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More power for Mercedes C 63 AMG 'Edition 507'

01/02/13

ONE OF Mercedes’ flagship AMG cars will be given a power upgrade for what may be its final year on sale.

The C 63 AMG is to make use of technology from the SLS AMG; the only other model range still to use the glorious 6.2-litre normally-aspirated V8. Forged pistons and connecting rods join a lightweight crankshaft to reduce the internal weight by 3kg.

When multiplied by thousands of engine revolutions per minute, this will give a significantly faster- and freer-revving engine for even more fun behind the wheel from what was already a superb driving machine.

The limited edition – which has not been billed as a run-out special, leaving room for further improvements before emissions laws force its demise – will be known as the ‘Edition 507’ to reflect its metric horsepower count. It translates to 500bhp, which is 49 more than the standard model.

The engine, which will be available across the coupe, saloon and estate body styles, will catapult the C 63 AMG to 62mph in as little as 4.2 seconds on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 174mph. For the slightly lighter saloon and coupe, fuel economy is claimed to reach 23.5mpg with CO2 emissions of 280g/km.

The Edition 507 is boosted further by light-alloy wheels in two colour choices, parts from the hardcore C 63 AMG Black Series and AMG high-performance composite brakes at the front as standard. This lower unsprung mass helps improve the responsiveness of the suspension for better handling and road-holding.

A variety of interior trim colour combinations are available, with leather and Alcantara present throughout the cabin.

The car is set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with UK pricing and specifications yet to be confirmed. Little is likely to change from the details already released, though, with an on-sale date not expected before the end of summer.

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