Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2011–2016)
C63 AMG Coupe announced
The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine in the C 63 AMG coupé delivers a maximum output of 457 hp and peak torque of 600 Newton metres for outstanding performance: the coupé is capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds and the top speed is 155 mph (electronically limited). With this kind of specification, the new two-door vehicle is set to take the lead in its segment.
The new coupé variant benefits from all the technology updates that have been adopted on the C 63 AMG saloon and estate models. Deploying the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with "Controlled Efficiency" mode as standard and a new power steering pump reduces fuel consumption: the combined NEDC figure for the C 63 AMG coupé is 23.5 mpg.
This fuel consumption figure also applies to the performance version generating 487 hp courtesy of the AMG performance package. Available as an option, this package improves acceleration from 0 to 62 mph to 4.4 seconds, with technology transferred from the SLS AMG responsible for the 30 hp increase in output. The forged pistons, connecting rods and lightweight crankshaft adopted from the gull-wing model's high-tech drive system save three kilograms in weight.
This reduces inertia and enhances the agility and responsiveness of the high-revving, eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. Visually, the AMG performance package can be identified by the variable intake manifold in titanium grey under the bonnet, the AMG high-performance braking system with composite front discs and red painted brake callipers all round, the carbon fibre spoiler lip on the boot lid and the AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather with an Alcantara grip area.
Mercedes C-Class Coupe launched
The 2011 C-Class Coupe deploys the progressive technology featured on the soon to be launched new generation of the C-Class to deliver a coupé format that combines pure fun at the wheel with exemplary efficiency. In terms of attitude, this debuting model is tailored to a customer group aged 35 to 45 for whom professional success, love of life and a strong sense of responsibility are all important.
In the UK the C-Class Coupé will feature the AMG Sports Package as standard which further enhances the look of the car with AMG bodystyling and 18” AMG alloys.
The dashboard instrument panel features a strong, sporty and high-quality design. As standard, the coupé comes with the new generation of three-spoke steering wheel with its chromed central spoke that first appeared on the new CLS. The touch surfaces of the controls are finely detailed and galvanised. The stepped top of the instrument cluster also accommodates the central display and continues onto the front passenger side as a discreet light-catching contour.
The Becker MAPPILOT makes a low-cost navigation function, the pre-wiring for which will be standard in the UK is available for the entry-level Audio 20 CD radio. Its advantages over aftermarket solutions include integrated operation via the central controls and the Audio 20 display, a concealed location in the glove compartment and updating via an internet portal.
There is a choice of three petrol engines and two diesel powerplants to power the C-Class Coupé. All are equipped with direct injection and the ECO start/stop function as standard. All the engine variants are classed as BlueEFFICIENCY units, showing that they are particularly efficient and environmentally friendly in their use of fuel. All automatic versions feature the further-enhanced 7G‑TRONIC PLUS seven-speed automatic transmission (standard with the C 250 and C 350 petrol engines). The C220 CDI and C250 CDI diesel variants and the basic C180 petrol engine come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard.
The top engine variant is the V6 petrol engine in the C350 BlueEFFICIENCY featuring the efficient BlueDIRECT method of injection. It delivers 306PS and 370Nm. Average fuel consumption is 41.5mpg. The four-cylinder petrol engines have direct injection and are turbocharged, offering high performance and exemplary economy.
The most economical model is the C220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY with manual six-speed transmission and the standard ECO start/stop function. It has an average diesel consumption of 64.2mpg. This corresponds to 117g/km CO2. The C250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY contents itself with a combined diesel consumption of just 57.6mpg. This corresponds toemissions of 128g/km.
The AGILITY CONTROL suspension, which is standard equipment, complements the dynamic engines to perfection. This is based on an amplitude-dependent damping system: when driving normally with low shock absorber impulses, the damping forces are automatically reduced for a noticeable improvement in road roar and tyre vibration characteristics – but without any compromise in handling safety.
When shock absorber impulses are greater, for example when cornering at speed or performing evasive manoeuvres, the maximum damping forces are set and the car is effectively stabilised. The AGILITY CONTROL suspension is complemented by a rack-and-pinion steering system. Speed-sensitive steering with variable centring and a constant steering ratio is standard in the UK.
As part of the AMG Sports Package which is standard in the UK the C-Class Coupé will feature sports suspension and speed-sensitive sports steeringas standard as well.