Mercedes C63 AMG Keeps the Naturally-Aspirated V8 Engine
naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine with its large displacement of 6,208
cc develops 451 hp at 6,500 rpm and attains a peak torque of 443 lb-ft at 5,000
rpm. The 2012 C63 AMG retains its predecessor's position as the top performing
model in its segment with 0 to 60 acceleration in just 4.4 seconds while the top
speed is 155 mph (electronically regulated).
Under the skin, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG boasts a
wealth of new technology including the AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports
transmission - another advanced feature adopted from the SL63 AMG. This
innovative transmission uses a wet start-up clutch in place of a traditional
torque converter to deliver a much more efficient, agile and direct response.
Fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced thanks to the "Controlled
Efficiency" mode and a new power steering pump.
The AMG Speedshift MCT
7-speed sports transmission impresses with its exceptional flexibility: with
four driving modes as well as rev-matching and RACE START functions, it delivers
comfortable shifts around town as well as instant response in high performance
driving situations. The Controlled Efficiency "C" mode is programmed to provide
smooth, comfortable upshifts while maintaining the lowest possible engine speed
to help maximize fuel efficiency. The "S", "S+" and "M" modes deliver increased
agility through fast, responsive gear changes and higher revs. Gear changes in
the "S+" and "M" modes take just 0.1 seconds.
AMG Development Package
for the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Even more dramatic performance is
available with the optional AMG Development Package offering 481 hp and a 0-60
mph acceleration time of 4.3 seconds. The Mercedes- AMG engine experts have
achieved this increase in output thanks to a technology transfer from the SLS
AMG with forged pistons, connecting rods and the lightweight crankshaft all
coming from the gullwing model's engine.
The reduced mass inertia of the components - which are 6.6 pounds lighter
than those of the standard version - allows the naturally aspirated
eight-cylinder engine to rev up with even greater ease and agility. Models
equipped with the Development Package can be identified by the variable intake
manifold painted in titanium grey under the hood, the AMG high-performance
braking system with two-piece front discs and red painted brake calipers at all
four corners, a carbon-fiber spoiler lip on the trunk lid and the AMG
performance steering wheel in premium leather with a unique grip area.
Optimized Suspension, New Steering System
The AMG sports
suspension includes a redesigned front axle, reinforced rear axle and wider
front and rear track has undergone thorough modification and offers greater
driving enjoyment and ride comfort at all times. The new stiffer
elastokinematics, revised axle kinematics with more negative camber and new
rear-axle anti-roll bar with a larger cross-section, result in higher agility
and greater lateral acceleration. Additionally, new spring and damper rates have
optimized both the responsiveness of the suspension as well as the road noise
and tire vibration characteristics.
The AMG speed-sensitive sports
steering with a direct ratio (13.5 : 1) has a redesigned power-steering pump
which contributes to reduced fuel consumption. This new pump only requires
energy when the driver is actually making steering movements. Reliable
deceleration at all times is provided by the AMG high-performance braking system
with internally ventilated and perforated discs all around.
Driver Assistance Systems
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG features
five new driver assistance systems which are already established in the S-Class
flagship model line and the trend-setting CLS. These assistance systems use the
latest camera and sensor technology and are designed to combat common causes of
accidents. They raise the safety of the C-Class to a new level by warning the
driver of a hazard.
- Adaptive Highbeam Assist
- ATTENTION ASSIST
- PARKTRONIC including parking guidance
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Blind Spot Assist
New Generation of Telematics
The C-Class sees the debut of a
new telematics generation which will gradually be introduced in other model
series. Major new features include greater operating convenience, larger
displays, telephone directory transfer via Bluetooth, wireless music streaming
and a USB interface in the center console.
The navigation system of
COMAND Online also has added functions including a 3D display with virtual city
views, eco-routes and the ability to add waypoints along your journey.
C63 AMG - Fast-Track to Best-Seller Status
Launched in the U.S. in
April 2008, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG rapidly established itself within the
performance sedan segment. Over the past three and a half years more than 17,000
AMG enthusiasts world-wide have purchased the C63 AMG. The AMG Development
Package has proven especially popular, with over 30 percent of all the C63 AMG
models delivered in 2010 featuring this attractive option.
market launch for the 2012 C63 AMG Sedan begins in autumn.
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications