanding power delivery, targeted lightweight design, high efficiency and environmental compatibility. It also fulfils the highest standards in terms of noise and vibration comfort.
The newly developed eight-cylinder features biturbocharging, whereby the two chargers are not located on the outside of the cylinder banks, but instead, within the cylinder V – specialists refer to this as the “hot inside V”. The benefits are compact engine dimensions, optimum responsiveness and low exhaust emissions.

Petrol piezo direct injection with spray-guided combustion

Mixture preparation is handled by the petrol piezo direct injection system used exclusively by Mercedes. The third generation of the spray-guided combustion process has been developed to meet all future legislative requirements. The highly efficient and clean 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine fulfils the Euro 6 emissions standard, including the rules pertaining to maximum particulate emissions that do not come into effect until 2016. A sophisticated engine cooling system ensures high performance even at ambitious race-track speeds.

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Performance exhaust system available as an option

Fascination, emotionality and immediate recognition – engine sound is an important development objective. The C 63 and C 63 S feature a sports exhaust system with exhaust flap. Depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programme, the engine sound varies between low-key for long-distance travel and raw emotionality. The exhaust flap is located in the front third, at the interface between the two pipes. Its infinitely variable actuation is controlled on the basis of the drive programme, performance wishes of the driver and engine speed.

A Performance exhaust system with three switchable exhaust flaps is available as an option for both engine variants. It provides the driver with an even greater spread. In the “Comfort” drive programme, the engine is quieter and more comfortable, while, in “Sport +” and “Race”, the V8 sound is even more dominant and evocative of a race touring car – complete with acoustic up-shift and distinctive double de-clutching feedback. In addition to setting it via the drive programme, the engine sound can also be set individually at any time at the push of a button.

C 63 S comes as standard with dynamic engine mounts

A further new feature of the C 63 S that is unique in the competitive field is the dynamic engine mounts – as used on the Mercedes-AMG GT. They address the conflict of interest between comfort and handling by reducing vibration from the engine/transmission unit. The dynamic mounts can adapt their stiffness smoothly and in fractions of a second to the prevailing driving conditions and style. Soft engine mounts improve comfort by better decoupling noise and vibration. Handling and agility, on the other hand, benefit from slightly stiffer mounts. When driving dynamically, the driver feels more closely connected to the vehicle as a result of increased feedback, while steering response is more direct. The driver benefits overall from a more precise driving feel. Minimized movement of the drivetrain mass calls for less correction on turn-in.

Engine production by hand – “one man, one engine”

Powerful V8 engines have always been one of the competencies of AMG, the Mercedes-Benz performance brand. Mercedes-AMG GmbH is fully responsible for development and production. The 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine is manufactured in the Affalterbach engine shop in accordance with the “one man, one engine” principle.

Variable dynamics – the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission

A large part of the direct and sporty character of the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 is attributable to the transmission. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission offers a compelling mix of tailor-made dynamics and exceptional variability. The MCT transmission was extensively redeveloped for application in the C 63 and is now even faster in its reaction times.

Be it automatic or triggered at the steering wheel paddle by the driver, a manual up or down-shift is now noticeably faster than in the last model. The transmission is now significantly more spontaneous in the “Sport +” and manual modes in particular. This increase in responsiveness was enabled by optimisation of the transmission’s hardware and software. Also, the aluminium shift paddles on the Performance steering wheel are now able to transmit the driver’s shift inputs even faster than before, thus further increasing the dynamic feel.

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One look at the drive programmes shows the high variability of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission. The available choices are “Controlled Efficiency”, “Sport” and “Sport +” – as well as “Race”, which is exclusive to the C 63 S. The driver chooses from the various drive programmes with the aid of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch. The “temporary M” function, activated by using the paddles, delivers a further increase in dynamics.

AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension with 3-stage adjustable damping

Fascinating agility, high cornering speeds and optimum neutrality – the C 63 is equipped with independent suspension featuring a high proportion of aluminium, dynamic-oriented kinematics, electronically controlled shock absorbers and AMG-specific elastokinematics. With the AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension, the customer can vary characteristics in three stages between maximum sporting performance and good long-distance comfort.

At the front of the C 63 is a four-link front suspension with motorsport-based radially mounted brakes. Independent steering knuckles and a wider track permit higher lateral acceleration. The multilink rear suspension with independent wheel mounts likewise has a higher negative camber. To improve traction and dynamics, the C 63 has a mechanical locking differential at the rear, while the C 63 S is equipped with an electronic rear locking differential. Both locking differentials reduce slip at the inside wheel without braking input. As a result, the driver can accelerate sooner out of corners and the car maintains its stability when braking at high speed. The locking differential also improves traction when accelerating from a standstill. Compared with the mechanical solution, the benefits of the electronic locking rear differential, which is standard equipment on the C 63 S, are its faster and more finely tuned control, thus pushing the physical limits of the driving envelope even higher. The standard 3-stage ESP® with the functions “ESP ON”, “SPORT Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF” is perfectly networked with the locking rear differential and expertly tuned to the high level of dynamics.

The electromechanical speed-sensitive sport steering ensures precise and agile handling, with the driver benefitting from a direct ratio and optimised response characteristics. It also has variable power assistance, whereby the steering force is adapted relative to the current vehicle speed. The power assistance reacts not only in accordance with vehicle speed, but also in line with current lateral acceleration and the drive programme chosen via AMG DYNAMIC SELECT.
The C 63 runs as standard on titanium grey painted and polished alloy wheels measuring 8.5 x 18 (front) and 9.5 x 18 (rear) in 10-spoke design and clad in 245/40 R 18 tyres (front) and 265/40 R 18 (rear). The tyre dimensions on the C 63 S are 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear) running on alloy wheels measuring 8.5 x 19 (front) and 9.5 x 19 (rear) in 5-twin-spoke design, painted in titanium grey and polished.

A high-performance, ceramic-composite brake system is available for the first time as optional equipment for the C 63 S. Optional sports tyres ensure a noticeable and measurable increase in grip.

AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programmes

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The driver can use four different AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programmes to influence the characteristics of the C 63. The C 63 S has the additional “Race” programme, which enables a maximum level of individualisation. The driver defines the driving experience using a switch to the left of the touchpad. There is a choice of several different pre-configured driving programmes and an “Individual” drive programme, which allows extensive self-configuration.

“Controlled Efficiency” is the balanced drive programme with a comfortable suspension and steering set-up as well as fuel-optimised drivetrain settings – including soft gearshifts and a more restrained engine sound. The “Gliding Function” is completely new and delivers a further reduction in fuel consumption. If the driver lifts off the accelerator between 60 and 160 km/h, the clutch of the MCT transmission opens and the engine is decoupled from the drivetrain. The electronics system reduces the engine revs to idle, and the resistance generated by the compression and frictional forces produced under trailing throttle are reduced.

The “Sport” and “Sport +” drive programmes increase sporting intensity. “Race” is reserved exclusively for the C 63 S and is the optimum setting for ambitious laps on a closed race track.

Form follows performance – the design reflects the technology

Form follows performance – the design of the powerful V8 top model is influenced by motorsport and reflects its fascinating technology. Sensual clarity combines with stylish sporting character – the Mercedes C 63 inspires fascination from the very first glance. From a visual standpoint, the Saloon and Estate are both clearly members of the Mercedes-AMG family. The exteriors of the C 63 and C 63 S are differentiated by specific design elements.

The emotional, sensual surface design of the new C-Class, with its reduced, minimalist forms, now has an added, positive tension that gives it a truly dynamic character. The wider track and powerful eight-cylinder call for a completely standalone front end. The Mercedes-AMG C 63 has aluminium front wings, widened on each side by 14 millimetres and bearing “V8 BITURBO” lettering. The entire front end has also been lengthened by 54 millimetres. In addition, the structure of the body-in-white has been reinforced in specific areas in order to compensate for the extreme longitudinal and transverse forces generated and transmitted by the drivetrain and running gear.

Mercedes-AMG sets clear accents in sporting character, expressed succinctly at the front end – gracing the long aluminium bonnet are two distinctive power domes. Together with the wider wings, they guarantee a particularly muscular look. Positioned low down and with a characteristic arrow form, the “twin blade” radiator grille with AMG lettering lowers the vehicle’s visual centre of gravity.

The “A-wing” takes a three-dimensional form and also serves as an airflow guide for the three cooling air intakes. Flics ensure optimum airflow to the cooling module. Along the lower edge of the front skirt, a front splitter helps to reduce lift.

At the rear end, the diffuser insert with three fins is a feature carried over from motorsport, as are the visual air outlets positioned on either side. They generate defined air separation edges and improve the cd figure. The two chrome-plated twin end pipes of the AMG sport exhaust system are perfectly integrated into the diffuser. The C 63 Saloon has a separation edge on the boot lid, while the estate has a roof spoiler – each of which ensure even better grip at the rear axle.

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Stunning interior design

Every detail in the interior of the C 63 contributes to a stunning overall effect. The careful choice of select, first-class materials, their sumptuous tactile qualities and their precision craftsmanship deliver a sense of quality that is seldom seen even in higher vehicle classes. Like the exterior, the more powerful C 63 S is distinguished from the C 63 on the inside by a number of design details.

The dashboard is finished in black ARTICO man-made leather, with the premium look-and-feel further enhanced by stitching in crystal grey, the wing-like trim element in aluminium and the AMG-exclusive, IWC-design analogue clock (depending on equipment choice). Next to the touchpad is the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch as well as a number of AMG-specific controls, such as the button for the 3-stage RIDE CONTROL sport suspension, the 3-stage ESP® and the optional button for the Performance exhaust system with flap control.

The instrument binnacle and the 3-spoke Performance steering wheel with 12-o’clock mark deliver a dynamically sporty ambience. Equipped with dedicated carbon-look dials, the speedometer scale goes all the way to 320 km/h. Performance seats are also available as an alternative to the standard sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather / DINAMICA microfibre. They give occupants a lower seating position and ensure increased lateral grip due to their more powerfully contoured form.
A range of further optional equipment means the Mercedes-AMG C 63 can be extensively tailored to individual preferences.

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 High Resolution Exterior
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Highest safety levels

The stated aim of Mercedes-Benz is to make the highest level of safety available to all. For this reason, the C-Class features many of the new and extensively enhanced assistance systems that celebrated their world premieres just a few months ago in the S and E-Class. Standard equipment on-board the C 63 includes enhanced drowsiness warning system ATTENTION ASSIST and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, which helps to avoid rear-end collisions. The assistance systems increase both comfort and safety. Mercedes-Benz calls this “Intelligent Drive”. The predecessor to the new C-Class already demonstrated impressive results in terms of passive safety. The new model exceeds these and sets new benchmarks.

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