The Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé has been revealed ahead of a public debut at the Frankfurt show in September and before deliveries start in January 2016.
It gets several notable styling changes over the standard version. In fact, the only exterior elements shared are the frameless doors, roof and boot lid. The front wings have been extended by 64mm and rears by 66mm over those of its standard sibling.
The body has been widened to house a revised chassis with unique tracks both front and rear. It also allows wider tyres front and rear.
It comes with a selection of AMG styling touches including a heavily structured front bumper with a black insert and integral front splitter, ‘V8 turbo’ badging, black exterior mirror housings, beefed up side sills, subtle boot spoiler, uniquely designed rear bumper and four trapezoidal shaped tail pipes integrated into the rear valance and diffuser element.
What engines does it come with?
As with the latest C63 saloon and estate versions, the coupé will be sold with the choice of two power outputs. In standard guise it develops 469bhp and 479lb ft.
In range-topping S form, the rear-wheel drive C63 AMG Coupé makes 503bhp - 23bhp more than the naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 engine in the first-generation C63 AMG Coupé with the optional Performance Package.
It also trumps the 444bhp RS5, 425bhp M4 and 470bhp RC-F, making the new C63 S the most powerful rear-wheel-drive car in its class.
According to official figures, the C63 is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 3.9sec - 0.4sec faster than its predecessor. Top speed is limited to 155mph, although a Driver’s Package lifts this to 180mph.
How much equipment does it come with?
Inside, it gets AMG-specific instruments, controls, gear lever and trim applications along with a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel and sport seats. You can also choose optional performance seats, which bring a lower seating position.
The gearbox is AMG’s seven-speed Speedshift MCT (Multi Clutch Transmission) automatic unit fitted with a shorter final drive than in the C63 saloon and estate. In the standard C63 coupé it is paired with a mechanical locking differential, but the the C63 S gets a faster-reacting electronic locking differential.
The driver can choose between four driving modes on the C63 Coupé and up to five on the C63 S Coupé. The switchable electronic stability control system also offers three distinct settings: On, Sport and Off.
How much does it cost?
Pricing has not yet been revealed for the C63 AMG, but it is likely to be in the region of the £59,800 starting price of the C63 saloon.
Can I get a discount?
Discounts can be had on the saloon C63, so it is possible that similar savings will eventually be available on the coupé. Don't expect them to slash large percentages off, though; they are currently in the region of £1700 on the saloon.