• Oct 21st 2009 at 7:27PM
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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Performance Package Plus - Click above for high-res image gallery

Question: What's hotter than a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG? Well, that would be the new C63 AMG with Performance Package Plus, of course. The new super sedan from Daimler gets a 30-horsepower injection over the standard AMG model, pushing the pony count all the way to 487 – just a baker's dozen shy of the race-spec C-Class DTM model. Watch out, Caddy.

Modifications to the 6.3-liter V8 engine include new forged alloy pistons borrowed from the SLS AMG supercar and a new set of crank rods coupled with a lightweight crankshaft. A titanium-colored intake manifold and recalibrated computer module complete the package. Performance? How about zero to 62 in just 4.4 seconds and naught to 125 in under 14? Yeah, that'll do nicely.

An upgraded brake package with composite rotors is included to help the driver reign in all that speed, and Mercedes says the new PPP will be available on both the sedan and – get this – wagon bodystyles. Exterior modifications are limited to a carbon fiber spoiler for the sedan, and the interior is upgraded with an AMG steering wheel in nappa leather and seats swathed in Alcantara. No word yet on whether this beast is headed Stateside, but sales are scheduled to start in Europe before the end of the year. Hit the jump for the official press release and check out the two high-res images in our gallery below.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]


Performance Package Plus: enhanced performance for successful AMG model: C 63 AMG with a shot of SLS

Affalterbach – Enhanced driving dynamics ex factory for the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG: the new Performance Package Plus is an attractive optional extra that is designed to appeal to the power-hungry sports driver. The Performance Package Plus increases output by 22 kW/30 hp to 358 kW/487 hp. As a result, the C-Class approaches the level of performance offered by C-Class DTM vehicles, which deliver 377 kW/500 hp. The Performance Package Plus is available for the saloon and estate models and includes an AMG high-performance braking system featuring composite technology on the front axle, a carbon fibre spoiler lip (saloon) and an AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/Alcantara.

With the Performance Package Plus, the C 63 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 13.9 seconds. This beats the 336 kW/457 hp standard model by up to 1.2 seconds (0–100 km/h: 4.5 seconds; 0–200 km/h: 15.2 seconds). The top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited).

The improvement in power output to 358 kW/487 hp is due to the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine's modified engine compartment: the forged pistons adopted from the new SLS AMG super sports car together with new connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft translate into a weight saving of three kilograms. Reduced inertia boosts the agility and responsiveness of the uprated V8 engine, which is recognisable from the variable intake manifold painted in titanium grey. New engine management completes the powertrain measures in the Performance Package Plus for the C 63 AMG.

Key data at a glance:

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG with Performance Package Plus

Cylinder arrangement - V8

Cylinder angle - 90°

Valves per cylinder - 4

Displacement - 6208 cc

Bore x stroke - 102.2 x 94.6 mm

Compression ratio - 11.3:1

Output - 358 kW/487 hp at 6800 rpm

Max. torque - 600 Nm at 5000 rpm

Maximum engine speed - 7200 rpm

Engine weight (dry) - 196 kg

Fuel consumption NEDC combined - 13.4 (13.6) l/100 km

CO2 emissions - 318 (323) g/km

Acceleration 0–100 km/h - 4.4 (4.5) s

Top speed - 250 km/h*

*electronically limited; figures in brackets: estate model

AMG high-performance braking system featuring composite technology

The Performance Package Plus braking system has been adapted to the enhanced driving dynamics. A new AMG high-performance braking system ensures greater stability when driving dynamically, with compound brake discs on the front axle and red painted brake callipers all round showing the AMG logo. The brake discs feature a composite design and are connected to an aluminium bowl to avoid temperature peaks. The connection between the disc and bowl is new: instead of the usual screw connection, the aluminium bowl is now connected to the brake disc via cast-in arms. The advantage is more homogenous temperature distribution on the brake disc.

A further identifying feature of the Performance Package Plus is the AMG carbon fibre spoiler lip on the boot lid (saloon). In the interior, the AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather with a grip area trimmed in Alcantara feels good, while at the same time making a striking visual impact.

The new AMG Performance Package Plus is available for C 63 AMG saloon and estate models and can be ordered now. The sales price is €7080.50 or €646 (saloon/estate; prices include 19% VAT) with the market launch taking place in December 2009.

Extended appointments in black designo leather

New black designo leather as an optional extra will enhance the interior even further and covers the upper section of the dashboard, the upper door trim and the armrest on the centre console. This high-quality feature is available in conjunction with nappa leather appointments for €2856 (price includes 19% VAT).

The internationally successful C 63 AMG model

The C 63 AMG is one of the most popular vehicles in the Mercedes-AMG model range. In 2008, 8100 units of this high-performance car were sold worldwide. The C 63 AMG demonstrates its sports credentials in international motorsport as well as on the road. For example, the C 63 AMG estate is used as the official F1™ medical car and the C 63 AMG saloon acts as a safety car in the DTM German Touring Car Masters

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's amazing how the C-Class went from being a chick car to a "manly" car so quickly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The current gen looks more aggressive and has more presence. The previous c55 just didn't have the presence compared to the e46 m3 and the rs4.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Watch out, Caddy."

      Um, 487HP is a little shy of 556HP. and this is in a completely different size class
      • 5 Years Ago
      That 6.2 is one of the best sounding engine ever. I test drove the C63 a couple of times and it is an amazing machine. Looks like the package also includes an upgraded interior (Leather dashboard)...Yummy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what? the SLS hasn't hit the market yet, and they are already lending stuff out to other models.... come on... let the sad bloke that is going to shell out so much money over it enjoy its uniqueness for at least 6 month... not that the C63 is cheap...but hell it's a mid size sedan after all, and a station wagon as well...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just saw one a few minutes ago and it sounds like a BEAST!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish Caddy would do somethin like this for the CTS-V
        • 5 Years Ago
        Like what, paint the intake manifold "Titanium Grey"? ; )
      • 5 Years Ago
      Giving the fact that the C63 was de-tuned from the start by 50hp, you gotta love marketing....charging you extra to give some of them horses back lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      So new pistons, crank rods, crankshaft, intake manifold and an ecu remap gave this car an extra 30hp?

      Isn't this the same 6.2l v8 that Merc use in their e63 amg and puts out 503hp normally, think its putting out 525hp in the s63 amg and the cl63 amg (and 571PS in the SLS!), anyone know how they've detuned it in the C-Class by so much??
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aw, I read the title and thought it was going to have gull-wing doors.

      I heard one of these on the freeway the other night. The sound is akin to a V8 Vantage at full-throttle. Don't care for the car too much, but boy does it sound fantastic!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have owned two C class machines from Mercedes and this car would be on a short list of cars I would want. This would be a fun car to own and I do wonder how it would stack up against the Caddie with the weight difference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks nice... but composite rotors? Significant engine mods? This thing is gonna be expensive....
      • 5 Years Ago
      *cough* 6.2L *cough*. Mercedes is so deceptive.
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