The hottly anticipated Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe has been spotted for the first time testing on public roads and at the Nürburgring race track.
Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe will be the third of four initial models to launch in the new C-Class AMG lineup, following the four-door sedan and five-door estate. It’s expected to be revealed in full in 2016, with the Cabrio likely to follow.
Like the other models in the range, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe is based on the versatile MRA platform. The car retains the fixed central pillar and four-seat cabin of the previous generation, though its sleek design and excellent interior quality are from a class above.
The light camouflage on this test prototype hides styling changes made to the rear, especially to the tail-lights and boot lid, changes which reflect the styling cues present on its bigger brother, the S 63 AMG Coupe. Even more, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe will be “even better to drive than it looks,” says design chief Gorden Wagener.
The range-topping Mercedes-AMG version will be powered by the brand new 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 AMG with over 500 HP, which in theory at least, should give it 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.
A Black Series edition is out of the cards. AMG chief Tobias Moers has recently 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.”