Mercedes AMG C63 Coupe

Mercedes AMG C63 Coupe 2016

Information on the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé was released this week, and it doesn’t look too bad 😉

The expressive exterior design differs significantly from the Mercedes-Benz model, which shares merely the same doors, roof and boot lid. The powerful 8-cylinder engine, together with the increased track width on the front and rear axles, calls for a redesigned front end and a model-specific rear assembly as well as new side walls. The flared wheel arches make the AMG Coupé 64 millimetres wider at the front and 66 millimetres wider at the rear, enabling the vehicle to hug the road better.

The larger wheel arches allow the use of wider tyres (up to 255 millimetres on the front axle and up to 285 millimetres on the rear axle), contributing to improved lateral acceleration, traction and agility. Under the outer skin, the body structure has been reinforced in key areas to transfer and compensate the extreme longitudinal and lateral forces from the powertrain and suspension. There is also the model-specific rear axle carrier.

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The 60-millimetre-longer aluminium bonnet is adorned by two distinctive powerdomes, which are among the typical distinguishing features and underscore the muscular appearance. The extremely wide front section is characterised by large air inlets and precisely positioned flics. The low, arrow-shaped “twin blade” radiator grille with AMG lettering visually lowers the vehicle’s centre of gravity. The typical AMG “A-wing” front spoiler is three-dimensional, also serving as an air deflector for the three cooling air inlets. Additional flics ensure an optimal flow of air to the cooling modules. And a front splitter at the bottom of the front apron helps to reduce front-axle lift.

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BMW M3 vs Mercedes C63 S AMG

The battle you’ve all been waiting for is finally here – the new M3 vs the new C63 S, courtesy of the fine folks at Evo

Mercedes AMG GT – Driven

Chris Harris is back (now on his own, outside of //Drive) with a little blast around Laguna Seca in the new Mercedes AMG GT we talked about a little while ago. Just listening to that exhaust note might be enough for people to hand over their cash, but without giving too much away, it has the driving prowess to match the noise. Take a watch…..

Mercedes AMG GT

271799_14C666_11One of the disadvantages of spending way too much time on your real job is you end up not posting about some pretty significant news on this website. So now that I have at least a little breathing room I’m going to try and at least partially rectify that by going back and pulling some of the best bits from the past few months and posting just like they were still super brand new.

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So, I now present the Mercedes AMG GT – a 911 fighter designed to get your heart and pulse racing in equal measure. Its front mid-engine design with a rear transaxle and use of intelligent aluminum lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. Its newly developed AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark of AMG driving performance. The first sports car engine from AMG with internally mounted turbochargers (‘hot inside V’) and dry sump lubrication is configured in two output ratings: as a GT with 456 hp (340 kW) and as a GT S with 503 hp (375 kW). The new GT combines driving dynamics and first-class racetrack performance with superb everyday practicality and efficiency that sets new standards in the segment.

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The centerpiece of the Mercedes-AMG GT is the new 4.0-liter V8 biturbo, which responds instantly with extreme power at low revs and delivers outstanding performance. Top figures such as 3.7 seconds from 0-60 mph (preliminary) and a top speed of 193 mph (310 km/h), combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack.

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“With the new GT we are positioning Mercedes-AMG even more aggressively than to date as a dynamic sports car brand”, says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “With its technological substance, the Mercedes-AMG GT fulfils our high aspirations with regard to driving dynamics, agility and sportiness. The new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes-AMG. The car is manufactured according to the motto ‘Handcrafted By Racers’ – which perfectly encapsulates our heritage and our spirit.”

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The central “aviation design” theme, which is the hallmark of Mercedes-Benz sports cars, has been restyled. The extreme emphasis on the width of the dashboard, which creates an impression of a powerful wing dominates the cockpit of the GT. Four central spotlight-style vents and the individual vents at each end of the dashboard reinforce this impression. The combination of high beltlines, concave-shaped door paneling, low seating position and a dramatic center console design, makes the GT feel like you are slipping into the cockpit of fighter jet.

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The 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is being made in Affalterbach according to the “one man, one engine” principle. In the AMG engine shop, highly qualified master engine builders assemble the engines by hand according to the strictest quality standards. Once completed, this impeccable standard is clearly visible on the AMG engine plate, as it bears the engine builder’s actual signature.

Mercedes AMG GT - Silver

Personally I think it looks pretty spectacular, and given how fantastic the AMG engines typically are, if this thing handles as well as Mercedes suggest it does, it’ll end up going near the top of a lot of people’s purchasing lists, especially given how luke warm the new 911 got when it first arrived. Of course, there’s no manual available (do Mercedes even offer manuals anymore for anything they sell in the US?), so unless I change my mind (independent of the whole money issue of course), I won’t be owning one of these anytime soon.

Mercedes E63 AMG – the details

So I had posted a post or two in recent weeks with some of the info on the new E63 AMG as it was filtered out, but the nice people over at Mercedes released a whole bunch of info on this model, so here’s a few more details (and pictures of course).

2014 E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC Wagon

First off the big news for the folks who live here in Colorado (and I’m guessing a few other places around the world) – 4-wheel drive is confirmed, and is standard equipment, although you can still order a 2-wheel version of that’s what floats your boat (and you have a relatively unlimited tire budget if you like to switch off the traction control). It’s available in wagon and sedan versions, and both are coming to the US (which I didn’t realize until the other day is true of the current version too).

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Now some of the fun stuff – “standard” power and torques are 550 and 531, but if that just doesn’t seem quite enough for you, there’s the S version with 577bhp and 590 lb-ft of torque. This is achieved through changes to the engine management system, and increasing the boost from 13 to 14.5 psi. Thats’s going to get your 0-60 time to somewhere between 3.5 and 3.6 seconds (sedan vs wagon due to the slight weight difference I’m guessing), and given you’re using an automatic gearbox and 4-wheel drive, you won’t need to be Lewis Hamilton to achieve something close to that at every traffic light….

2014 E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC Wagon

Two other advantages of the S pack are the higher top speed – it’s still electronically limited, but you can hit 186 mph on the Autobahn (and of course, who wouldn’t want to select the European delivery option on something like this), and it includes a limited slip diff to make the drifting a little more controllable (and the track time a little more fun).

2014 E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC Wagon

In case the use of 4-wheel drive gives images of lots (and lots) of crappy understeer at every turn, Mercedes are reassuring everyone who will listen that this is a sports based 4-wheel drive system designed for more traction but not at the expense of handling. Torque is split 33% front, 67% rear and the 3 stage ESP is tailored specifically for the 4-wheel drive chassis.

Release is planned for the summer of 2013, and although there’s no price information yet, after a quick play with the configurator of the current model on the Mercedes site, expect the final number you’re handing over to be in the 6 figure range. But, for the true car that can do everything, it might just be worth every penny. I’m off to count my pennies now to see how many more I’m going to need before I can get one of these things.

(One note – the nice people at Mercedes included the high res pictures for me to download with their press release, so you can click through and download the pics at their full resolution if you fancy)

2014 Mercedes E63 AMG – 4 Wheel Drive Confirmed

And lots of other information on this great interview/drive along from Car and Driver

 

SLS AMG Black Series

I was hoping for at least a little engine noise in this, but looks like we’ll have to wait for the rumble. The Black Series seems to me to be a little hit and miss – CLK was apparently awesome, but the C Coupe wasn’t. Wonder how good this one will be – wouldn’t mind getting the chance to find out, that’s for sure

M3 GTS vs AMG Black C63 vs 911 GT3 4.0 RS

If you haven’t already, you need to subscribe to Drive on YouTube. Another classic from Mr Harris

C63 AMG Coupe

AMG Mercedes always sound so good.

M5 Drag Race

If you wondered just how fast the new M5 was compared to it’s rivals (in a straight line), Evo has the answer for you