First pics of the hot C-class set to take on the M3 and RS5

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to take on the Audi RS5 and fifth-generation BMW M3 with a powered-up version of its upcoming C-class coupé.

The new two-door, set for UK launch late next year, will be known as the C63 AMG Coupé.

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It runs a combination of the company’s four-year-old naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 engine and seven-speed MCT (multi-clutch transmission) — a set-up that will also be used in a facelifted version of the C63 saloon due next year.

Officials from Mercedes’ performance car division said the AMG Coupé was conceived as a direct rival to the RS5 and M3.

“We’re looking to up the power beyond that of today’s C63 AMG. It’s safe to say it will be the most powerful of the three,” said an AMG source.

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In a move mirroring that of the CL63 AMG, Mercedes is expected to offer the C63 AMG Coupé and its four-door saloon sibling with an optional performance package.

This will put power up from a standard 450bhp to around 480bhp — 36bhp more than the RS5 and 66bhp more than the M3.

However, sources say an even more powerful C63 AMG Coupé is also being developed.

The C63 AMG Black Series is planned to fill the void left by the discontinuation of the CLK63 AMG Black Series, although its launch will be preceded by the SLS63 AMG Black Series towards the end of 2012.

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5 August 2010

what a ground breaking design its going to be...!

if it's heavy, it ain't happenin' 

5 August 2010

I actually quite like it, I looks more like a junior CL than the hopeless E-class coupe. I like that aggressive nose, and hopefully they won't have those stupid bars on the rear side windows that so plague the profile of the E.

Smack a good 'box in it and it should be a hoot. The detail work on the C-class 520 at Goodwood was immense, this is something I could potentially see myself buying, on the proviso that adults can sit in the back for trips upto an hour and two sets of golf clubs go in the boot.

5 August 2010

[quote JacobE]I actually quite like it, I looks more like a junior CL than the hopeless E-class coupe.[/quote]

I like it too- it's a nice clean design, unlike the E.

5 August 2010

Lardy, middle-aged, business class 'boy' racers must be wobbling with excitement everywhere.

PaulJ

5 August 2010

Why not use the new 5.5 turbocharged engine? It emits less co2 and is probably more frugal (not that it would matter).

5 August 2010

[quote Autocar]Mercedes-Benz is preparing to take on the Audi RS5 and fifth-generation BMW M3 with a powered-up version of its upcoming C-class coupé.

The new two-door, set for UK launch late next year, will be known as the C63 AMG Coupé. [/quote]

No s***, Sherlock!

5 August 2010

Officials from Mercedes’ performance car division said the AMG Coupé was conceived as a direct rival to the RS5 and M3.“We’re looking to up the power beyond that of today’s C63 AMG. It’s safe to say it will be the most powerful of the three,” said an AMG source.

Didnt AMG say a couple of years back that they were giving up on the power race between brands and concentrating on the handling?

Im more interested to see how they postion and price this car in the market. The E-Class coupe is supposed to be the rival to the A5 and 3-Series coupe (which makes no sense).

So where does that leave the C-Class Coupe - 1series/A3 rival? :-s

5 August 2010

Actually, I'm majorly pissed that they're giving the coupé more power than the 4-door variants. It's not fair to force four-door owners to modify their cars just to be able to keep up with the two-door. You should always put your most powerful engine in every body variant of every car it'll fit in - or at least you should always put the most powerful engine available in a certain model range in every body variant of that model.

5 August 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]Actually, I'm majorly pissed that they're giving the coupé more power than the 4-door variants. It's not fair to force four-door owners to modify their cars just to be able to keep up with the two-door. You should always put your most powerful engine in every body variant of every car it'll fit in - or at least you should always put the most powerful engine available in a certain model range in every body variant of that model.[/quote]

The C-Class Coupe will I think be based on the facelifted C-Class saloon, which means that the C63 saloon and estate versions might indeed be offerred with more power when the facelifted versions come out.

 

- Follow your own star -

5 August 2010

Long live he NA 6.2!!!

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