First official pics of the facelift for Merc's hot baby saloon and estate; Geneva reveal
1 March 2011

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a facelifted version of the four-year-old C63 AMG at the Geneva motor show.

The new saloon and estate, on sale in the UK from March, receive a host of detailed styling changes – both to the exterior and interior, together with some key mechanical modifications that are claimed to extend their respective performance while bringing about a reduction in consumption.

See the official pics of the new Mercedes C63 AMG - now updated with Geneva show pics

Visual changes, as with other C-class models, are mild. They extend to an edgier looking front bumper, restyled grille, new headlamps with altered internal graphics, a rear bumper that incorporates a black diffuser element and new multi-spoke alloys shod with 235/40 (front) and 255/35 (rear) tyres.

Also included on the new car is a new aluminium bonnet with more prominent power domes than those on the car it replaces. Earlier photographs of the facelifted C63 AMG leaked to the Internet showed an engineering mule sporting a standard C-class bonnet.

Inside, there’s a newly designed dashboard together with the same three spoke steering wheel as the new CLS63 AMG.

Read more on the changes to the rest of the C-class range

While other recently new AMG models have adopted the company’s latest twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8, the facelifted C63 AMG retains the older naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre V8. It continues to kick out 457bhp in standard guise or a gutsier 487bhp with AMG’s optional Performance Package.

But while the old C63 AMG used a beefed up version of Mercedes-Benz’s 7-GTronic seven speed automatic gearbox to channel these reserves to the rear wheels, the new model receives AMG’s own in-house developed MCT (multi-clutch transmission).

It does away with the torque converter for a series of wet clutches to provide the driver with four distinct modes C (comfort), S (sport), S+ (sport plus) and m (manual). It also includes a launch control system called Race Start.

See leaked pics and details of the new C-class coupe

AMG quotes a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec for the saloon and 4.5sec for the estate – a reduction of 0.1sec respectively. Top speed in both instances is limited to 155mph.

The C63 AMG’s combined cycle fuel consumption is also claimed to have benefited from the adoption of a new steering pump that reduces the amount of hydraulic assistance. Official figures put the saloon at 23.5mpg and the estate at 23.0mpg – up from an earlier 21.1mpg and 20.6mpg.

Since its launch in 2007, the C63 AMG has recorded over 17,000 sales worldwide.

Greg Kable

See all the latest Mercedes C-class reviews, news and video

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Mercedes C350e Sport
    First Drive
    28 September 2016
    Petrol-electric C-Class is a surprisingly well-priced alternative to a diesel but not the greatest example of the new ‘PHEV’ breed
  • Car review
    23 September 2016
    Aston kicks off its ‘second century plan’ with an all-new turbo V12 grand tourer
  • Ford Ka+ 1.2 Ti-VCT 85
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    A rounded, refined and well-sorted bargain supermini – once you’re used to the confusing role redefinition imposed on the once-cheeky Ka
  •  Maserati Ghibli Diesel
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    Maserati releases another range of updates for its range best seller, the Ghibli. We've driven the diesel version, but there's little improvement on before
  • Tipo Front
    First Drive
    21 September 2016
    New Fiat Tipo offers impressive space and practicality for a reasonable price. We try the 1.6 diesel on the demanding roads of North Wales