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The C-Class coupé looks a lot like its saloon sibling. However, it is substantially different from its four-door counterpart, with a 42mm longer body overall and 41mm lower roofline. And regardless of the inevitable comparisons, this is clearly a successful design that offers all the desirability and presence that you could hope for in a Mercedes coupé.

Much of the front-end styling is shared with the saloon, including the updated headlight design. The grille is slightly different, the coupe getting two bars to the saloon’s three.

The entire C-Class coupé range gets the ‘BlueEfficiency’ tag, although. Such over-usage makes the badge next to meaningless.

One of the standout features of the classy, yet understated design is the sharp crease rising up the flanks of the car. The line created by upturned bootlid is also a nice touch, as it flows into the side panel and meets the hip line.

The C-Class coupé retains Mercedes’ traditional front-engined, rear-drive layout and the body sits on the saloon’s 2760mm wheelbase, with multi-link suspension all round and active dampers that adjust depending on driving style.

All models come as standard with the AMG Sport pack, which lowers the springs by 15mm compared with the saloon’s and brings various styling tweaks. This pack also include 18in alloys as standard, along with more aggressive looking side skirts and front apron.

Although they’re built on the same production line as the regular C-Class Coupe, the C 63 AMG and C 63 AMG Black Series’ models brim with purpose.

The most potent of the pair gets massively blistered wheelarches that hide motorsport-style coil-over suspension with adjustable dampers. The Black Series’ track is 40mm wider at the front than a ‘regular’ C 63’s (which is wider than the standard saloon in turn), and 79mm wider at the rear.

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