AMG, Mercedes-Benz division, has unveiled a high-performance version of its new C-Class Coupe. The V8 powerplant in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe will be offered in two states of tune. The basic engine churns out 457HP in EU-spec, and 451HP and 443 lb-ft in US-trim, for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.5 seconds (0-60mph in 4.4 sec) and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155mph).
Buyers can opt for the AMG Development Package that pushes output to 487HP in the EU model and 481HP in the U.S.-spec variant, for a 0 to 100 km/h to 4.4 seconds and a limited maximum speed of 174 mph.
The range-topping AMG model gets a modified chassis with a separate three-link front suspension, a reinforced multi-link independent rear suspension and a wider track at both ends, plus more negative camber all round and anti-roll bars with a larger cross-section. The high-performance braking system with composite front discs and the three-stage ESP complete the performance upgrades.
The two-door Merc gets a bespoke set of body-hugging sports seats with integral head restraints, unique trim and an AMG performance steering wheel with flattened top and bottom sections that was adopted from the CLS 63 AMG.
In Europe, the market launch of the new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupe starts in July 2011 with prices in Germany set at €72,590. The new coupe will arrive to U.S. dealerships in September 2011.