NEWS: Mercedes-Benz Launches 487-hp C63 AMG Performance Package Plus

October 22, 2009
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A normal Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG boasts a 451-hp V-8 that is capable of catapulting the car from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Impressive, but if you’re still wanting for power, Mercedes-Benz has launched the new 2010 C63 AMG Performance Package Plus, which packs 487 ponies underhood.
Opting for the package bumps the 6.2-liter V-8 to 487 hp, 37 hp more than a stock C63 AMG. Torque remains unchanged at 443 lb.-ft. The extra power brings the C63 AMG Performance Package Plus within 13 hp of its DTM race car siblings, and drops the 0-60 mph time to 4.4 seconds. Sprinting from 0-120 mph now takes only 13.9 seconds, 1.3 seconds faster than a stock C63.
The extra power is largely garnered thanks to a few engine parts cribbed from the new SLS AMG supercar. The forged pistons, connecting rods, and lightweight crankshaft come straight from the SLS, and help increase the engine’s power and responsiveness. Although the engines are quite similar, the SLS’s V-8, at 563 hp, remains the most powerful of the pair.
The Performance Package Plus also adds a new high-performance braking system that includes carbon-ceramic brake rotors and aluminum hub centers. A new carbon fiber lip spoiler has also been added to help C63 sedans increase downforce at speed.
The new Performance Package Plus is available on both the C63 AMG sedan and wagon models, and can now be ordered in Europe for €7080.50 ($10,565) on the sedan and €6426 ($9588) for the estate. Unfortunately for those in North America (ourselves included), this package may remain a European exclusive…
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