Will the BMW M3 have some competition in the U.S. starting this fall? If the 2012 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG has anything to say about it, then yes.
Instead of a 4-cylinder engine that powers the C-Class, this particular
enhanced performer will be pushed on by a 6.2 liter V-8 which generates 451
horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, when the engine is revving 2000
to 6250 rpm, as much as 360 lb-ft of torque can be tapped for powerful
acceleration. Reports are that the car races from 0 to 62 in a more than
respectable 4.5 seconds. For those who want even more horses, there is a 481
horsepower engine available as an option.
Both engines are expected to be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission featuring a wet start up clutch seen in the SL63 AMG rather than the previous generation’s torque converter. It also includes paddle shifting and a plethora of driving modes. A controlled efficiency mode and a new power steering pump will assist in achieving better fuel economy. In Europe that adds up to a fuel consumption savings of 10 percent. U.S. fuel efficiency ratings are not yet available. All in all there are a total of three modes — Sport, Comfort and Manual.
Of course, since it is an AMG, you would expect the car to have performance like handling, due to the AMG sports suspension and a three link front axle. It has a 35 millimeter wider track and its stiff springs and gas pressure shocks help hug the road and offer low body movement when taking winding curves. The electronic stability system offers three modes — ESP ON, to better handle instabilities, ESP SPORT, which assists in countering over or under steer and reduces the engine’s torque, and ESP OFF.
You would expect an AMG model to ooze performance. The exterior enhancements will help achieve that with a more muscular front end treatment, tightly defined beltline and more distinguished wheel-well flare.
Inside the car, drivers will find a new dashboard and a three-spoke AMG leather covered steering wheel. Front passenger and driver sit in AMG sports seats with plenty of legroom. Less room is available in the rear.
Of course, since it is an AMG, it is going to cost you a pretty penny. For those who are prepared, base MSRP is $58,200.