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2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Gets 9-Speed Transmission

The refreshed 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 has been introduced ahead of its New York Auto Show debut.

Heading to dealerships in early 2019, the Mercedes-AMG C63 will be available in coupe, convertible, and sedan variants, all of which continue to be powered by a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine. Unlike the other C-Class models that recently debuted, the C63 won’t see a bump in performance. The standard model continues to sport 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, while the S version gets 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The model does however, benefit from a new AMG Speedshift MCT nine-speed transmission with a wet start-off clutch for even more agile gearshift response. Depending on the body style, the C63 S is capable of going zero-to-60 mph in as quickly as 3.8 seconds.

The German automaker also said the drive programs have been redefined, promising to deliver even greater driving pleasure. On the outside, the updated looks are highlighted by an AMG-specific radiator trim, while the interior benefits from an optional fully digital cockpit.

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Several things have been retuned to deliver more exciting drive dynamics, including the AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping adjustment and the electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential, which is now standard on all C63 variants. In addition, the dynamic engine mounts have been retuned and are now part of the standard equipment on the C63 S model.

Inside the cabin, the C63 gets a new generation of AMG steering wheels with a flattened bottom section that is perforated in the grip area. The new steering wheel, which is covered in Nappa leather, comes as standard equipment, while on the C63 S there’s a rim in Nappa leather/Dinamica microfiber as standard (available as an option for the C63). Buyers can also choose from Nappa leather with trim in Black Piano Lacquer, Dinamica all around, or Dinamica with trim in high-gloss carbon fiber.

Another new feature are the built-in Touch Control Buttons, which can be used to control the functions of the instrument cluster and the multimedia system.

Both the 2019 C63 coupe and convertible models will be on display at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Look for pricing information to be announced closer to the C63’s launch early next year.

“The AMG C-Class is our best-selling model series and therefore a key cornerstone of our company’s success of recent years. We have therefore increasingly expanded our C-Class offer: customers can now choose between twelve models from the C-Class family globally. As part of the latest facelift, we have upgraded all variants of the model series even more substantially,” said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “This relates to the 43-series models and especially, of course, to the AMG C63. The perfected driving dynamics and expressive design underscore the powerful, muscular character of the rear-wheel drive icon.”

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