2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Arrives at U.S. Dealerships in March | Edmunds

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Arrives at U.S. Dealerships in March


Just the Facts:
  • The new 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 arrives at U.S. dealerships in March.
  • The 2015 C63 debuts next week at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.
  • A twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 powers the new C63 and C63 S.

AFFALTERBACH, Germany — The new 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 arrives at U.S. Mercedes dealers in March following its debut next week at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.

Pricing has not been announced.

The high-performance edition of the C-Class carries a different badge from its predecessor, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. The new model will come in two versions, the C63 and the C63 S.

The duo targets the 2015 BMW M3 and Lexus IS-F.

Both variants are powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, which makes 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in the C63 and 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in the C63 S. Mercedes describes the engine as a "close relative" of the unit that powers the new Mercedes-AMG GT sports car.

The twin-turbo V8 is coupled with an AMG Speedshift seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The range-topping C63 S accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

Standard equipment in the C63 includes AMG adaptive sport suspension with electronically controlled shocks, a mechanical rear locking differential and AMG Dynamic Select drive program.

Mercedes says the 2015 model, with its smaller-displacement engine, gets considerably better fuel economy than its predecessor, which was powered by a normally aspirated 6.3-liter V8.

Among the options are a performance-exhaust system and, on the C63 S, ceramic-composite brakes. Different wheel/tire combinations also are available.

The cockpit is trimmed in leather and aluminum, and features a three-spoke sport steering wheel, performance seats and an IWC analog clock.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers should look for the specially equipped C63 Edition 1 at launch.

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