Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe plays the striptease game, ahead of its Autumn debut. The Coupe will be the third of four initial models to launch in the new C-Class lineup, following the four-door sedan and five-door estate.
Design-wise, from the windscreen line rearward everything is new. The light camouflage on this test prototype hides styling changes made to the rear, especially to the tail-lights and boot lid. These modifications are set to reflect the styling direction of its bigger brother, the S-Class Coupe.
New from the ground up, Mercedes’ new Coupe will be based on the same MRA platform used by the C-Class sedan. The sporty model is expected to follow its own path styling-wise, while droping the pillar-less solution used by its bigger siblings in favor of a fixed B-pillar.
The C-Class’ engine range will be carried over as well, with a choice of turbocharged petrols and diesel engines, while AMG’s brand new 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 AMG with over 500 HP will power the range-topping Mercedes-AMG version. This particular choice should give it, in theory at least, a small advantage over the BMW M4. The only major difference between this and the 4-litre V8 on the Mercedes-AMG GT sportscar is the dry sump lubrication used on the latter, whereas the first sticks to the traditional wet sump solution.
The C-Class Coupe is the fourth Mercedes-Benz model which will get also an AMG Sport version after GLE, C-Class and the new GLC.
As far as a Black Series edition is concerned, AMG chief Tobias Moers has recently confirmed that Mercedes’ sporty arm has currently ‘parked’ the special-edition badge. “The Black Series name will be necessary in the future, but for now the base cars are so good. The Black Series must be at the top of the hill, but I don’t know when or on what model yet.”
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