Preview: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 27, 2011

This is the first photo with the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG! Set to make its official debut in March, at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the new vehicle promises to offer more power as well as a refreshed design.

As you can see from the photo, the new car borrows the same design philosophy seen on the CL 63 AMG, which means we will see a new bumper with integrated daytime running LEDs as well as a larger air intake.

Regarding the engine, it is not clear yet what engine will be found on the new car. The current generation is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine capable to deliver 336 kW/457 hp at 6800 rpm and mated to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission.

The new car might receive the brand new AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine, which is carried by the recently introduced 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG. On the CLS 63 AMG, the new 5.5-liter biturbo engine delivers an impressive 386 kW(525 hp) and maximum torque of 700 Nm. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG could receive this new engine and the total output might delivered could be around 500 hp.

C63 AMG has presented its newest generation, which is even more dynamic and athletic than before. It owes these qualities to the new radiator grille that features a big Mercedes star, its wing-type transverse louvre, the new AMG front apron with a glossy black lower cross member and exceptional AMG daytime running lights plus side air outlets.

The frontal section is reminiscent of how the top-performing SL63 AMG roadster looks like. The new bonnet and modified powerdomes are aluminum-made. The new headlamps with clear lens highlight the car’s distinct and confident presence, most especially when specified with the optional Intelligent Light System (ILS).

It also has wide front wings that bear the 6.3 AMG logo as well as the latest 5 twin-spoke AMG titanium grey, light-alloy wheels with a high-sheen finish that easily dominates the side view. Its wide tires: 235 by 40 R 18 and 255 by 35 R 18 at the front and rear, respectively, allow the vehicle to drive smoothly along the road.

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG has a rear view that brings the SL63 AMG to mind. The latest AMG rear apron comes with a distinct black diffuser insert plus 3 pronounced diffuser fins. The AMG sports exhaust system’s chromed twin tailpipes sound as pleasant as they look.

The driver benefits from the comprehensive modifications done to the AMG sports suspension with its special front axle and its reinforced rear axle as well as its wider track. This is because the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG makes driving more enjoyable and more comfortable.

The latest stiffer elastokinematics, the modified axle kinematics that have more negative camber all around plus its current rear-axle anti-roll bar that has a larger cross-section lead to greater lateral acceleration and higher agility. However, progress has not only been made in driving dynamics but the latest spring and damper rates have also improved suspension responsiveness as well as the tire vibration and road roar.

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