Hot, hot hot! 2012 Mercedes C63AMG

3 Feb 2011 | 1,821 views | No Comment
Come on, you knew it had to happen. No sooner had Mercedes-Benz lifted the covers on its new 2012 C-Class at the North American International Auto Show, than we at Automobile Journal  got the word on the new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan. If you've ever driven a C63 AMG as we have--we can recall two-- you know that we're in for some big time fun when this new one hits the pavement in the fall. C63AMGs are torrid road performers, with just enough of a touch of raunch and loud exhaust pipes to make things even more interesting.    It will be pretty easy to tell the new model from its predecessors. The 2012 version sports a new radiator grille with a large Mercedes star and a single transverse louvre, as well as a new AMG front apron with a lower cross member painted in high-gloss black.      Other clues for the justifiably wary folks driving other cars include special AMG daytime running lights and side air outlets which recall those found on the SL63 AMG high-performance roadster. New clear-lens headlamps emphasize the car's distinctive, confident presence especially when equipped with the optional Lighting Package featuring bi-xenon headlamps.  The wide front fenders with the "6.3 AMG" badge and the new 5 twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels -- , finished in titanium grey.  Beneath you will be  wide 235/40 R 18 and 255/35 R 18 tires at the front and rear. The rear of the C63 AMG now features a new AMG rear apron featuring a distinctive, black diffuser insert with three pronounced fins.       Mercedes says that under the skin, the top C-Class model boasts a wealth of new technology including the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission - another advanced feature adopted from the SL63 AMG. This transmission uses a wet start-up clutch in place of a traditional torque converter to deliver a much more efficient, agile and direct response. Fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced thanks to the "Controlled Efficiency" mode and a new power steering pump. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmissionhas four driving modes as well as rev-matching and RACE START functions, and it delivers comfortable shifts around town as well as instant response in high performance driving situations. The Controlled Efficiency "C" mode is programmed to provide smooth, comfortable upshifts while maintaining the lowest possible engine speed to help maximize fuel efficiency. The "S", "S+" and "M" modes deliver increased agility through fast, responsive gear changes and higher revs. Gear changes in the "S+" and "M" modes take just 0.1 seconds. The naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine with its large displacement of 6,208 cc develops 451 hp at 6,500 rpm and attains a peak torque of 443 lb-ft. at 5,000 rpm. The 2012 C63 AMG retains its predecessor's position as the top performing model in its segment with 0 to 60 acceleration in just 4.4 seconds while the top speed is 155 mph (electronically regulated). Even more dramatic performance is available with the optional AMG Development Package offering 481 hp and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.3 seconds. The Mercedes- AMG engine experts have achieved this increase in output thanks to a technology transfer from the SLS AMG with forged pistons, connecting rods and the lightweight crankshaft all coming from the gullwing model's engine. The reduced mass inertia of the components - which are 6.6 pounds lighter than those of the standard version - allows the naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine to rev up with even greater ease and agility. Models equipped with the Development Package can be identified by the variable intake manifold painted in titanium grey under the hood, the AMG high-performance braking system with two-piece front discs and red painted brake calipers at all four corners, a carbon-fiber spoiler lip on the trunk lid and the AMG performance steering wheel in premium leather with a unique grip area. The U.S. market launch for the 2012 C63 AMG Sedan begins in autumn.

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