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AMG kit boosts Merc C63 to 358kW

2009-10-22 11:46
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Model C63 AMG PPP
Engine 6.2l V8
Power 358kW @ 6 800r/min
Torque 600Nm @ 5 000r/min
Transmission 7G-Tronic
Zero To Hundred 4.4 seconds
You could brush it off as very shallow marketing, but the new performance package plus (what a name) Mercedes-Benz offers on its C63 models does add extra power – both in terms of acceleration and stopping ability (mercifully).

Modifications to the 6.2l V8 engine are headlined by SLS AMG forged alloy pistons which run off a lightweight crankshaft via new conrods. AMG engine fetishists will notice the new titanium-coloured intake manifold too.

Obviously the ECU unit has been recalibrated to cope with the change in piston speed take-up and inertia thanks to the 3kg weight saving visited upon the C63 engine’s moving parts.

Power swells from 336- to 358kW at 6 800r/min, while peak rotational force remains unchanged at 600Nm.

Find a good enough surface and Mercedes-Benz says the C63 performance package plus (PPP) should drop 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds, which is an improvement of exactly one tenth of second over the stock C63…

Hauling in the all-singing, all-dancing 358kW C63 AMG is a new braking system, buoyed by composite material rotors which are actuated by callpers that are, not surprisingly, painted red…

Other PPP trinkets which differentiate the 358kW C63 from its lesser brethren are a carbon-fibre front spoiler and Alcantara layered cabin.

As neat as the extra power and red brake calipers are, you still don’t get the rear slippy diff or better suspension - both features which are contained as part of the stock AMG performance package launched last year. Makes this PPP deal seem a bit hollow, now doesn't it?


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