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2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mercedes-Benz hasn't made a whole host of changes for the 2012 C63 AMG. Exterior styling aside, the engine has carried over unchanged, and if we're honest, that's perfectly fine with us. After all, the 451-horsepower 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 under the hood is a gravel-voiced honey of a powerplant, and even if you don't add in the optional AMG Development package that boosts output to 481 hp, the end result is simply stunning.

Among the limited changes under the skin is the institution of AMG's 7-speed Speedshift MCT gearbox derived from the cogswapper in the SL63 AMG. The transmission has a new 'Controlled Efficiency' mode, and combined with a new power steering pump and other small changes, Benz says the C63 gulps down about 10 percent less fuel than it did last year.

So, what's new for 2012? There's a new front fascia with a redesigned lower apron, grille and daytime running lamps, and the new headlamps are a bit more akin to what we see on the SL roadster. Inside, there's a new dashboard with LCD screen, a revised three-spoke steering wheel, and an expanded range of optional tech features like lane-departure warning and internet access. Good stuff, but with a car like this, we could hardly care about appearance with such an absurdly fantastic powerplant under the hood.

The 2012 C63 AMG makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, and we have a fresh batch of images of the new hotness direct from the show floor. In fact, just to tease us a bit more, the automaker even chose to debut the not-for-U.S. Estate version, which turns the awesomeness level up to 11. Click through the gallery below to see what's what, then head on over to the jump to read about the million tiny ways in which one of our favorite sport sedans has improved for 2012.

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AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT sports transmission increases efficiency: New design and enhanced technology for the C 63 AMG

Affalterbach – The successful Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG is now more attractive than ever: the modified design of the top-of-the-range C-Class model is complemented by numerous enhancements to its technology which deliver even more driving enjoyment while reducing fuel consumption significantly. The introduction of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission with the "Controlled Efficiency" mode as standard along with a new power steering pump helps to reduce the combined NEDC fuel consumption by about ten percent to 12.0 l/100 km (Estate: 12.3 l/100 km). The output of the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine is unchanged at 336 kW (457 hp) and can be increased to a maximum of 358 kW (487 hp) with the optional AMG Performance package. Agility, grip and ride comfort have been enhanced as a result of numerous measures to optimise the AMG sports suspension. New assistance systems and a new generation of telematics with internet access increase both safety and comfort.
The latest 2011 generation of the C 63 AMG is now more dynamic and athletic than ever. Thanks to its new radiator grille with a large Mercedes star and a wing-type transverse louvre, as well as a new AMG front apron with a lower cross member painted in high-gloss black, special AMG daytime running lights and side air outlets, the front section recalls the look of the SL 63 AMG high-performance roadster. The new bonnet with its modified powerdomes is now made of aluminium. New clear-lens headlamps emphasise the car's distinctive, self-confident presence, especially when the optional Intelligent Light System (ILS) is also specified. The wide front wings with the "6.3 AMG" legend and the new 5 twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels which are painted in titanium grey and have a high-sheen finish dominate the side view. Good contact with the road is provided by the wide 235/40 R 18 and 255/35 R 18 tyres at front and rear respectively.
The rear view of the C 63 AMG also evokes the SL 63 AMG: the new AMG rear apron has a distinctive, black diffuser insert with three pronounced diffuser fins. The two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system are as pleasing to the ear as they are to the eye.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission from the SL 63 AMG
Under the skin, too, the top C-Class model boasts a wealth of new technology including the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission - another advanced feature adopted from the SL 63 AMG. Rather than using a torque converter, this innovative transmission has a wet start-off clutch which allows it to deliver a much more efficient, agile and direct response. Fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced significantly thanks to the "Controlled Efficiency" mode and a new power steering pump: at 12.0 litres per 100 km (Estate: 12.3 l/100 km) the combined NEDC fuel consumption of the C 63 AMG is 1.4 litres (Estate: 1.3 litres) lower than that of the predecessor model; this represents a reduction in fuel consumption of some ten percent. The CO2 emissions figure is now 280 (Estate: 288) grams per kilometre. Both power variants have identical fuel consumption and emission figures.
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission impresses with its exceptional flexibility: with four driving modes as well as double-declutching and RACE START functions it is as compatible with a relaxed, fuel-saving driving style as it is with high-speed laps on a closed racing circuit and extremely dynamic overtaking manoeuvres. The Controlled Efficiency "C" mode is programmed to provide early, comfortable upshifts while maintaining the lowest possible engine speed to help the driver keep fuel consumption down. The "S", "S+" and "M" modes deliver increased agility through fast, responsive gear changes and higher revs. Gear changes in the "S+" and "M" modes take just 100 milliseconds.
The naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine with its large displacement of 6208 cc develops 336 kW (457 hp) at 6800 rpm and attains a peak torque of 600 newton metres at 5000 rpm. A look at the performance figures confirms that the new C 63 AMG retains its predecessor's position as the top performing model in its segment: acceleration from standstill to 100 km/h takes just 4.5 seconds (Estate: 4.6 s) while the top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited).
Performance package: technology transfer from the SLS AMG
Even more dynamic performance is available with the optional AMG Performance package: this offers 358 kW (487 hp) and allows a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.4 seconds (Estate: 4.5 s). The Mercedes-AMG engine experts have achieved this increase in output thanks to a technology transfer from the SLS AMG: the forged pistons, connecting rods and the lightweight crankshaft all come from the gullwing model's engine. The reduced mass inertia of the components – which are three kilograms lighter than those of the standard version – allows the naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine to rev up with even greater ease and agility. Models equipped with the performance package can be identified by the variable intake manifold painted in titanium grey under the bonnet, the AMG high-performance braking system with composite front discs and red painted brake calipers all round, the carbon-fibre spoiler lip on the boot lid (Saloon) and the AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather with an Alcantara® grip area.
Key data at a glance:
C 63 AMG
C 63 AMG Estate
6208 cc
6208 cc
Bore x stroke
102.2 x 94.6 mm
102.2 x 94.6 mm
Compression ratio
11.3 : 1
11.3 : 1
336 kW (457 hp) at 6800 rpm
358 kW (487 hp) at 6800 rpm*
336 kW (457 hp) at 6800 rpm
358 kW (487 hp) at 6800 rpm*
Max. torque
600 Nm at 5000 rpm
600 Nm at 5000 rpm
Engine weight (dry)
196 kg
196 kg
Fuel consumption NEDC combined
12.0 l/100 km
12.3 l/100 km
CO2 emissions
280 g/km
288 g/km
Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h
4.5 s 4.4 s*
4.6 s 4.5 s*
Top speed**
250 km/h**
250 km/h**
* with AMG Performance package; ** electronically limited
Optimised suspension, new steering system reduces fuel consumption
The AMG sports suspension with a special front axle, reinforced rear axle and wider track all round has undergone thorough modification; the driver benefits from this in two ways as the C 63 AMG now offers greater driving enjoyment and ride comfort at all times. The new, stiffer elastokinematics, the revised axle kinematics with more negative camber all round and the new rear-axle anti-roll bar with a larger cross-section result in higher agility and greater lateral acceleration. But driving dynamics is not the only area in which progress has been made: new spring and damper rates have optimised both the responsiveness of the suspension as well as the road roar and tyre vibration characteristics.
The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with a direct ratio (13.5 : 1) has a newly developed power-steering pump which plays a decisive role in reducing the fuel consumption. This is because the power assistance for the steering only requires energy when the driver is actually making steering movements. Reliable deceleration at all times is ensured by the AMG high-performance braking system with internally ventilated and perforated discs all round.
Interior: high quality and perceived value
Even a quick glance at the interior of the C 63 AMG reveals the considerable progress which has been made: the completely new dashboard design with an integrated screen impresses with its particularly attractive appearance and the superior quality of the details which immediately bring the new CLS 63 AMG to mind. The quality look and feel meet the highest standards. The new, all-colour, three-dimensional TFT display in the middle of the redesigned speedometer welcomes the driver by showing the AMG logo. The new three-spoke AMG performance steering wheel - another feature adopted from the CLS 63 AMG – which is trimmed in nappa leather and features a metallic trim element has flattened top and bottom sections as well as grip areas which are specially shaped and trimmed in perforated leather for perfect steering control. Aluminium shift paddles allow manual gear selection.
Fine trim elements in brushed dark aluminium are to be found on the dashboard and doors. Situated in the centre console, which is enhanced with high-gloss black piano lacquer trim elements, is the new rotary control for selecting the transmission modes C, S, S+, M and RACE START. The special AMG sports seats with integral head restraints and adaptive backrests are available from launch with combined ARTICO/DINAMICA black upholstery. DINAMICA is a new type of breathable man-made fibre which is pleasant to the touch and is characterised by low emissions and a high degree of lightfastness. The side bolsters of the AMG sports seats are covered in ARTICO while the centre panels of the seat cushions are also upholstered with DINAMICA.
Available as an option, designo leather appointments give the interior of the C 63 AMG a particularly exclusive character: four single colours and three two-tone combinations are available. As a further option, these can be complemented with "extended black designo leather appointments" for the top section of the dashboard and the upper section of the door linings.
Other attractive optional appointments are also exclusively available for the C 63 AMG from the AMG Performance Studio:
  • AMG five-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in titanium grey with a high-gloss finish, with 235/40 R 18 (front) and 255/35 R 18 (rear) tyres
  • AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in titanium grey with a high-gloss finish, with 235/35 R 19 (front) and 255/30 R 19 (rear) tyres
  • AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted in matt black with a high-gloss finish on the rim flange, with 235/35 R 19 (front) and 255/30 R 19 (rear) tyres
  • AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package
  • AMG rear axle differential lock
  • AMG trim elements in carbon fibre/high-gloss black piano lacquer
  • Illuminated AMG door sill panels
  • AMG velour floor mats
Eleven new driving assistance systems already established in the S-Class and CLS

The C 63 AMG features eleven new driving assistance systems which are already established in the S-Class flagship range and the trend-setting CLS. These assistance systems use the latest radar, camera and sensor technology and are designed to combat common causes of accidents, such as insufficient distance to the vehicle ahead, drowsiness and darkness. They raise the safety standard of the C-Class to a new level by warning the driver of a hazard, or, if necessary, taking active corrective measures.
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist
  • Active Blind Spot Assist
  • Speed Limit Assist
  • PARKTRONIC including parking guidance
  • PRE-SAFE® Brake
  • Reversing camera
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist
New generation of telematics is the first to feature internet access
The C-Class sees the debut of a new telematics generation which will also be
gradually introduced in other model series. Major new features include greater operating convenience, larger displays, telephone directory transfer via Bluetooth®, wireless music reproduction and a USB interface in the centre console.
The top-of-the-range COMAND Online system now provides internet access for the first time. When the car is stationary the customer can browse freely or surf to a Mercedes-Benz Online service whose pages load particularly rapidly. The integrated services include weather information and a local search function as well as the option of downloading a route that has been previously configured on a PC using Google maps and sent to the car. The navigation system of COMAND Online also has added functions. New features include a 3D display with virtual city views. Also new: routes covered can be recorded and repeated later, specific personal destinations can be entered and stored and three alternative routes can be displayed on the screen - one of them a particularly economical variant.
As a first in the C-Class, the Becker MAP PILOT makes a low-cost navigation function, which can also be retrofitted, available for the entry-level Audio 20 radio. Its advantages over aftermarket solutions include integrated operation via the COMAND Controller and the Audio 20 display.
C 63 AMG – fast-track to best-seller status

Launched in summer 2007, the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG rapidly established itself as a real best-seller in the AMG model range. Customers all over the world appreciated this unique combination of a powerful and torquey naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine, a distinctive sound, an agile sports suspension and expressive design. Over the past three and a half years more than 17,000 AMG enthusiasts have chosen the C 63 AMG, 88 percent of them opting for the Saloon (Estate: 12 percent). The AMG Performance package, which has been available since autumn 2009, is proving particularly popular: over 30 percent of all the C 63 AMG models delivered in 2010 were specified with this attractive option.
The new C 63 AMG is available as a Saloon and as an Estate; the market launch starts in July 2011. All prices at a glance (incl. 19 % VAT):
  • C 63 AMG Saloon:€ 71,340.50
  • C 63 AMG Estate:€ 73,899.00
  • AMG Performance package:€ 7116.20 / € 6461.70 Euro (Saloon / Estate)

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      • 4 Years Ago
      If I were in the market for a new car I'd compare the Mustang GT, M3, C63 ,and a Ford Fusion all together, they all have engines and doors
        • 4 Years Ago
        By that logic you should start comparing it with Ferrari's, Porsches, Bentleys and the rest of the lot too
      • 4 Years Ago
      The C63 and M3 are evolving into a smaller and smaller niche as the AMERICAN Muscle cars and Pony cars keep stepping up the horse power for less $$$.

      As for this wagon, it'll never be sold here anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        MosquitoControl is the perfect example of a status symbol buying a**hole. He buys these types of cars impress women. Seriously? You need a car to get women? That's the same as saying that you want to die alone. You're never goin to be happy with who you're with because the girl you're with is impressed with the money in your bank account rather than YOU.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not all of us here are kids who pretend we're adults(yes I wish I was young again but that's a whole different matter), and those that can afford a C63 will not cross-shop with the mustang. A Charger R/T or a 300C maybe, definitely not a mustang.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Devil,

        I would say that the m3/c63 are dream cars that many 'normal' people, with normal jobs can attain if they want to. My dream car is an M3 and I know if I work hard enough one day I will own one unlike my other dream cars (ferrari) which I probably will never be able to afford.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not sure that many M3 and C63 AMG buyers are looking at Mustangs and Camaros. Mercedes would be stupid to not bring the C Class estate in any form over.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The performance is similar enough, but you're also paying for refinement and better looks. In the sedan or especially estate/touring version, practicality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i would never buy a m3/c63 to attract females. I would only buy it to make me happy. Screw any girl who won't go out with you because you don't try a nice car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BLAH BLAH BLAH...When it comes to buying time (not DREAMING time as you all are now) The Z28, Boss 302 and Challenger 392 spank this depreciating king Benz on all levels..ask your dad what he would buy kids.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Yup. If I were looking to spend M3/C63 money today then no Mustang would sway me. Too gaudy. Too childish. I'd feel like a high school kid or a 40 year old overcompensating. Yes, I know, many think BMWs and MBs are overcompensation. It's a difference of opinion, and people tend to be one camp or the other. For those that I associate with, and the girls I look to attract, the BMW/MB is where I want to be.

        However, I will say that the Boss 302 is probably enough to sway me from the C350/328 I'd been considering. From a 335? I don't know. There's also the issue of acquiring a Boss 302; I'm not sure how easy that'll be. But man, interior issues aside that's one hell of a beast. Then again, it snows here, and P-Zeros won't be fun to replace.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I did not say I buy the car to attract girls, I said the girls I look to attract are ones that prefer German over Ford. There's a difference there.
      • 4 Years Ago

      And lol @ the guy comparing this to a Mustang or Camaro. I'd rather have this any day even if the Mustang had 1000 hp for $20 bucks.

      That being said, the CTS-V would get my nod because of the 6-speed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why is it a bad thing to compare the Mustang to the C63 AMG and M3? The Mustang GT is right on par with the M3 in performance. Who the hell cares about cross-shopping? Seriously, if all you care about is cross-shopping, then you are as worse as the a**holes who buy those cars just for status symbols.

        If I, myself, were in the market for an M3, C63 AMG, and Mustang GT, I would be cross-shopping. I don't care about status symbols. I care about performance and looks. I'm sure there are other people out there like me. Not everybody in the world wants a status symbol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I'm in the market for a 4 door wagon, I'm definitely not cross shopping for Mustangs.

        Common sense.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I could afford this car, I would drive it forever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any chance of getting some higher res picks? Say 1920x1200? :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mercedes you are so stupid this is car
        • 4 Years Ago
        Car Loan Los Angeles, where did you learn the English language?
      • 4 Years Ago
      amy says...ugly car..ugly car
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather have the Alpina item a few clicks below but boy this AMG would be a belter!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damnit Mercedes, why you gotta tease us like this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy giggity.

      That is one bad ass wagon, and being a V8 AMG it will sound VERY angry.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I see what you did there, the sledge hammer reference in the title.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi Avants > all other estates. (and this is an über-poor example, sorry MB) Ok, ok, most BMW estates are pretty awesome.
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