Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the new C-class Coupe will debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, British magazine Autocar reveals in the wake of the Geneva motor show.
The new model is set to receive a C63 AMG version right from the start. According to AMG boss Tobias Moers, the range-topping AMG C-Class Coupe is slated to be a “breakthrough” for the brand and become the fiercest rival of BMW’s recently revamped M4.
The new C- class Coupe will be an even sleeker design than the S-class Coupe, says design chief Gorden Wagener, which will be “even better to drive than it looks”. Mercedes has so far launched saloon and estate versions of the C-class, but the range will soon expand with coupe and convertible variants.
Known under the internal code name C 205, Mercedes’ new C-Class Coupe will be based on the current C-Class platform but follow its own path styling-wise, at least partially. The car will drop the pillar-less solution used by its bigger siblings sporting a fixed B-pillar for rigidity-related concerns. The range-topping Mercedes-AMG version will be powered by the brand new 4.0-liter V8 AMG with over 500 HP, which in theory at least, should give it a small advantage over the BMW M4.
AMG chief also confirmed that Mercedes’ sporty arm has ‘parked’ the special-edition Black Series badge. At least in the near future, as Moers did promise the Mercedes-AMG GT will still get it closer to the end of its life cycle. “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.”