Mercedes-Benz announced on Sunday that its 2012 C63 AMG coupe would arrive in dealer showrooms in September, on the same timeline as the revised C63 AMG sedan. The coupe will be shown at the New York auto show next month.
Not surprisingly, the same AMG Development Package available for the sedan appears in the coupe as well, which borrows parts from the more upmarket SLS AMG. The package increases the 6.2-liter V-8’s output from 451 to 481 horsepower and can reportedly propel the coupe to 60 m.p.h. in 4.3 seconds. Tools to manage all those ponies include an AMG sport suspension and high-performance brakes.
Also carried over from the sedan is the 7-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission. Its controlled-efficiency mode reportedly helps reduce fuel consumption, while a number of performance modes help with speedy shifts.
Visually, the AMG coupe distinguishes itself from the standard model with a number of dress-up items. The brand’s three-pointed star sits prominently on a single crossbar, whereas the base coupe’s insignia nests between two bars. There are 18-inch painted gray wheels, which replace the standard bright metal units, while a vestigial spoiler and black front and rear aprons subtly — very subtly — suggest the automobile’s sporting potential.