Daimler-Benz claim they have over 300 deposits for the new AMG C63 S high-performance sedan and estate, and the coupe version expected to be in the dealerships in Australia by 2016, having its European reveal at the Frankfurt show this year.
Even with your deposit on the table, Aussies can expect a waiting list of six months, which could even be longer.
The most powerful AMG C63 S version develops 375 kW from the 4.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 which is hand-built by just one person at AMG’s Afalterbach headquarters.
AMG C 63 S.
Transmission is via a seven-speed Speedshift multi-clutch automatic transmission and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
With 700 Nm of torque, the C63 sedan can accelerate to 100 km/h from zero in 4.0 seconds – (faster than the BMW M3 arch rival by a 0.1-seconds – and will go on to a top speed of 250 km/h.
Despite the serious performance, Mercedes says the C63 S can still return 8.6 liters per 100 km when driven more conservatively in the Drive Select C mode. Other settings include Sport+ and Race, but the consumption figures for drivers wearing a race face were not given.
The C63’s exterior is set apart from standard C-Class models with a power-bulge on the bonnet, exaggerated bumpers with bigger air openings at the front and diffuser at the back, side skirts and front mudguards that increase the width 14 mm on each side and house 19 inch alloy wheels.
Its four tailpipes are bi-modal, remaining quiet and restrained under normal cruising conditions but become vocal when the C63 is let off the leash.
Brakes are 360 mm steel discs on the front and 330 mm on the rear, but a ceramic composite set is available as an option. AMG’s ride control sports suspension is standard fare, offering the driver three-stage adjustable damping.
Customers wanting their C63 S with a touch more practicality will opt for the Estate, which offers boot space of 490 liters with the rear 40/20/40 split-fold seats raised, and 1510 liters with the rear bench folded.