The new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG has wound back the clock on price. With an RRP of $154,900 plus on-road costs it is the same price as the six-cylinder-powered C36 sold in 1995.
The original car had just 206kW of power whereas the new model due in Australian showrooms in August has a thumping 375kW of grunt from a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8.
However, while the price marginally undercuts the BMW M3 sedan, it is not the cheapest C63 AMG ever sold locally.
In 2001 the C32 powered by a supercharged V6 sold for $146,900 while the previous C63 dipped to $144,365 in 2008 before climbing to $153,900 last year.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has opted to take only the high output C63 S rather than the standard C63; the difference is 350kW and 650Nm versus 375kW and 700Nm and a 0 to 100km/h time of 4.0 seconds.
“There has really been nothing quite like the previous C63 and the new C63 S won’t just move the goal posts, it creates a new sports ground," said Mercedes-Benz Australia boss Horst von Sanden.
A wagon version of the new C63 AMG will also be also available, for $157,400 plus on-road costs.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class by AMG over the years
1995 to 1997
Mercedes-Benz C36, 3.6-litre six-cylinder, 206kW, four-speed auto: $154,900 to $155,100
1998 to 2000
Mercedes-Benz C43, 4.3-litre V8, 225kW, five-speed auto:
$152,090 to $156,100
2001 to 2004
Mercedes-Benz C32, supercharged 3.2-litre V6, 260kW, five-speed auto: $146,900 to $150,900
2005 to 2007
Mercedes-Benz C55, 5.5-litre V8, 270kW, five-speed auto:
$159,900 to $160,490
2008 to 2014
Mercedes-Benz C63, 6.2-litre V8, 336kW, seven-speed auto:
$144,365 to $153,900
2013 to 2014
Mercedes-Benz C63 507 Edition, 6.2-litre V8, 372kW, seven-speed auto: