by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

The new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé - IV


Affalterbach, Germany, May 17, 2011

Design and equipment: Classic Coupé style – with added performance

Assured and athletic, dynamic and desirable: the new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé is compelling, not just from the point of view of its engineering, but also because of its appearance. The powerful two-door Coupé awakens the desire to be powering ahead even when standing still. This sporty look is continued in the interior, emphasising the unique character of the new high-performance vehicle from AMG.

The design of the C 63 AMG Coupé fits seamlessly into the C 63 AMG model family, which includes the classic Saloon as well as the practical Estate. The top-of-the-range AMG model differentiates itself from the Coupé in the C-Class model series through specific modifications to its appearance. The front, rear and side view are typically AMG in style. Many design elements will be familiar from the high-performance SL 63 AMG Roadster, the front view, for example: the new, strikingly arrow-shaped AMG front apron has lower cross-struts finished in high-gloss black as well as LED daytime driving lamps exclusively created for AMG. Large air intake openings with black grilles and side air outlets ensure efficient air flow over the engine oil and water cooling systems.

The clear glass headlamps, in particular in combination with the Intelligent Light System (ILS) as an optional extra, are true eye-catchers, as is the large Mercedes star: it is positioned on a wing-shaped horizontal grille slat in the new, distinctive radiator grille. The new engine cover, made of aluminium as a result of weight considerations, is also designed to underline the masculine feel of the vehicle. Two distinctive powerdomes unambiguously draw attention to the powerful AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine.

Wide AMG-specific wings with the "6.3 AMG" logo on them hint not only at the powerful drive system but also at the front axle specific to the C 63 AMG Coupé within. The side view is also characterised by the AMG 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels: finished in titanium grey and with high-gloss rim flanges, they bestow a markedly sporty feel to the two-door Coupé. Size 235/40 R 18 tyres are mounted on the front axle, size 255/35 R 18 on the rear. The filigree lines of the spokes allow a free view of the generously-dimensioned AMG high-performance braking system.
Special AMG side skirts connect the front section stylishly to the new AMG rear apron.
LED tail lamps, the characteristic, black diffuser and the two chrome twin tailpipes for the AMG sports exhaust system round off the rear fittingly. The AMG spoiler lip, which has been integrated harmoniously into the boot lid, reduces the lift on the rear axle and thus further optimises stability at high speeds.

AMG design in perfect harmony with the exciting style of the Coupé

All AMG-specific design characteristics go together perfectly with the compact proportions of the excitingly-designed C-Class Coupé: the C 63 AMG Coupé excites with its low-line profile and slimline C-pillar in typical three-box-design. The short overhangs at the front and rear combine assuredly with the long engine cover, powerful shoulder-line and short, sporty rear end. The steeply sloping windscreen and long, low roof stretching out to the flatly-inclined rear window are also striking elements of its overall style. Other design elements which are typical for a Coupé include the feature line along the flanks which slopes upwards towards the rear and the beltline on the C-pillar.

Interior uses fine materials and exudes a dynamic atmosphere

Sporty, dynamic, classy – the interior of the C 63 AMG Coupé inspires as much after a long journey as it does on first sight. The underlying reason for this is the combination of appealing design, fine materials, first-class quality and AMG-specific appointments. The attractive instrument panel has a large integral screen and three sportily-designed round dials in a tube design with striking lettering and red pointers. The speedometer displays a scale up to 320 km/h and sports AMG lettering, the rev counter a "6.3 V8" logo. A high-resolution, three-dimensional colour display is positioned centrally in the speedometer. When the car is unlocked, the monitor displays a full-colour AMG as greeting. The main AMG menu, with its three modes "Warm up", "Set up" and "RACE", can be found in the central display. "Warm up" shows the engine oil and coolant temperatures, "Set up" shows which ESP® mode is currently switched on and whether the transmission mode is set to "C", "S", "S+" or "M". In "RACE" mode the RACETIMER is on standby: the driver can use it to calculate circuit times on a racing circuit.

The driver can navigate the AMG main menu using twelve multifunctional buttons on the three-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather, with high-quality finishing already familiar from the CLS 63 AMG. The steering wheel rim, flattened at the top and bottom, and the specially-formed grip areas which are covered in perforated leather allow perfect control of the vehicle. The three-dimensional airbag cover, with the chromed Mercedes star mounted on it, is embedded in a metallic, "Silver Shadow" trim, whose lower spoke has a cut-out design. Aluminium shift paddles are provided to give manual gear selection.

AMG sports seats with EASY ENTRY system

All the surface areas of the controls are trimmed in "Silver Shadow". The impression of high quality that permeates the C 63 AMG Coupé is additionally heightened by the AMG-specific trim in high-gloss black piano lacquer look which can be found on the instrument panel and the door linings. The rotary switch for the transmission modes "C", "S", "S+", "M" and "RACESTART" is next to the selector lever on the centre console, which is finished in the high-gloss black piano lacquer look.

The new AMG sports seats offer first-class comfort over long journeys and a high degree of lateral support for sporty driving as well. Fitted with integral, adjustable, crash-active NECK-PRO® head restraints, as well as AMG badges in the seat backs and the EASY ENTRY system for convenient access to the rear of the vehicle, they make time spent on board the C 63 AMG Coupé extremely pleasant.

New ARTICO/DINAMICA upholstery combination

The ARTICO/DINAMICA black upholstery combination is the standard specification for the AMG sports seats. DINAMICA is an innovative, breathable artificial fibre which distinguishes itself not just because of its low emissions and high light-fastness: the breathability of this easy to grip and skin-friendly material means it is perfect for use in cars, too. While the DINAMICA can be seen in the centre panels of the AMG sports seats, the ARTICO man-made leather can be seen on the side seat bolsters. The sporty design is characterised by the horizontal seamlines in the centre panels, which can also be seen on the rear seat bank. The C 63 AMG Coupé is a true four-seater: the rear seat backs can be conveniently folded down in 1/3:2/3 proportions to increase variability and expand the room available in the boot.

The extensive standard specification also includes (selection):

- AMG door sills in brushed stainless steel
- AMG sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs
- Audio 20 CD radio with double tuner, colour display, Bluetooth® interface, hands-free function, USB interface and eight loudspeakers
- Headlamp Assist
- THERMATIC automatic climate control
- Tyre pressure loss warning system
- Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC variable speed limiter
- Front seats with electrical height and backrest adjustment and mechanical seat squab angle adjustment

Other optional extras include (selection):

- Memory package for the front seats, front head restraints, steering column and exterior mirrors including 4-way lumbar support for the driver and front passenger and PRE-SAFE® positioning function for the front passenger seat
- Intelligent Light System
- Electrical panoramic sliding sunroof
- Reversing camera
- Tinted side/rear windows
- Rear sidebags on the left and right
- Heated front seats
- Dark brushed aluminium trim
- Matt brown ash wood trim

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