The all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
is a blast to drive, so the upcoming AMG variant should be an absolute hoot. Prototypes for the car have been spotted wearing the least camouflage gear we’ve seen yet, which means an auto show debut can’t be far.
The AMG variant of the latest C-Class is expected to retain the C63 AMG moniker, although instead of the current model’s 6.2-liter V-8 the 2015 C63 AMG is expected to downsize to a 4.0-liter V-8 aided by a pair of turbochargers. Power and torque should rise above the current model’s 451 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, while fuel consumption should drop.
Also benefiting mileage and performance will be the lighter and more rigid MRA platform
underpinning the car. The MRA is Mercedes’ new modular platform designed for everything from the size of the C-Class up.
Other features of the 2015 C63 AMG will be an AMG SPEEDSHIFT seven-speed transmission and AMG DRIVE UNIT, the latter allowing owners to modify many of the vehicle’s settings, from the speed of gear shifts to the suspension stiffness. The new car is also expected to retain a rear-wheel-drive setup in the U.S. despite AMG’s recent moves to make the E63 AMG and S63 AMG models all-wheel-drive as standard here.
As for styling, look for a similar design to that found on the latest E63 AMG
. Key elements will be an A-wing front splitter, gaping intakes in the lower bumper, light alloy wheels, chunky brake discs, a trunk lid spoiler, and an integrated rear diffuser housing quad-exhaust tips.
In addition to this C63 AMG sedan, a C63 AMG ‘Estate’ wagon variant
is also in the works and likely some two-door variants as well. And yes, there will be a new Black Series model at some point
Look for a debut later this year._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.