We've known Mercedes-Benz was planning to build a new C-Class coupe sometime in 2011, and we figured an AMG variant would come along as well. We now have the first details on the upcoming C63 AMG Coupe, and it's set to be a 'Bahn stormer.
Instead of using the new twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V-8 going into Mercedes-Benz's new 63-series AMG cars, the C63 coupe will use the same 6.2-liter V-8 as the C63 sedan. We can't really complain about the engine; although it loses a few ticks in fuel efficiency to the updated V-8, it's certainly a monster. In sedan trim, the V-8 puts out 451 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, but the tuning wizards in Affalterbach plan on increasing output further in the C63 coupe.
"We're looking to up the power beyond that of today's C63 AMG," an inside AMG source told British magazine Autocar. Referring to its natural competitors, the BMW M3 coupe and upcoming Audi RS5, the sourced affirmed that "it's safe to say it will be the most powerful of the three."
Mercedes-Benz AMG officials say the car was intended as a direct RS5/M3 rival. With horsepower output of the coupe reported to be around 480, it will best the Audi and BMW by 30 and 66 horsepower, respectively.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe takes some dramatic styling cues from its bigger brothers in the Benz family with a drastic, two-slat grill from the CL, the double headlamps from the E-Class and a kinked C-pillar that looks to be from an Accord Coupe.
AMG readies a direct competitor for BMW’s golden-boy M3.
Seen here is an AMG version of the upcoming C-class coupe, which is built on the same platform as—but is designed to cater to a younger customer base than—the E-class coupe. Power for AMG's C coupe will come from a slightly detuned version of Affalterbach’s new 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8. It will likely be turbocharged, although we've heard voices say a naturally aspirated version is not entirely unthinkable. A turbocharged V-6 is another possibility. What the coupe would be called is still up in the air and depends on what powers the vehicle—if it gets the turbo 5.5-liter, it will likely be called C63, but if it gets a naturally aspirated version of that engine or a six, the designation would almost certainly be different. Regardless of powerplant, top speed will be governed at 155 mph, but AMG will offer a package to increase top speed to a governed 174 mph.
Visual cues will include four large exhaust pipes, 18- or 19-inch AMG wheels, a sizeable rear spoiler that grows out of the shoulder line's upward kink, and an aero package. The front end will be dominated by large air intakes in the fascia with aggressive LED daytime running light strips. Inside, the AMG will have unique aluminum or carbon-fiber trim and sports seats.
The C-class coupe, by the way, won't remain the smallest AMG for long. We expect versions of the next-generation A- and B-class platform, potentially powered by a turbocharged four churning out upwards of 300 hp. But, with hairy V-8 muscle a near certainty—and with a Black Series sedan in the stable—the C-class is looking like the AMG project to watch.
* The latest addition to the German automaker's ever-expanding stable of AMG performance models arrives at U.S. dealers in September.
* The new C63 AMG Coupe shares much of its go-fast hardware with the 2012 C63 AMG Sedan.
* The standard C63 AMG Coupe makes 451 horsepower; the optional AMG Development package boosts that to 481 hp.
2012 BRABUS Bullit Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe with 800hp
Whenever the BRABUS name is attached to anything, you just know it’s going to be serious. Meet the 2012 BRABUS Bullit Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, featuring a twin-turbo V12 with 800hp.
We warned you it’s going to be serious. Based on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, the BRABUS Bullit is the German tuning company’s latest rocket ship, set to debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show later this week.
We’ll get straight to the good stuff. Under the bonnet, BRABUS rips out the standard Mercedes-Benz engine, and slots in an monstrous 6.3-litre twin-turbo V12. The engine is based on the 5.5-litre V12 seen in the S-Class, only the capacity is stretched and two larger turbochargers are added. Even just looking at the engine, you can tell it’s a pure masterpiece.
The power figures are simply mind-blowing, especially for a C-Class. BRABUS says maximum power is rated at 588kW (800hp) while maximum torque is 1420Nm, but is limited to 1100Nm for drivetrain conservation purposes.
All that power means 0-100km/h can be achieved in just 3.7 seconds, however, that’s not what the 2012 BRABUS Bullit is about. Top speed is rated at an insane 370km/h. Acceleration from 0-200km/h also takes just 9.8 seconds. This is a speed machine.
Like all BRABUS vehicles, the interior receives a bespoke makeover, while the exterior features a sinister BRABUS bodykit and large alloy wheels, with various badges and trimming highlights.
The new 2012 BRABUS Bullit Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe will hit the market with prices starting at 449,820 euros (approximately AU$553,255). More details are expected at the Geneva show, stay tuned.
Exterior is a bit meh, but damn that power would be sweet.
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