Mercedes AMG has showcased two of its most important upcoming vehicles at the 2014 Paris Motor Show: the AMG GT and the C 63 AMG. The former steps in as the focussed sports car - ready to take on the Porsche 911, while the latter is an M3 challenger. Both of them should eventually find their way to India, but let's have a look at what these two bring to the table, apart from a shortened name.
The C 63 first. Based on the new generation (205 series) C-Class, the C 63 AMG is Mercedes Benz's latest offering in the segment ruled by the BMW M3. It sits right between the CLA45 AMG and the E63 AMG, both in terms of size and firepower. The previous generation C 63 is one of the most popular AMGs, and the new one is expected to follow its foot steps.
A couple of additions both on the outside and interior mean the C 63 AMG looks and feels more special than the C-Class. Underneath the bonnet is a new turbocharged (twin-turbo) 4-litre V8 engine, which makes a maximum power of 476hp in the standard guise and 510hp on the C 63 AMG S variant. The engine is claimed to be more efficient than before, and that means it won't guzzle fuel as easily.
Talking about coupes, Mercedes Benz also brought its AMG GT coupe to the Paris Motor Show. Before this, the now discontinued SLS AMG was the brand's proper performance oriented 2-seater coupe, which means the AMG GT has big shoes to fill. Interestingly, the AMG GT Coupe will also be available in a convertible and a Black Series version somewhere down the line. The current line up with include the AMG GT and the GT S version, both of which will go on sale in 2015.
The car's powered by a 4-litre twin turbo V8 that produces 456hp and 503hp in the GT and GT S specs respectively. It's real wheel driven, and with the engine positioned at the front, it has a 47:53 weight distribution.
In term of looks it might feel a little less special when compared to the SLS AMG, especially without Gullwing doors, but there's a lot to like about the AMG GT. The classic combination of a long bonnet, rear set cabin, and usual Mercedes Benz cues looks great. On the inside, the low seating position, curved centre console, and use of carbon fibre makes this special indeed.
Words- Paranjay Dutt