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2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe is Quicker to 60 Than the Sedan

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/19/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Now that Mercedes has previewed the two-door C300 ahead of Frankfurt, it's time to bring out the AMG C63 Coupe. This range-topping C-Class coupe packs a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine with 469 hp in standard guise and 503 hp in the S trim.

Unsurprisingly, those numbers are identical to the C63 sedan. But Mercedes says the coupe should come in slightly quicker than the four-door, with the C63 S coupe hitting 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Our tests of the sedan-spec C63 S revealed a 0-60 time of 4.0 seconds, the same number estimated by Mercedes. Top speed is limited to 155 mph on the C63 coupe, or 180 mph on the C63 S version.

2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe is Quicker to 60 Than the Sedan

The AMG gets a different suspension than the standard C-Class coupe. A four-link front setup with radial, racing-style brake connections is used with specially designed steering knuckles and a wider track, which should boost lateral acceleration. A stiffer rear axle will also help improve driving dynamics, the automaker says. Drivers will be able to adjust suspension damping with the press of a button thanks to AMG Ride Control.

2017 Mercedes AMG C63 S Coupe Rear Side View With Light© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Mercedes AMG C63 S Coupe Rear Side View With Light To improve the driving experience, Mercedes says the newly tuned seven-speed AMG automatic transmission upshifts and downshifts more quickly. Customers can choose between four transmission modes, including Individual mode that tailors to a driver's preferences. Race mode is available on the C63 S.

In terms of design, the Mercedes-AMG C63 features a wider body and longer hood. Mercedes hasn't released a detailed spec sheet on dimensions for the car, but says it is 2.51 inches wider at the front and 2.59 inches wider out back. Meanwhile, the model uses wider tires intended to improve traction and agility. The aluminum hood grows by 2.36 inches, making it protrude more from a visual standpoint. Up front, the C63 AMG gets a little more aggressive with large air intakes and more prominent side skirts. At the rear, a distinct diffuser insert and two chrome-plated AMG twin tailpipes give it some added personality. The AMG lingo continues inside the cabin, which features a number of AMG-specific controls as well as available Performance seats offering a lower seating position and contoured bolsters. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

We'll be watching as the coupe makes its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. But it won't be until summer 2016 that the C63 coupe hits U.S. dealerships. That puts it a few months behind the release of the standard C300.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

2017 Mercedes AMG C63 S Coupe Front Side View In Motion Around Track© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Mercedes AMG C63 S Coupe Front Side View In Motion Around Track
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