The next-generation, high-performance Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe is based on the redesigned 2017 C-class coupe going on sale in the U.S. next spring, but they share only doors, roof and trunk lid.
To visually distinguish the AMG version from the regular coupe, Mercedes gave it a wider body, unique side panels and a longer domed hood. It also has larger wheels and flared front and rear wheel arches to create a more muscular look.
The C63 coupe uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 paired with the brand’s seven-speed Speedshift automatic transmission with paddle shifters. That’s the same combination that’s in the redesigned C63 sedan that went on sale this year. Mercedes says the 469-hp C63 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
The C63 coupe will cost around $10,000 more than the outgoing model.
Though Mercedes-Benz hasn’t yet announced pricing for the 2017 C63 coupe, the automaker says it will begin in the low $70,000s. Pricing for the outgoing 2015 model starts at $63,925, including shipping. Mercedes says the base 2017 C63 will have more content, including the more powerful 469-hp engine.
Pricing for an even higher-performance model also is increasing by around $10,000. The 2017 503-hp C63 S will begin in the low $80,000s. It is comparable to the outgoing C63 Edition 507, which was priced at $73,675, including shipping. The 2015 models are on sale until dealers run out of inventory, and Mercedes is skipping the 2016 model year.
The cars debut Sept. 15 at the Frankfurt auto show and will go on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2016.
Mercedes says the car’s main rivals are the Audi RS5, BMW M4 and Cadillac ATS-V.