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by Brett Davis

Mercedes-Benz has released images and details of the new facelifted 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Although there’s no more power under the bonnet, the car now produces less emissions and uses less fuel.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is treated to a number of cosmetic revisions, such as new LED daytime running lights that are housed in a small, smooth surround recess. There’s also a kinder, less aggressive front bumber bar design and less ‘look at me’ chrome. You’ll also notice the tasteful black lower chin in the middle of the front bumper bar.

It seems more subtle this new model. There’s a lack of the ‘anabolic’ air vents poking out from each front corner of the bumper bar. There’s still a single-louver vent, it’s just more understated. Option the car up to the Performance Package though (sedan pictured), and you’ll get carbon fibre side mirrors and boot lip spoiler and a number of engine performance revisions.

On the wagon model, you can see the car in non-Performance Pack guise; no carbon mirrors and a more friendly alloy wheel design compared with the sedan pictured (black wheels on Performance Package).

As mentioned, under the bonnet remains unchanged, so it still gets the 6.2-litre V8 offering 341kW of power and 600Nm of torque. Opt up to the Performance Package and AMG will fit a lighter crankshaft, new conrods and pistons and the power output shoots up to 359kW.

Thanks to the MCT seven-speed automatic gearbox, the new car offers a fuel consumption rating of 12L/100km, a significant improvement compared with the 13.4L/100km-rating of the existing model. Let’s not forget this is a stonking V8 muscle car that can dispatch 100km/h from rest in just 4.5 seconds (4.4 seconds for the Performance Pack).

Mercedes-Benz hasn’t released an official launch date yet, but it’s expected to go on sale during the second half of this year. Pricing is also yet to be announced.




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