Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mercedes C63 AMG Official: 457Hp & 0-100km/h In 4,5 sec

Someone let the dogs out quite earlier than we expected, but hey, that’s totally ok with us. While we’re waiting for the white collar folks down at Stuttgart to finish off eating their mini-wursts so they can upload the press release let’s see what we have beginning with the heart of any sports car. Under that bulgy hood the 2008 C 63 AMG is hiding the same normally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 engine that’s fitted in the CLK 63 AMG, E63 AMG, CLS 63AMG etc. As anticipated, Mercedes detuned the engine in comparison to other AMG models, lowering output to 457Hp. Still though that’s 37Hp more than the that its two German arch rivals, the 2008 BMW M3 and the Audi RS4, both of which are equipped with 420Hp strong V8’s. -Continued: Click “Read More…” below

In terms of maximum torque, the 6.2-litre V8 reaches a whopping 600Nm at 6.000 rpm, but there’s 500Nm of torque available from 2.000 to 6.250 rpm. The C 63 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 4,5 sec (RS4: 4,8 sec, M3: 4,8 sec) while its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

Design-wise and apart from the usual visual treatment with the side skirts, sport bumpers, 18-inch rims etc, Mercedes has equipped the C 63 AMG with a new hood featuring two bulges reminiscent of the ones found on the first-generation SLK roadster. In all, the C 63 AMG is probably the most brutal looking car among the three German sports sedans, but we would have definitely preferred another grille as it reminds us of supped-up Eastern European Mercedes taxis.

Inside, Merc designers were a bit more constrained as the only significant changes seem to concern the “cut” sports steering wheel and the new gauges in the dashboard. We’ll have more on the 2008 C 63 AMG as soon as we get our hands on the high-res pictures and the official press release.


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