Joyous of days my friends! Mercedes has just unveiled the next generation C63 AMG! And from initial information, it is shaping up to be one hell of a car. But can it compete with it’s rivals, mainly the near perfection that is the BMW M3 and the soon to be revealed next generation Audi RS4? Let’s take a closer look.
The C63 comes in two flavors, sedan and estate, with a coupe most likely on the way. From the outside, the C63 really doesn’t separate itself from the regular C-Classes too much. Yes there seems to be a wider stance, bigger wheels, and more aggressive front and rear end, but to the untrained eye this car can be confused with a regular C-Class. This is not a bad thing at all. The new C-Class, in my opinion, is the best looking Benz on the market. The proportions are right, length is nice, and the curves (oh my the curves) are so refreshing. The C63 adds a little bit of aggression, which is never a bad thing.
Performance wise, this car is not A regular C-Class. The C63 will come in 2 flavors, a regular C63 and a C63-S. Both cars are equipped with the same 4.0 liter, twin-turbo V8 engine. However the regular C63 produces only 470hp and 480 lb/ft of torque, while the S packs a ludicrous 503hp and 517lb/ft of torque! To manage all of this power, the C63’s V8’s are mated to a new 7-Speed automatic transmission. The regular C63 comes with a mechanical locking diff, while the S comes with a electronic diff. The 450hp in the last C63 was nuts on its own, this takes it to a whole new level. And yes, before you ask it is still RWD, though plans for AWD are not out of the picture. Which means you will still be able to whip this thing around a corner, smiling and in a cloud of tire smoke. And because this is AMG, you can be almost certain that this car will be a feast for the ears.
Interior wise, Mercedes really didn’t do much to differentiate the C63 from the regular C-Class. Materials are different, more carbon fiber and two-tone leather, as are the seats and steering wheel. But over all, the excellent C-Class interior remains untouched design wise. The interior design complements the exterior very nicely with the curve design. All the usual toys are here as well. In short, C63’s interior looks pretty good.
So will this new C63 be up for the fight against the M3? Well, it’s hard to tell right now. The C63-S has more power and torque and is touted to hit 60 in 4.0s. The M3 has less power, but hit’s 60 in about 4.0s as well. The M3 is a balanced car; the C63 probably will not be such. The bigger engine in the front will probably make this car front heavy, which means that handling will be compromised on a bit. But, these are all assumptions off numbers on a piece of paper. We will truly know everything about the C63 when it’s available later this year. Expect prices to be around $70,000.