In case you haven’t noticed, AMG has adopted forced induction for every new model it introduces, from the A- to the S-Class and practically anything in between, all in the name of improving fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions without missing out on performance.
There are two Mercedes-Benz models, though, that still hang on to the “old” naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8, code-named M 156: the SLS AMG and the C 63 AMG. That’s a good thing because, no matter how efficient the turbocharged units are, the soundtrack of that V8 on full throttle is music to the ears of every sports car fan.
Merc’s Affalterbach-based performance division has decided to sprinkle a little of the SLS magic on the C-Class. Thus it launched the C 63 AMG “Edition 507” that puts out 500HP (507PS) and 610 Nm (450 lb-ft) of torque; that makes it 50 ponies more powerful than the stock C 63 AMG and beats the AMG Development Packaged equipped version by 20HP.
The increase in output comes thanks to forged pistons from the SLS AMG, new connecting rods, a lighter crankshaft and a new engine management system. The “Edition 507” is just 10HP and 10 Nm short than the Black Series and accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, just one tenth slower than the range-topping coupe, while its top speed is electronically restricted at 280 km/h (174 mph).
Unlike the Black Series, though, which only comes as a coupe, the “Edition 507” will be available as a sedan and an estate, too, with the latter being one tenth of a second slower than the other two on the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint.
Externally, the new version features dark-tinted headlamps, an aluminum bonnet with two air outlets “borrowed” from the Black Series variant, new 19-inch lightweight alloys with 235/35 front and 255/30 rear tires, a high-gloss black finish on details like the surrounds of the grille and the daytime driving lights, and an exclusive platinum paintjob..
Power is still directed to the rear wheels via the 7-Speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT auto gearbox, while stopping is taken care off by carbon ceramic discs that measure 360 mm in diameter up front and feature six- and four-piston red calipers at the front and rear respectively.
Customers can choose between three different equipment and trim options for the interior and they get an Alcantara-covered sports steering wheel and gear lever.
The C 63 AMG “Edition 507” will make its international debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5. The sales release will begin on April 8 and the market launch in Germany in June.
By Andrew Tsaousis
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