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30 Oct 2011

Ahead of the global reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes has revealed the new C63 AMG Coupe, taking the fight to the new BMW M4, Lexus RCF and Audi RS5. And if the specs list is anything to go by, the established players should be very afraid.

Starting out with the looks, the new C-Class Coupe is a much slicker looking car than the model it replaces. In fact, it almost looks like someone took the glamorous S-Class Coupe and copied it at 70% scale – there’s a very similar look all over. This is a real coup for Mercedes as none of the rivals have real visual links to the models higher up the range. The new coupe has a long bonnet, tapering glasshouse and a stumpy rear that gives it really sporty proportions, something the old model never had.

Up front there is the standard AMG grille with enormous three pointed star, while the bumper has two large intakes flanking a lower central one. It mimics the look of the C63 saloon which is a good thing – both are handsome cars. There’s also the twin-fluted bonnet and flared wheelarches front and rear to cover the wider track. The short stubby rear has a carbon lip spoiler and the rear bumper has the expected quad exit exhaust system and small diffuser, with added vents either side. The C63 Coupe sits on 18-inch alloy wheels with 19-inch optional (standard on the S).

Of course the main focus of most AMG models is the engine and this C63 Coupe doesn’t disappoint, featuring the same twin turbocharged 4.0 litre V8 as the saloon and estate in standard and S specifications. As standard the engine produces 469bhp and 479lb/ft of torque which means 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds and a top speed limited to 155mph. the C63S Coupe produces 503bhp and 516lb/ft which chops 0.1 seconds off the sprint to 62mph but improved mid-range performance even more. As usual there is an AMG Driver’s Pack that raises the top speed to 186mph.

When you stack the numbers up, the new C63 Coupe certainly comes up well against the rivals. The BMW M4 has just 425bhp, while the Lexus RCF packs 471bhp but weighs more than the C63. The Audi RS5 is about to exit production so it’s not even worth adding it to the comparison. All we know is that we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new C63 Coupe and see if it handles as well as we hope, and makes the same raucous noise as the predecessor.

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