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Base Mercedes-AMG C63 still off the radar for Australia

With the C 43’s recent power boost, there wouldn’t have been a lot of headroom between it and the C 63.
James Cleary
Deputy Editor

18 Jul 2018 • 3 min read

Mercedes-AMG never considered the ‘base’ version of its updated C 63 for the Australian market, despite the precedent set by the entry-level E 63 model launched here early in 2017.

Mercedes-Benz Australia’s corporate communication manager, David McCarthy told CarsGuide the non-S E 63 was a tactical decision taken to take advantage of “extra production allocation”.

“Uptake on the ‘Performance Pack’ option on the previous-generation C 63 confirmed buyers want the full performance variant”, he said.

In Europe and other export markets Mercedes-AMG offers a slightly softer 350kW/650Nm version of the recently upgraded 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 muscle car, while Australia will only see the 375kW/700Nm ‘S’ version.

In Europe and other export markets, Mercedes-AMG offers a slightly softer 350kW/650Nm version its muscle car. In Europe and other export markets, Mercedes-AMG offers a slightly softer 350kW/650Nm version its muscle car.

“With the C 43’s recent power boost, there wouldn’t have been a lot of headroom between it and the C 63, so the C 63 S is the only logical choice for our market”, Mr McCarthy added.

Now featuring the nine-speed automatic transmission from the E 63 S, a retuned 'Ride Control' suspension with adaptive damping, and the distinctive 'Panamericana' grille, the refreshed C 63 S is scheduled to go on-sale in Australia late next month in sedan, coupe, cabriolet and wagon versions.

The refreshed C 63 S is scheduled to go on-sale in Australia late next month in sedan, coupe, cabriolet and wagon versions. The refreshed C 63 S is scheduled to go on-sale in Australia late next month in sedan, coupe, cabriolet and wagon versions.

Pricing is expected to range between approximately $160,000 and $180,000, before on-road costs.

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