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2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Is a (Swift) Departure

2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Is a (Swift) Departure

By Joseph Dobrian, August 21, 2015

Mercedes-Benz has announced a new version of its 2017 C-Class Coupe that will reach new levels of power, performance, and design flair. The 2017 AMG C63 Coupe will feature a higher-tech, more assertive design that increases both its agility and its “wow” factor. Its V-8 engine will pack as many as 503 horsepower.

"The new AMG C63 Coupe embodies our conception of progress: It offers impressive longitudinal and lateral dynamics at an extremely high level along with improved fuel economy," said Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG. "In addition, we are making a bold visual statement with the muscular design. Our customers can therefore experience the progress with each of their senses: seeing, hearing, feeling and, above all, driving!"

The new Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe features an almost totally different exterior from the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. The doors, roof, and trunk lid are the same, but the front and rear axles feature a considerably wider track for a better connection to the road. The AMG coupe is 2.51 in. wider at the front and 2.59 in. wider at the rear compared with the non-AMG version. The front and rear fenders have been redesigned for improved function and aesthetics, and the larger wheel arches accommodate wider tires.

The aluminum hood features two distinctive powerdomes, and the arrow-shaped twin-blade grille with AMG lettering emphasizes the low center of gravity. The redesigned rear end includes a diffuser insert, and two chrome-plated twin tailpipes are integrated into the diffuser.

Under the hood, the 2017 AMG C63 features a 469-horsepower, 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine—or 503 horsepower in the C63 S model. This engine is already used in the C63 Sedan and in the AMG GT S sports car. According to Mercedes, the C63 S Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and the C63 Coupe in 3.9 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph on the C63 Coupe, and 180 mph on the C63 S Coupe.

Another important feature of the new AMG C63 Coupe is an exhaust system with flap technology for variable engine sound: quiet for long-distance driving, or more assertive for situations where the driver feels it’s called for. An option—especially desirable if a BMW M4 pulls up next to the Benz at a stoplight—is the Performance exhaust system, which allows the exhaust note to be modulated at the press of a button.

The 7-speed sport transmission—automatic with shift paddles—is noticeably faster than in previous models, according to Mercedes. The suspension has been completely redesigned for greater agility, and the wider track promises improved stability. The AMG Ride Control suspension features adjustable damping, so the driver can choose the desired degree of sportiness or comfort. The mechanical rear-axle limited-slip differential, or an electronic version on the C63 S Coupe, will reduce the slip on the inside wheel, permitting faster post-cornering acceleration, Mercedes says.

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe will celebrate its world premiere on September 15, 2015 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) and will be available in U.S. dealer showrooms beginning in the summer of 2016.

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