2010 Mercedes C 63 AMG Performance Package Plus review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 22 October 2009 , 08:10:03 byAngela

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Mercedes C 63 AMG Performance Package Plus

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG received a new Performance Package Plus, an attractive optional extra that is designed to appeal to the power-hungry sports driver. The package increases the output enabling the engine to produce 487 horsepower and it is available for the saloon and estate models. It includes an AMG high-performance braking system featuring composite technology on the front axle and a carbon fiber spoiler lip. The model is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and to reach a top speed of 250 km/h. The braking system has been adapted to the enhanced driving dynamics and now, a new AMG high-performance braking system ensures greater stability when driving dynamically. The Performance Package Plus is available for order now.

Enhanced driving dynamics ex factory for the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG: the new Performance Package Plus is an attractive optional extra that is designed to appeal to the power-hungry sports driver. The Performance Package Plus increases output by 22 kW/30 hp to 358 kW/487 hp. As a result, the C-Class approaches the level of performance offered by C-Class DTM vehicles, which deliver 377 kW/500 hp. The Performance Package Plus is available for the saloon and estate models and includes an AMG high-performance braking system featuring composite technology on the front axle, a carbon fibre spoiler lip (saloon) and an AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/Alcantara.

With the Performance Package Plus, the C 63 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 13.9 seconds. This beats the 336 kW/457 hp standard model by up to 1.2 seconds (0"100 km/h: 4.5 seconds; 0"200 km/h: 15.2 seconds). The top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited).

The improvement in power output to 358 kW/487 hp is due to the AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine`s modified engine compartment: the forged pistons adopted from the new SLS AMG super sports car together with new connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft translate into a weight saving of three kilograms. Reduced inertia boosts the agility and responsiveness of the uprated V8 engine, which is recognisable from the variable intake manifold painted in titanium grey. New engine management completes the powertrain measures in the Performance Package Plus for the C 63 AMG.

Key data at a glance:

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG with Performance Package Plus

Cylinder arrangement V8

Cylinder angle 90°

Valves per cylinder 4

Displacement 6208 cc

Bore x stroke 102.2 x 94.6 mm

Compression ratio 11.3:1

Output 358 kW/487 hp at 6800 rpm

Max. torque 600 Nm at 5000 rpm

Maximum engine speed 7200 rpm

Engine weight (dry) 196 kg

Fuel consumption NEDC combined 13.4 (13.6) l/100 km

CO2 emissions 318 (323) g/km

Acceleration 0"100 km/h 4.4 (4.5) s

Top speed 250 km/h*

*electronically limited; figures in brackets: estate model

AMG high-performance braking system featuring composite technology

The Performance Package Plus braking system has been adapted to the enhanced driving dynamics. A new AMG high-performance braking system ensures greater stability when driving dynamically, with compound brake discs on the front axle and red painted brake callipers all round showing the AMG logo. The brake discs feature a composite design and are connected to an aluminium bowl to avoid temperature peaks. The connection between the disc and bowl is new: instead of the usual screw connection, the aluminium bowl is now connected to the brake disc via cast-in arms. The advantage is more homogenous temperature distribution on the brake disc.

A further identifying feature of the Performance Package Plus is the AMG carbon fibre spoiler lip on the boot lid (saloon). In the interior, the AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather with a grip area trimmed in Alcantara feels good, while at the same time making a striking visual impact.

The new AMG Performance Package Plus is available for C 63 AMG saloon and estate models and can be ordered now. The sales price is €7080.50 or €6426
(saloon/estate; prices include 19% VAT) with the market launch taking place in December 2009.

Extended appointments in black designo leather

New black designo leather as an optional extra will enhance the interior even further and covers the upper section of the dashboard, the upper door trim and the armrest on the centre console. This high-quality feature is available in conjunction with nappa leather appointments for €2856 (price includes 19% VAT).

The internationally successful C 63 AMG model

The C 63 AMG is one of the most popular vehicles in the Mercedes-AMG model range. In 2008, 8100 units of this high-performance car were sold worldwide. The C 63 AMG demonstrates its sports credentials in international motorsport as well as on the road. For example, the C 63 AMG estate is used as the official F1™ medical car and the C 63 AMG saloon acts as a safety car in the DTM German Touring Car Masters.