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The new 2012 C63 AMG Coupe designed by Mercedes-AMG combines distinctive design with a powerful drivetrain and dynamic handling. The new coupe joins the successful C63 AMG Sedan as well as the AMG family of coupes which includes the CLS63 AMG and the CL63AMG. The new coupe makes its U.S. showroom debut in September 2011.
The AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine in the C63 AMG Coupe delivers a maximum
output of 451 hp and peak torque of 443 lb-ft. Reflecting its
outstanding performance, the coupe is capable of accelerating from 0 to
60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph (electronically
limited). With these specifications, the new two-door vehicle is poised
to take the lead in its segment.
The new coupe shares all the technology updates from the 2012 C63 AMG
Sedan and features the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission
with standard “Controlled Efficiency” mode, and a new power steering
pump that helps to reduce fuel consumption.
AMG Development Package for a maximum output of 481 hp
This reduction in fuel consumption also applies to the C63 Coupe when
equipped with the AMG Development Package which generates 481 hp. 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,
connectin grods 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). Visually, the AMG
performance package can be identified by 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.
Standard AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission provides direct
and agile power delivery. In place of the traditional torque converter,
this innovative transmission features a compact, wet start-up clutch
which reduces the power losses normally associated with conventional
automatic transmissions and significantly lowers fuel consumption. The
Controlled Efficiency “C” mode provides early, comfortable upshifts
while maintaining the lowest possible engine speed and “soft”
accelerator characteristics to help improve fuel economy.
The exclusive Mercedes-AMG power transmission offers a high level of
versatility and performance. The “S”, “S+” and “M” modes deliver
increased agility and are selected via the new rotary control knob
familiar from the SLS AMG. Faster gear changes and higher revs add to
the emotional experience as well as rev-matching in “S”, “S+” and “M”
modes. Gear changes in the “S+” and “M” modes take just 100 milliseconds
and the RACE START function allows the driver to harness the vehicle’s
full acceleration capability.
Specific AMG sports suspension for quick acceleration and ride comfort
It’s not just the engine and MCT transmission which influence the C63
AMG Coupe’s aggressive character – the AMG sports suspension and AMG
high-performance braking system are also key here. Compared with the
standard suspension, the AMG coupe has a separate three-link front
suspension, a reinforced multi-link independent rear suspension and a
wider track front and rear. The stiffer elastokinematics, autonomous
axle kinematics with more negative camber and larger anti-roll bars
result in greater agility and lateral acceleration. Specially adjusted
spring and damper rates have optimized both the responsiveness of the
suspension as well as road noise and tire vibration.
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
Confident and athletic: the design of the C63 AMG Coupe
Visually, the coupe version of the C63 AMG has a confident, athletic
presence that is reminiscent of the high-performance SL63 AMG roadster.
The C63 AMG Coupe has a sinister low profile, powerful shoulderline and a
narrow C-pillar, combined with short overhangs, long hood, steeply
raked windshield and long, sloping roof.
As is typical for AMG, the car has a striking, arrow-shaped front
section with the new AMG front apron housing a high-gloss black
horizontal edge, AMG-specific LED daytime running lights and side air
outlets. The large Mercedes star sits on a wing-shaped transverse
lamella in the new radiator grille, while a modified aluminum hood with
powerdomes, emphasizes the strong character of the car. The new
clear-lens headlamps are particularly eye-catching, especially when
equipped with the optional Lighting Package which includes bi-xenon
The wide front fender bearing the “6.3 AMG” script, AMG rocker panels
and the new 18-inch 5-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted in
titanium grey with a high-gloss finish dominate the side view. Excellent
contact with the road is provided by the wide 235/40 R 18 (front) and
255/35 R 18 (rear) tires.
At the rear, the unique AMG rear apron has a distinctive, black
diffuser insert and three pronounced diffuser fins along with two
chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system.
High-quality, dramatic interior
Inside, 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.
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 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 new AMG sports seats with integrated head restraints, EASY-ENTRY
system and AMG badges have a sporty design with horizontal stitching.
Combined M-B Tex/DINAMICA black upholstery comes as standard. DINAMICA
is a new type of breathable man-made fiber which is pleasing to the
touch and is characterized by low emissions and high durability. The
side bolsters of the AMG sports seats are covered in M-B Tex while the
center panels of the seat cushions are upholstered with DINAMICA. The
C63 AMG Coupe is a proper four-seater with the rear seats featuring the
same style of horizontal stitching as the AMG sports seats. Standard
split-folding rear seats help expand available cargo capacity.
Optional leather interior appointments help individualize the inside with four single tone and three two-tone combinations.
High level of safety and new assistance systems
With nine airbags as standard, belt tensioners and belt-force
limiters for all seats, the C63 AMG Coupe has extensive safety features.
The airbags, which can deploy in milliseconds in the event of an
accident, include front, side and pelvic bags for the driver and front
passenger, a kneebag on the driver’s side, and windowbags.
With a number of driving assistance systems ranging from ATTENTION
ASSIST drowsiness detection to Blind Spot Assist, the C63 AMG Coupe
provides a comprehensive level of driver support and protection. The
assistance systems are familiar from the flagship S-Class and are based
on the latest radar, camera and sensor technology to help monitor and
prevent frequent accident causes such as driving too closely, fatigue
The new telematics generation featuring enhanced ease of operation
The C63 AMG Coupe also features a new telematics generation which
offers greater operating convenience, larger displays, phone book
transfer, Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB interface now accommodated
in the center armrest.
The optional COMAND system now features SIRIUS weather information along
with the familiar destination search/route download via Google. The
COMAND navigation system also includes a new 3D display with city views,
the ability to record and retrace a specific route, specific personal
destinations can be saved or imported via an SD card and four
alternative routes can be displayed on the navigation map, one of them
an economical variation.
The new C63 AMG Coupe will make its U.S. showroom debut in September 2011.