It’s not a secret anymore than Mercedes-Benz is currently working on an AMG version of the all-new 2012 C-Class Coupe, but what we didn’t know until today was what engine will hide under the car’s bonnet. According to the Dutch website AutoWereld, it appears that the C 63 AMG Coupe will carry the same 6.3-liter V8 engine found on the recently launched sedan version.
For those who don’t know, on the sedan, the V8 engine delivers 336 kW (457 hp), while with some help from the AMG Performance Pack the total output is increased to 358 kW (487 hp).
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG sedan can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds (Estate version: 4.6 s) while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph. With the AMG Performance package, the car is even faster: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 4.4 seconds (Estate: 4.5 s).
According to Mercedes-Benz, the new 2012 C 63 AMG has a fuel consumption of 12.0 l/100 km (Estate: 12.3 l/100 km), reduced by 10 percent when compared with the previous model.
The new C 63 AMG Coupe is expected to take on cars such as the Bmw M3 and the Audi RS5, but we don’t know exactly when, as the manufacturer did not release any details regarding when the car will be launched.
Both the front and rear end of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé testify to its calling as a true C-Class, with a twist. For instance, the front end features a prominent radiator grille surround, including the bumper.
It is specified with a center air intake that opens upwards, thereby serving as a graphic base unit for the double-louvre radiator. The radiator’s dual chrome louvres extend left and right from the central star, and then taper off at the outer edges to create an arrow-shaped horizontal sweep.
The side sections, meanwhile, extend from below the headlamps and then blend into the feature lines along the vehicle flanks – a styling feature that connects the front of the new coupe with its sides. Moreover, its horizontal daytime running lamps are positioned low down on the bumper, which also accommodates the side air intakes. Additionally, the front end of the coupe is further pronounced by its clear-lens headlamps, bonnet, bumper trim and radiator grille.
On the other hand, the rear end of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé appears short yet sporty thanks to the roof that flows past the rear axle along with the raked rear window and fluid C-pillars. Emphasizing the coupe’s compact dimensions is a wide chamfer at the top of the boot lid. Providing an impression of depth is a centrally located LED indicator that seems to be floating in front of the red upper.
An impression of depth is also provided by the lower light bands that feature deeply set LEDs. Also, the rear bumper sports continuous, horizontal contours that accentuate the coupe’s broad, deep-set effect.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé is blessed with an AMG rear skirt -- placed between its exhaust system's tailpipe trim – to create a light yet sporty impression of the vehicle’s rear. For the version made for the United Kingdom, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé is offered with the AMG Sports Package that includes AMG body styling and 18-inch AMG alloys.
Aside from a high quality exterior, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé also gets a superb interior. For instance, the coupe is fitted, as standard, with the next-generation three-spoke steering wheel with chromed central spoke seen first on the new CLS.
Its controls feature detailed and galvanized touch surfaces while its three tube rings come with a galvanized finish. The coupe’s central, trapezoidal air vents as well as the round vents on the outside feature a galvanized trim while the control panel for the next-generation communication and information unit comes with silver-colored keys. Its central display is placed on top of the instrument cluster that extends onto the front passenger side to create a light-catching contour.