Mercedes C63 AMG: Faster than greased lightning

21 Mar 2011 | 3,785 views | No Comment
Mercedes-Benz has just pulled a fast one again. The fast one in question is the new 2012 C63 AMG Coupe designed by Mercedes-AMG, sibling to the  C63 AMG Sedan. The source of the lightning speed is the  AMG 6.3-liter , 451 horsepower V8 engine in the C63 AMG Coupe,with peak torque of  443 lb-ft. How does  from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is 155 miles per hour.  The car has the AMG speedshift MCT seven speed sports transmission with standard "Controlled Efficiency" mode, and a new power steering pump that helps to reduce fuel consumption. You'll also be able to order the C63 coupe with the AMG Development Package which generates 481 hp.  Mercedes says that this optional package improves acceleration from 0 to 60 mph to 4.3 seconds thanks to technology transferred from the SLS AMG. The forged pistons, connecting rods and lightweight crankshaft adopted from the gullwing model's high-tech drive system save 6.6 pounds in weight. This reduces rotational inertia and enhances the agility and responsiveness of the high-revving, eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. Top speed increases as well to 174 mph (electronically limited).      So how can you tell that you are looking at a C63 Coupe?      You'll see the variable intake manifold finished in titanium grey under the hood, the AMG high-performance braking system with two-piece front rotors and red painted brake calipers, the carbon fiber trunk lid spoiler and the AMG performance steering wheel in premium leather with an Alcantara® grip area. The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with a direct ratio (13.5: 1) provides excellent road feel and contributes to the nimble driving experience. The precise steering is complemented by three-stage ESP¨, the Electronic Stability Program that enables three individual control strategies to be accessed at the touch of a button. The driver can use the ESP¨ switch on the center console to choose between ESP ON, ESP SPORT and ESP OFF modes.      The AMG high-performance braking system with internally ventilated and perforated discs at the corners provide maximum responsiveness, short stopping distances and high fade resistance.     Inside,  a Mercedes press release says, "the instrument cluster with integrated screen immediately recalls the new CLS63 AMG with three separate round gauges providing information on speed, engine rpm, fuel level, and coolant temperature. "      It adds, "Other display options are available through the AMG main menu accessible via the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel. The three-dimensional TFT color display located inside the speedometer welcomes the driver by showing an AMG logo." The specially shaped AMG performance steering wheel  "has been adopted from the CLS63 AMG and includes flattened top and bottom sections, metallic trim elements, grip areas trimmed in perforated leather, and aluminum shift paddles.," the news release said.  The instrument cluster and center console are trimmed in high-gloss black piano lacquer while the dashboard and doors feature aluminum trim; optional carbon fiber or wood trims are also available. The rotary control for selecting the C, S, S+, M transmission modes and RACE START is situated on the center console. The C63 Coupe will be in the showrooms in September.

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