Is this the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG?

August 30, 2014
A leak might have prematurely revealed the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG ahead of its official debut later this year.

Aimed squarely at the BMW M3/M4 duo, the next C63 will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that it will share with the AMG GT sports car. While the GT will boast roughly 510 horsepower in its most powerful configuration, the V8 will be tuned to generate approximately 480 ponies when bolted in the C63′s engine bay.

Power will be sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission controlled by shift paddles. Whether or not a six-speed stick will be available is up in the air, but Mercedes has previously confirmed it is not planning on offering a dual-clutch gearbox for a multitude of reasons ranging from cost to customer demand.

The C63 will boast a muscular-looking front end accented by a twin-slat radiator grille and sizable air dams with mesh inserts. Earlier reports indicate the C63 will eventually be offered as a sedan, a coupe, a convertible and a station wagon, though the latter body style will not land on this side of the pond. All models will sit lower than their more humble non-AMG counterparts thanks to an adjustable sport-tuned suspension setup.

Inside, leaked images reveal the C63 will pack a performance-focused cockpit with sports seats upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara, a meaty three-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel and an AMG-specific instrument cluster with carbon fiber inserts. A Burmester audio system will be available at an extra cost.

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG will debut online on September 29th. The sedan variant will go on sale across the United States next year as a 2016 model, and the coupe and convertible models will follow shortly after.

What’s Next?
Last April, a Mercedes source confirmed to Leftlane that the next C63 will get a hardcore, range-topping S version that will bring more power, upgraded brakes and model-specific visual add-ons inside and out. The C63 AMG S will be introduced about a year after the regular C63.

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