The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is due for minor updates for the 2017 model year. Perhaps most notable is a complete redesign for the coupe version, which the automaker plans to bring to a new level of performance and luxury. Shoppers will need to wait, however- like the 2017 C300, the next coupe will be skipping the 2016 model year.
Styling will borrow heavily from the brand’s flagship S-Class coupe introduced in 2015. The new car will get a sleeker yet muscular look with some sporty design cues. Larger wheel arches are designed to enable the use of wider tires for better traction. A sculpted aluminum hood and massive front air inlets are functional and help set the car apart from non-AMG cars.
Under the hood, the car will get a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine, the same offered in the 2015 sedan. The powerplant produces 469 hp with 479 lb-ft of peak torque in base form and 503 hp with 516 lb-ft in the higher-performance S model. A 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters will come standard, although the S model will get a “race mode” for more lively performance.
In terms of acceleration, the standard model will go from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, with the S model having a slight advantage at 3.8 seconds. While acceleration is closely matched, the S model will have an electronically limited top speed of 180 mph compared with 155 mph on the base model. The S also gets an electronic rear-axle limited-slip differential compared with a mechanical one in the base model.
Inside the coupe’s interior, expect a level of refinement much like the redesigned C-Class Sedan. The car will come standard with sport seats, although optional performance seats positioned lower to the ground with aggressive side bolsters will also be offered.