Geneva Sneak Peek: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Leaks to Web

Mercedes may have launched the new C-Class  earlier this month, but it is the performance version that has had enthusiasts holding their collective breath. The 2012 C63 AMG is set to debut at Geneva, but Mercedes just couldn’t wait to let the ferocious cat out of the bag.

When Mercedes released photography of the 2012 C-Class, the first question was, how will this affect the C63? Well first the best news: AMG has decided to stay with the normally-aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 from the previous car. The burbling monster that really defines the car is rated at 451 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. An optional AMG Development Package includes forged pistons, lightweight connecting rods, revised crankshaft and revised ECU programming and increases the horsepower figure to 481. The package also includes an increase in the speed limiter to 174mph, red brake calipers over two piece 14.2-inch front rotors, an AMG performance steering wheel and last but not least a carbon-fiber rear lip spoiler.

The C63 is equipped with AMG’s MCT single-clutch automatic transmission that is equipped with four different modes. One of those modes incorporates a launch-control feature to optimize performance off the line to satisfy your inner drag racer.

It sounds as if Mercedes and AMG have kept everything that made the previous car so good and simply replaced its few soft spots. The transmission will be a welcome addition as will some of the luxury features. Overall, we are just thrilled beyond belief that the big thumper of a V-8 is still under the hood.

A list of standard and optional equipment is included below the gallery.

Source: Mercedes

Equipment List – 2012 C63 AMG Sedan

Standard Equipment

Comfort/Convenience

  • Power sunroof with express open and close
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with dust filter
  • 8-way power front seats with lumbar support and Driver Memory
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Single disc CD/ MP3 /AM/ FM/ Weatherband radio
  • HD Radio*
  • iPod®/MP3 Media Interface
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming*
  • 8-speaker sound system with auxiliary input, USB port
  • harman/kardon LOGIC7® Surround-Sound System
  • Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling
  • Central controller with 5.8" display*
  • Multifunction leather steering wheel*
  • 4.5" color instrument cluster display*
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • Rain sensor
  • Integrated rear view mirror compass
  • Auto dimming mirrors
  • Integrated garage door opener
  • Tilt & telescoping steering column
  • Cruise control
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Power windows with express up and down
  • Automatic headlamps with twilight sensor & locator lighting
  • Trip computer
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Black Ash Wood Trim*

Performance/Handling

  • 451 (481**) Horsepower @ 6,500 RPM
  • 443 lb-ft of Torque @ 5,000 RPM
  • Front suspension: 3-link independent strut-type with stabilizer bar
  • Rear suspension: Multi-link independent with stabilizer bar
  • 18” Twin 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels*
  • 235/40R18 (f) / 255/35 R18 (r) performance tires
  • Dual twin exhaust with chrome outlets
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-Speed MCT automatic transmission w/4 shift modes and
  • Race Start function*

= new for 2012 MY **=w/Development Package

Safety/Security

ATTENTION ASSIST*

  • New vehicle 4-year/50,000 mile warranty
  • 24 hr. roadside assistance program
  • Owner information kit
  • Mercedes-Benz maintenance system
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • LED Tail Lamps*
  • Steel-reinforced cabin with front & rear crumple zones
  • Front & rear outboard seatbelts with pre-tensioners & force limiters
  • Dual two stage front airbags
  • Side airbags mounted in front seat backrests
  • Head protection curtains
  • Dual front pelvic airbags
  • Drivers side knee airbag
  • Active front head restraints
  • 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with Brake Assist System
  • 3-stage AMG Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)
  • Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR)
  • LATCH-lower anchors and tethers for children
  • Antitheft alarm with engine immobilizer
  • SmartKey with panic button
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • First Aid Kit

Option Packages

Lighting Package ($ TBD)

  • Headlamp cleaning system
  • Bi-Xenon headlamps with active curve illumination
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist*

Multimedia Package ($ TBD)

  • COMAND system with hard-drive navigation (40GB)
  • Enhanced voice control for audio, telephone and navigation
  • SIRIUS® real-time traffic service
  • In-dash 6-disc DVD/CD changer
  • Gracenote® media database
  • 10GB hard-drive with Music Register
  • Rearview Camera

Lane Tracking Package ($ TBD)

  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist

Full Leather Seating Package ($ TBD)

  • Leather Upholstery
  • Power / Memory Front Seats

= new for 2012 MY **=w/Development Package

AMG Development Package ($ TBD)

  • Lightweight AMG forged pistons
  • Lightweight connecting rods
  • Revised crankshaft
  • Revised ECU
  • Speed Limit Raised to 174mph
  • 30hp increase
  • AMG Carbon Fiber Trunk Lid Spoiler
  • Red Brake Calipers
  • Exclusive engine intake runners in Titanium Grey finish
  • AMG performance steering wheel with DINAMICA side grips
  • AMG high-performance braking system w/two-piece 14.2” front rotors

Stand Alone Options

  • Advanced Parking Guidance*
  • Rear Side Airbags
  • mbrace - in-vehicle services
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Power Rear-Window Sunshade
  • Burl Walnut Wood Trim
  • Aluminum Trim
  • Carbon Fiber Trim
  • KEYLESS-GO
  • 18” AMG 5-spoke Alloy Wheel

Paint

Black, Magnetite Black, Cuprite Brown, Mars Red, Arctic White, Iridium Silver,

Palladium Silver, Pearl Beige, Diamond White, Lunar Blue*

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