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Mercedes C63 AMG (2015) priced above M3 and RS4

Published: 09 October 2014 Updated: 26 January 2015

Mercedes-Benz has announced UK prices and specs for the latest-generation of its steroidal C63 AMG supersaloon.

The base-model C63 saloon will cost £59,795 and the estate version an extra £1200. That prices it a little way above its natural BMW M3 and Audi RS4 rivals.

As we revealed in our original spy photo story, the C63 ditches the charismatic 6.2-litre V8 of the old 204-series C63 in favour of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 found in the new AMG GT sports car. In true downsizing style, it’s more powerful and yet more fuel-efficient than the larger unit it replaces.

As expected, there’s both a standard model and a more powerful S variant on offer. The C63 S saloon is priced from £66,545 and the estate version from £67,745.

Mercedes C63 AMG (2015) performance figures

The regular C63 churns out 470bhp and 479 lb ft of torque while the C63 S musters a supercar-baiting 503bhp and 516 lb ft.

Both drive the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox, the C63 getting from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds and the C63 S in 4.0. The estate versions of both are only a tenth slower and all cars’ top speeds are electronically limited to 155mph.

Combined cycle fuel economy varies from 33.6 to 34.5mpg while CO2 emissions vary from 192 to 196g/km – impressive given the performance on offer.

Mercedes C63 AMG (2015): UK specs

Despite losing that famously driveable, naturally aspirated V8, the new-school C63 promises to be just as much of a hooligan as before. All cars get a mechanical locking differential, dynamic engine mounts and far broader wheelarches to accommodate wider front and rear tracks than the regular C-Class, topped off by a relatively subtle spoiler lip on the boot lid.

While the base C63 is fitted with 18-inch wheels (wrapped in 245/40 tyres at the front and 265/40s at the rear), the C63 S gets 19-inch rims with the same width but lower-profile tyres.

As you’d expect, a range of no-doubt reassuringly expensive options are available, including an AMG sports exhaust system, ceramic composite brakes, Burmester surround sound system, a head-up display system and all-LED adaptive headlights.

Early-bird buyers in the UK can also go for a limited-run C63 S ‘Edition 1’ model, with a different set of 19-inch wheels, ’80s-style stickers along the car’s flanks, extra bits of leather and carbon inside and an uprated Burmester stereo. Cosmetic trinketry and extra kit aside, it’s identical to the regular C63 S and will cost £73,500 as a saloon and £74,700 as an estate.

The Mercedes C63 AMG is available to order now and first deliveries are expected in spring 2015.

By James Taylor

Former features editor for CAR, occasional racer