What Is It?
2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
What's New About This Model?
With the recent redesign of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class luxury sedan, the AMG performance wing has taken it and shoehorned in a twin-turbo V8 in place of the typical four- and six-cylinder engines to create the new C63. The customary suspension, brake and body upgrades will also be made to handle the massive increase in power.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Look for the C63 to start showing up in Mercedes-Benz dealers in March of 2015 as a sedan only. We expect a two-door version to arrive after the redesigned C-Class coupe debuts later in the year.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but we expect the 2015 C63 will be priced in the $60,000-to-$70,000 range.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
Mercedes-Benz will offer two versions: the C63 and a more powerful C63 S. The sedan and a likely coupe will be offered in the U.S., while other regions may get a wagon variant. Previous AMG models typically came with most available C-Class options as standard, with performance and cosmetic options offered, and we expect the 2015 C63 to follow suit.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- Both C63 and C63 S versions feature a hand-built 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8.
- The C63 will produce 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.
- The C63 S will make 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
- A seven-speed automatic will be the only transmission offered.
- Rear-wheel drive will be standard, with a 4Matic all-wheel-drive model possible later.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Besides the usual mandated safety features, the C63 will probably include standard and optional items found in other Mercedes vehicles. These include frontal collision warning and intervention, a driver drowsiness alert, blind-spot monitors and lane keeping assist.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi S6: We usually put the Audi A4 and S4 up against the Mercedes C-Class, but those lesser models don't come close to the C63's power output. To remain competitive within the Audi lineup, you'd have to step up to the S6 sedan that is still at a power disadvantage and more expensive.
BMW M3: Representing the quintessential sport sedan, the BMW M3 will also be redesigned for 2015. Power output will likely be less than the C63, but if history serves as any indication, the M3 will deliver similar or greater thrills for the driver.
Jaguar XF Supercharged: For a distinctly British take on the sport sedan, the Jaguar XFR is larger and has a greater luxury-to-sport ratio than the C63. The more expensive XFR and XFR-S put more emphasis on performance but come at considerable cost.
Should You Wait for It?
Purists may decry the loss of the burly 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 from the AMG lineup, and for the few that fall into that category, the outgoing 2014 C63 may be their last chance to pray at the altar of big displacement. For the rest of the population, the smaller turbocharged V8 will produce more power and deliver better fuel economy. The 2015 model will also benefit from the latest features and technology.