The Mercedes-benz C 63 Amg

by : Jason Moore

Mercedes-Benz, maker of top of the line cars and its auto parts including , has just released the details of its new, highly anticipated C 63 AMG.

Due to hit the market in early 2008, the high-performance C-Class promises not only stunning looks, but impressive performance specs as well. Beginning with a 6.3-litre V8 engine that delivers a peak output of 336 kW/457 hp and maximum torque of 600 newton metres, this machine is powerful enough to take you from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.

The V8 flagship model likewise boasts of exemplary handling thanks to a wider track, an all-new front axle, speed-sensitive AMG sports steering and suspension plus a new 3-stage Electronic Stability Program.

The C 63 AMG sis the fifth generation of the cooperative venture between Daimler-Benz and AMG, and features an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h and achieves its 336 kW/457 hp output at 6800 rpm from a displacement of 6208 cubic centimetres, the speed of which clearly calls to its kinship to the 470 odd horsepower delivered by its sister AMG C-Class racing touring car in the German Touring Car Championships (DTM).

The 6.3-litre V8 engine produces torque said to be 30 percent more than comparable engines in this performance class, reaching a maximum of 600 newton metres at 5000 rpm. The torque curve is guaranteed to elicit ooohhh and ahhs: from 2000 to 6250 rpm the driver always has more than 500 newton metres on call offering powerful acceleration in any engine speed range.

First introduced in 2005, the AMG V8 engine boasts variable camshaft adjustment, four-valve technology with bucket-type tappets, a rigid aluminum crankcase of closed-deck design, low-friction TWAS coating on the cylinder contact surfaces and electronically controlled fuel delivery.

The exterior design is exciting with its new bonnet featuring prominent power domes along with the trademark AMG radiator grille with a central star and two louvers with chrome inserts. The honeycomb pattern of the grille is also reflected in the large air dams of the new front apron which forms part of the AMG-specific body-styling. These are of course, only to name a few.

Meanwhile, the car's 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels and the AMG sports exhaust system with two chrome twin tailpipes provide further visual highlights. This works well with the spoiler lip on the boot lid which reduces lift and ensures greater handling stability during high speeds.

Inside, it is equally exciting: there are special AMG sports seats with integral head restraints added for the first time. The standard upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather/AMG fabric is available in a choice of black or reef grey. Or if you want something more unique, as an option, the interior can be further enhanced with particularly high-grade leather in black, reef grey or black/sahara beige.

The three-spoke design AMG performance steering wheel is also new with its rim diameter of 365 millimetres and a flattened lower section.

Now the question on everybody's mind is - can this Mercedes-Benz M3 challenger beat its rival in the market? We'll just have to wait and see.