2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe breaks cover

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The AMG division of Mercedes-Benz is world famous for its rich history of brutish, powerful road cars. Where a standard Benz offers elegance and luxury, an AMG-tuned derivative promises that as well as near supercar levels of performance. The recently announced Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe is the latest car to join these ranks, and just like its predecessors, it packs plenty of power.

The C63 AMG Coupe is the two-door version of the sedan, which debuted several years ago. It has much in common with its four-door counterpart in terms of power, equipment and styling. However, the Coupe's design is distinguished by its more rakish and streamlined profile. The C63 Coupe's wheels, side-mirrors, deck-lid spoiler and roof are all finished in black, and help deliver a more tuner-inspired appearance. Up front, the styling is just as bold as other AMG models on sale today. The rear end styling bears resemblance to the C63 Sedan as it features four oval exhaust pipes housed in a rear diffuser.

Among the usual interior amenities from Mercedes-Benz, the C63 AMG Coupe features a three-dimensional TFT display that's housed within the speedometer bezel. The car also boasts the same AMG performance steering wheel that's found in the CLS63 AMG four-door coupe.

Powering the new C63 AMG Coupe is Mercedes-Benz's 6.3-litre V8 engine, which develops 451 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Its claimed 0 to 100-km/h time is just 4.4 seconds while the top speed of the car has been electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

That's not all though. When equipped with the AMG Development Package, the C63 Coupe can then generate 481 horsepower. That's good for a 0-100 km/h run time of 4.3 seconds, and while a tenth of a second advantage over the standard AMG will make little difference to most, the Development Package also allows for an electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph).

Coupled to the monstrous engine is the AMG SpeedShift MCT 7-speed automatic transmission. Performance settings for this gearbox include "C" for comfortable up-shifts, as well as "S," "S+" and "M," which are said to deliver increasingly vigorous shift performance. The Race Start function is also claimed to help drivers get the best acceleration from standstill.

Due for sale in the U.S. in September, Canadian sales should begin at approximately the same time.

With its styling, technology and impressive power, the C63 AMG Coupe is a compelling package. In few years time, however, BMW will launch a new version of its fabled M3 Coupe and Audi may soon offer something more potent from under the beautiful bonnet of its S5. Of course, Cadillac's much more powerful CTS-V Coupe is also in the company of these German premium players, as is Nissan's near-luxury GT-R. Likely more will enter the fray from other premium carmakers, so competition within this top-tier "muscle car" segment will only intensify in the years to come.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sports Coupe, Mercedes-Benz, 2012, C63 AMG Coupe, $75,000 - $99,999,

Organizations: Mercedes-Benz

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