The Mercedes-Benz C450 Sport has been spied undisguised, confirming that the German luxury car maker will launch a performance model between the already-announced C400 and forthcoming C63 AMG.
Rumours of the new C450 Sport emerged last month, and it can now be seen in all its glory thanks to CarAdvice’s spy photographers who snapped this white wagon, complete with badging, in Germany overnight.
The Mercedes-Benz C450 Sport is clearly designed to challenge the Audi S4 and BMW 335i – two vehicles which the previous C-Class did not compete with. It will get a more powerful, AMG-tuned version of the C400’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine. Rated at 245kW of power and 480Nm of torque in the C400, the Affalterbach-tuned C450 Sport is said to produce 272kW and at least 500Nm.
The Mercedes C450 Sport will be built in both right- and left-hand drive. The spied car wears the brand’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive badges, and the production model will also be offered in rear-wheel drive.
The C450 Sport wears the now-familiar AMG styling package, boasting a single louvre diamond grille, large front intakes, silver lower front and rear bumper details and large black and silver alloy wheels.
Quad exhaust outlets hint at more of AMG’s handiwork. The high-performance division is also understood to be responsible for the upcoming model’s unique chassis and suspension tuning.
Given the seemingly production-ready nature of the spied car, it’s expected the C450 Sport will be unveiled in the coming month, likely before the new C63 AMG breaks cover at October’s Paris motor show.
Mercedes-Benz Australia says it has no new information on the C450 Sport, though remains very interested in the new variant and is keen to add it to its new-generation C-Class range.
Timing remains unclear, though a local launch in the first half of 2015 looks most likely at this stage. There’s no word on pricing either, though a circa-$100,000 price tag to rival the S4 is expected to be close to the mark.
The regular Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan range will arrive in local showrooms in August, followed by the wagon variants in the final quarter of 2014.