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Mercedes C63 AMG - Facelift

2011-02-04 Read: 3 515x

Saloon and estate versions of facelifted Mercedes C63 AMG break cover

Meet the new face of the Mercedes C63 AMG. Following last week’s leaked images, which featured a late evaluation car that didn’t have the complete set of new body panels, Mercedes has revealed the full official details of its new BMW M3-fighter.

The biggest news is that the C63 sticks with the 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8, rather than AMG’s superb 5.5-litre biturbo unit, so power output stays at 445bhp, although the optional performance package takes that to 474bhp and removes the 155mph limiter for a 174mph top speed.

However, the super saloon does get the new Speedshift multi-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox, which replaces the torque converter with a wet ‘start-up’ clutch allowing smoother transfer of power and more efficiency.

The gearbox includes four modes - Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Manual – and a launch control system called Race Start.

The new gearbox, and the addition of a new steering pump, means that the C63 saloon now returns 23.5mpg and the estate at 23.0mpg – up from 21.1mpg and 20.6mpg respectively.

Despite the improvements in efficiency, the 0-62mph times of 4.4 seconds for the saloon and 4.5 seconds for the estate are a reduction of 0.1sec respectively.

The new C63 features the same freshly facelifted look of the rest of the C-Class range that debuted at the Detroit Motor Show. More angular bumpers front and rear, a larger, more upright grille and headlights inspired by the SL all feature. The bonnet is now made from aluminium and gets more prominent power domes than the car it replaces.

Interior tweaks are minor but effective, including the updated C-Class dashboard with its better-integrated sat-nav screen, and the three-spoke steering wheel from the CLS 63 AMG.

Prices and on-sale dates will be announced closer to the car’s debut, alongside European unveil of the rest of the facelifted C-Class range, at the Geneva Motor Show.

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