2015 Mercedes C-Class With AMG Accessories
Mercedes has released details on new body accessories for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and they look to add C63-style visual flair to the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport 4MATIC and AMG Line models with six new exterior parts. The visual garnish will be sold on the German market, and there are currently no details on availability outside Germany.
AMG is Mercedes’ racing tuning division, so the new pieces appropriately add a good deal of performance intent to the already sporty luxury four-door. The new kit was created specifically for those looking for a model that looks quicker than the regular C-Class, but is still a bit tamer to drive than the big-power 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63. A poser, basically.
The parts only affect the way the C-Class looks, leaving good enough alone in the cabin space and drivetrain. But the real question is – does it work?
Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes C-Class With AMG Accessories.
2015 Mercedes C-Class With AMG Accessories
0-60 time:6 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:155 mph (Est.)
In its most basic form, the C-Class is a solid mix of sportiness and refinement. Up front is a prominent three-pointed-star badge set in a large central grille, below which smaller air intakes are stylized to appear aggressive. The long hood line angles steeply into the windshield, while the flanks show two creases, one high and one low, that lead the eyes toward the front fender. The roofline falls into the short rear end gradually, insinuating coupe-like proportions. The view from the back is high and taut, with rounded lines that make the overhang appear short. Large wheels fill the fender wells.
It’s a look that suggests sporting intent without shouting it. It’s exciting, but comfortable as a four-door package without going full-on luxury barge like larger Mercedes models.
It’s a look that suggests sporting intent without shouting it. It’s exciting, but comfortable as a four-door package without going full-on luxury barge like larger Mercedes models. It appears to strike a balance between performance and ease, offering the best of both worlds.
Equipped with AMG accessories, this look is clearly shoved off the fence and into the land of the checkered flag. Starting things off is the black AMG front splitter, which strengthens the car’s already sharp chin. Moving to the sides, we see sill-extenders that seem the underline the profile like smeared anti-glare grease under the eyes of a football player. There is also an AMG tear-off edge, plus additional AMG rear flics in the corners of the rear bumper. The backside is finished with an AMG rear apron with a diffuser-type look framing the twin polished exhaust tips.
If you really want to go full starting grid, you can also add a wedge-shaped AMG sport strip decal that starts at the headlights and runs down the sides below the door handles.
Each part is created using thermoforming technology (basically high-end plastic production) and finished in high-gloss black. The finish means no further painting is required, and the parts were designed for quick and easy installation.
While the AMG accessories are relegated to just the exterior of the car, the interior of the C-Class is still nicely appointed with a mix of sportiness and luxury. The seats are highly bolstered, but come covered in a mix of Artico man-made leather and an Alcantara-like microfiber called Dinamica. The stitching is in an offset red coloring. The three-spoke steering wheel has a flat bottom and gets wrapped in Nappa leather. A color display sits high on the center dash.
It’s a lot of what you’d get on the over-the-top C63, but in a mid-tier package that hasn’t crossed fully into the realm of four-door axe murderer.
The drivetrain is also untouched with this package. Under the hood of the C450 AMG 4MATIC is a 3.0-liter V-6 powerplant with two turbochargers that pumps out a total of 367 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Channeling the power is a seven-speed automatic transmission equipped with multiple drive settings. A permanent AWD system comes standard, with up to 67 percent of torque sent to the rear wheels. Properly motivated, the car can hit 60 mph in just under 5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.
Meanwhile, the AMG Line models take the standard C-Class and throws on a new bodykit and larger wheels, allowing it to properly show off the featured AMG accessories.
The AMG accessories are priced individually, allowing customers to pick and choose which parts to install: the front splitter is 560 euros ($613), the side-sill extensions are 790 euros ($865), the tear-off edge is 350 euros ($383), the rear apron trim is 560 euros ($613), the additional rear flics are 220 euros ($241), and the sport strip decal is 200 euros ($219). Get the whole shebang and you’re looking at a 2,680-euro ($2,934) body kit.
Interested buyers can check with local dealers to get theirs. Thanks to the components’ simple design, Mercedes says certified dealers need only 90 minutes to install the front splitter, rear apron trim, side sills and rear flics.
Mercedes also says a corresponding offer will be available for the C-Class station wagon and coupe by the end of the year, with additional offers scheduled for more body styles following in 2016. You can check out all the new AMG accessories on a touch screen monitor at the Mercedes booth at the upcoming International Motor Show in Frankfurt (September 15th through 27th).
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I know what Mercedes is doing here. Throw on a few plastic body kit trimmings, brand it with the company’s tuning division, and call it day. It’s worked before, so why wouldn’t it work again?
I can’t help but condemn this as yet another “all-show, no-go” poser package.
So many reasons. But the worst problem I have with these accessories is that they just don’t look very good. The parts make the C-Class look tacky, like an eBay special without the discount eBay price. The worst offenders are the side-sill extensions and that garish decal running down the flanks. In my opinion, the car looks much better in stock form, without the glue-on performance knick-knacks.
I could overlook these problems if there was a little something to back up the look. Maybe a new exhaust, sportier springs, stickier tires – hell, even better brake pads would go toward justifying what this kit does to the C-Class’ exterior. As is, I can’t help but condemn this as yet another “all-show, no-go” poser package.
Not that Mercedes is the only make that does this kind of thing. BMW is also guilty, known for throwing copious M badges on the open sheet metal of any model that might see full throttle once or twice in its lifetime.
The result is a watered-down perception of what letters like AMG and M actually mean, because in the end, these models are about looking fast, rather than actually going fast. But if looking “racy” is enough to prompt you to drop an extra $3K for your C-Class, then by all means – I’m sure you won’t be alone.