Mercedes today released details, pictures, and a cool video of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, and it appears to be a finely tuned beast.
As expected, the hot compact coupe, which will be released next summer, will be offered in standard and S models. The Mercedes-AMG twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 will power both versions, making 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in standard form and 503 horses and 516 lb-ft in the S model.
Performance will be breathtaking. Mercedes quotes 0 to 60 mph times of 3.9 seconds for the base model and 3.8 for the S. Both of those numbers are slightly quicker than the C63 sedan because of the coupe's wider tires and shorter gear ratios. Top speeds will be electronically limited to 155 and 180 mph, respectively. The transmission will be Mercedes' AMG SpeedShift MCT 7-speed dual-clutch unit with standard paddle shifters and Dynamic Select mode adjustments.
The suspension will be unique, with wider front and rear track widths than the standard coupe. In fact, the car will be 2.51 inches wider at the front and 2.59 inches wider in the rear. Up front is a four-link suspension with radial, racing-style brake connections and model-specific steering knuckles. The multi-link rear has also been tweaked to offer "highly precise wheel control and increased stiffness." The C63 will have18-inch wheels with 255 series tires up front and 285 series tires in the rear. The AMG Ride Control adjustable suspension will be standard, as will a limited slip differential and dynamic engine mounts.
The body will feature widely flared fenders, LED headlights, and a panoramic sunroof. Only the roof, doors, and trunklid will be shared with the non AMG coupe. While specifics aren't offered, Mercedes says "the body structure has been reinforced in key areas to transfer and compensate for the extreme longitudinal and lateral forces the powertrain and suspension are capable of."
Standard interior features will include microfiber-upholstered front sport seats, heated power front seats with driver memory, satellite radio, a Burmester sound system, keyless access and starting, a 7-inch color center display, and five years of mbrace services, including remote start. Standard safety equipment will consist of a blind spot monitor, Mercedes's Pre-Safe system that readies the car for a crash, and Mercedes' Collision Prevention Assist Plus that can warn the driver of an possible forward collision and apply the brakes to prevent it or mitigate its severity.
Several options will be available as well, including performance seats that offer a lower seating position and more aggressive bolsters. The Premium 2 Package will feature COMAND Navigation & Voice Control with an 8.4-inch display, satellite weather and traffic services, hands-free access, and an electronic trunk closer. The Premium 3 Package will add Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control with steering assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Dynamic LED Headlights, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Air Balance perfume atomizer, a Head-up Display, a 360-degree camera with ParkTronic and Advance Parking Assist, and heated and ventilated seats.
Detailed pricing hasn't been announced, but Mercedes says the C63 Coupe will start in the low $70,000s with the S model in the low $80,000s. More information will be released September 15 when the car is unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show. For more coverage on the German show, head to our dedicated hub.