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by Tim Beissmann

German powerhouse Mercedes has taken the wraps off the latest high-performance addition to its C-Class range, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507, ahead of its world premiere at next month’s 2013 Geneva motor show.

Referring to the new model’s enhanced engine output (507hp), the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507’s naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 features technology from the SLS AMG supercar to reach new performance heights.

Forged pistons from the SLS Gullwing, as well as new connecting rods and a lightweight crankshaft translate to a 3kg weight saving, while a titanium grey-painted variable intake manifold and a new engine control unit complete the engine upgrades.

The enhancements see power rise to 373kW and torque to 610Nm – up 37kW/10Nm over the standard C63 AMG and 15kW/10Nm over the Performance Pack – leaving it just 7kW/10Nm shy of the coupe-only C63 AMG Black Series.

The upgrades cut the sedan and coupe’s 0-100km/h sprint time to 4.2 seconds (two-tenths quicker than the standard variants, and equal to the Black Series) and the Estate’s to 4.3secs (down one-tenth).

The Mercedes C63 AMG Edition 507 borrows its distinctive vented bonnet from the Black Series, while the 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels – available in high-sheen titanium grey or matt black finishes – are unique to the special edition.

Matt sports stripes above the side skirts, dark-tinted headlights and high-gloss black paint across the bootlid lip spoiler, mirror housings and grille surrounds further distinguish the Edition 507 from the standard models.

Stopping power is also enhanced thanks to the addition of 360mm composite discs at the front. Six-piston aluminium calipers grip the front discs, while four-piston units are employed at the rear – all of which are painted bright red.

Three interior upholstery options are available alongside the standard alcantara AMG Performance steering wheel, AMG gearshift lever, red instrument cluster highlights, piano black trim and ‘Edition 507’ badging on the front passenger door.

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 will debut in Geneva on March 5 ahead of its German launch in June.

Mercedes-Benz Australia says the Edition 507 will join the local line-up during the second half of 2013, with pricing, availability and specifications to be confirmed closer to its launch.




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