Mercedes-AMG has revealed an updated version of its twin-turbo V8-powered C63, with new looks, more standard equipment, and the company's all-new nine-speed automatic transmission.
Power output remains the same as before, with the S model pushing out 503 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque from the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8, while the standard C63 has 469 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. The sprint from 0-60 drops slightly to 3.8 seconds for the S coupe, and 3.9 seconds for the base car. The sedan's 0-60 remains unchanged at 3.9 seconds for the S, and four seconds flat for the base. The convertibles are each a tenth slower to 60 than the sedan. Top speed has yet to be revealed.
Mechanically, the biggest change is to the transmission. Gone is the old, slightly clunky seven-speed auto, replaced by AMG's nine-speed unit. Instead of a traditional torque converter, the gearbox uses a wet clutch, which the company claims saves weight and optimizes response. The electronic limited-slip differential, which previously came only in S models, is now standard across the C63 lineup. Dynamic engine mounts are also now standard.
Cosmetically, the new C63 borrows many of its updates from the normal C-Class, with the addition of AMG-specific bumpers, vertically slotted grilles, and sculpted fenders. The interior gets a slight refresh as well, with an optional fully digital instrument cluster, and a newly designed AMG steering wheel. All C63s get six drive modes: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Race, all of which modify the engine response, steering dynamics, differential settings, and electronically controlled damping settings. Furthermore, AMG's new "Track Pace" data logger system will come standard in S models, and become an option for the base car. The system tracks 80 different sets of data while recording lap times and displays track-specific read-outs to the driver on-screen.
Pricing for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 has yet to be revealed. The car will make its world premier at the 2018 New York Auto Show tomorrow, March 28th. Deliveries start early 2019.