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King of the Mountain: the New Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG is Unleashed in Australia

March 19th, 2008




Bathurst, NSW – The road-going sister of the Mercedes-AMG C-Class DTM (German Touring Car Masters) racing car was released in Australia yesterday and it took place at Australia’s spiritual home of motor racing.

The amazing C 63 AMG sedan, one of the year’s most anticipated new models for the Australian car market, made its first steps on Australian ground by carving its way around the internationally-renowned Mount Panorama racing circuit, one of the world’s most challenging road courses.

Commenting on its motor racing underpinnings, Horst von Sanden, managing director for Mercedes-Benz Cars in Australia, was thrilled to share this all new sports model with customers and media at such a special venue.

“This is the ideal playground for this stunning performance saloon: the road-going model of our most successful touring car at the home of touring car racing in Australia,” he said.

“Not only does this car pack class-leading driving enjoyment and performance, it also offers Mercedes luxury and safety for up to five people and their luggage across any distance.”

The C 63 AMG sedan is now the new range-leading model for the multi-award-winning Mercedes-Benz C-Class range.

Echoing its distinct race-like sound across the famous mountain yesterday was the car’s AMG-designed and developed 6.3-litre V8 petrol engine. Developing a peak output of 336 kW and a maximum torque of 600 Nm, this high-revving, naturally aspirated performance engine delivers unrivalled figures in this hotly-contested segment. The C 63 AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds; its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Power transmission rests in the capable hands of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC. Equipped with AMG steering-wheel shift paddles and featuring three drive programs, the seven-speed automatic offers everything from a seriously sporty to a comfort-oriented driving style, and incorporates a ‘throttle blipping’ function when changing down gears.

The outstanding driving pleasure and exemplary handling dynamics are primarily the result of the specially-designed front suspension system in the car, which is unique to the C 63 AMG and not available in any other C-Class model. Enhancing driving agility are features such as the AMG speed-sensitive sports steering and the new, 3-stage ESP® (Electronic Stability Programme), along with specially-developed AMG sports suspension components and 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels.

Stopping power is nothing short of amazing. The AMG high-performance brake system with large-dimensioned internally ventilated and perforated disc brakes all-round ensures flawless deceleration even during highly dynamic driving.

The quality of design and equipment in the new C 63 AMG is more than a match for its outstanding technology.

The AMG eight-cylinder range-leader differentiates itself visually from the production C-Class more than ever before. In addition to AMG bodystyling, characteristic brand features include the bonnet with power domes, the distinctive AMG radiator grille, flared front wings, the AMG rear apron with a black diffuser insert, the AMG sports exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipes and the AMG spoiler lip.

The comfortable interior is dominated by the distinctive AMG sports seats with integrated head restraints, the AMG performance steering wheel in a three-spoke design with a 365-mm rim diameter and a flattened lower section as well as the tubular-design AMG instrument cluster with its AMG main menu.

The combination of expressive design, a decidedly sporty interior and superb everyday practicality makes the C 63 AMG a unique high-performance vehicle.

Deliveries to Australian customers will now commence. The recommended retail price of the new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG is $139,500 (price excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges).

The release of the C 63 AMG coincides with the 40th birthday of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. This new V8-powered range-leader is already the fifth generation of the AMG C-Class. The family tree goes right back to the 1993 C 36 AMG – the very first vehicle to emerge from the cooperation between Daimler-Benz and AMG.

But the first steps were taken six years before.

The 190 E 3.2 AMG, unveiled in 1987, marked the beginning of the successful career of the dynamic and exclusive mid-range model from Affalterbach.

The key facts: Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Saloon

Engine

6208cc petrol V8, 4 valves per cylinder,

Power

336 kW at 6800 RPM

Torque

600 Nm at 5000 RPM

Transmission

AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC, rear-wheel drive

0-100 km/h

4.5 seconds

Fuel Consumption

13.5 litres/100km (ADR 80/01)

Emission Standard

EU4

Price

$139,500 (excludes dealer delivery & statutory charges)




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