While it may closely resemble the regular C-Class sedan on which it’s based, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG (virtually identical 2008 model pictured) is a whole different beast. Built by the legendary hands at AMG, the official in-house tuner of Mercedes-Benz, the C63 packs a unique version of the venerable 6.2-liter V-8 found in other AMG models including the SLS AMG supercar, and a host of chassis mods to make it sprint around a track much faster than a regular C-Class ever could.
Starting with the engine, the 6.2-liter is a hand-built unit that’s rated at 451 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It loves to rev and when matched with the quick-shifting seven-speed automatic will rocket the car from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Top speed is a claimed 186 mph.
The only downside is fuel economy, which in this case is 12/19 mpg city/highway. But when you’re having this much fun, who cares?
Note, drive is sent strictly to the rear wheels so if you live in a northern climate the C63 AMG is not the best car to be taking for a spin during the winter months.
The car also gets at trick sports suspension set-up with a custom three-link front axle design. The stiff configuration of the springs and gas-pressure shock absorbers ensures optimal road contact and low body movements when cornering. This is enhanced further by a slightly wider track than the regular C-Class that ensures lower dynamic wheel loads when cornering. Other goodies include 18-inch wheels as standard with 19-inch lightweight alloys coming as an option.
Given all this performance, the C63 AMG doesn’t come cheap. It will come close to $75k once most of the options are ticked (the way most of the cars are ordered), making it almost double the price of the top-end C300 model from the regular C-Class lineup. That is the price you pay for the AMG privilege but it is one that’s certainly worth it as you’ll immediately realize upon hopping behind the wheel.
Note, for buyers wanting a high-performance luxury coupe engineered in Germany, the BMW M3 or Audi S5 is no longer your only choices. Mercedes-Benz is introducing a C63 AMG Coupe
for the 2012 model year, a drive report of which you can read by clicking here
. And if this is still not enough, an even more powerful C63 AMG Coupe Black Series
model has just been revealed and is set to go on sale early next year.
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