2011 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The latest addition to the German automaker's ever-expanding stable of AMG performance models arrives at U.S. dealers in September.
- The new C63 AMG Coupe shares much of its go-fast hardware with the 2012 C63 AMG Sedan.
- The standard C63 AMG Coupe makes 451 horsepower; the optional AMG Development package boosts that to 481 hp.
MONTVALE, New Jersey — Mercedes-Benz said its new 2012 C63 AMG Coupe will arrive at U.S. dealers in September.
The latest addition to the German automaker's ever-expanding stable of AMG performance models shares much of its go-fast hardware with the 2012 C63 AMG Sedan, which gets a face-lift and some tech upgrades when it debuts stateside this summer.
The basic engine in both C63 AMG models is the familiar AMG-tuned 6.2-liter V8, which delivers 451 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. An optional performance package pushes output to 481 hp. With that package, top speed climbs from 155 mph to 174 mph, and 0-60 acceleration is trimmed from 4.4 to 4.3 seconds. Both cars also feature AMG's Speedshift MCT seven-speed gearbox.
The new C63 AMG Coupe has wider front and rear tracks, with stiffer spring and damper rates, a high-performance braking system with ventilated and perforated discs, and speed-sensitive sport steering. The car rides on new 18-inch AMG alloy wheels painted titanium gray with 235/40R18 front tires and 255/35R18 rears.
The exterior has been dressed up with new front and rear aprons, a new grille, clear-lens headlamps, side sills, a "powerdome" hood and a deck lid spoiler.
The cockpit of the C63 AMG Coupe is equally arresting, with a three-dial AMG gauge cluster, a flattened sport steering wheel with multifunction buttons and paddle shifters, sport seats offered in a choice of leather or a new breathable manmade fabric, and a choice of piano-black lacquer, aluminum, carbon fiber or wood accents and trim.
Edmunds.com says: The C63 AMG Coupe stands up well in the looks department alongside its larger two-door sibs. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent