On the eve of press days at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, Mercedes-AMG presented the performance version of the C-Class from Mercedes-AMG.
“In the U.S., the world’s biggest market for Mercedes-AMG, the sports car brand successfully grew by almost 50% compared with last year,” said Dietmar Exler, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “In order to maintain this growth, we’re bringing several groundbreaking AMG models to market.
The new C-Class performance models have the (ho-hum but expensive?) AMG radiator grille with its twin-fin design, and cladding via a new front skirt and a rear skirt with twin round tailpipes. The interior has an optional, fully digital cockpit with AMG instruments and the new generation of AMG steering wheels. The 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine now produces 287 kW (390 hp) mated to an AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission and the rear-biased AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
The most expensive models of the Mercedes-AMG C-Class are also for sale coming to market with upgrades. Available as a sedan, wagon (European market only, of course), coupe and cabriolet, the new internally so-called C 63 (fuel consumption combined: 10.4-9.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 236-227 g/km)2 performance and a revised interior. Power is transferred to the wheels by the AMG Speedshift MCT 9G gearbox with wet starting clutch. The 4.0-lietr V8 biturbo engine is available for all four body variants in two power outputs with 350 kW (476 hp) or 375 kW (510 hp).
Reprogrammed driving modes enable handling characteristics that can be adjusted to a range of driver preferences.