C63 has them queu­ing

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By PAUL GOVER

THE phones at AMG head­quar­ters in Ger­many are smok­ing this week as calls from Aus­tralia claim the first batch of a new C63 pocket pow­er­house.

The Edi­tion 507 is a new high for the car and brand, but per­haps a sign-off be­fore the C-Class is con­verted to the lat­est 5.5-litre biturbo en­gine forAMG­work.

It’s also a block­ing move — de­nied by Benz — as BMW gears up for its all­new M3 hotrod this year.

De­posit-paid cus­tomers are lin­ing up for the first Edi­tion 507 cars— the name re­flect­ing the en­gine’s 507 horse­power— in Au­gust.

‘‘We want our share. Aus­tralia has one of the high­est AMG sales rates any­where in the world,’’ says David McCarthy, spokesman for Mercedes-Benz Aus­tralia. ‘‘It’s a pro­duc­tion model, not a lim­ited edi­tion, but we want to get as many cars as we can.

‘‘Our bar­gain­ing po­si­tion with AMG is pretty strong. We ba­si­cally got as many C63s as we needed last year, so I sus­pect we will get as many 507s as we want. Peo­ple are al­ready queu­ing.’’

Power for the Edi­tion 507 is up to 373kW — 37 more than the ba­sic C63 and 15 bet­ter than the Per­for­mance Pack car, with torque also boosted by 10Nm.

The bot­tom line is a 0-100km/h sprint time as good as 4.2 sec­onds with a top speed still lim­ited to 280km/h.

Pric­etags for the Edi­tion 507, which comes as a sedan, coupe or wagon, are likely to be around $200,000, based on the $169,900 for the cur­rent C63 Per­for­mance Pack and the $250,000 tag for the lim­ited-edi­tion Black Se­ries cars last year.

The Black Se­ries ac­tu­ally do­nated its car­bon fi­bre bon­net to the 507, which also gets new 19-inch al­loys, a rear spoiler, com­pos­ite brake discs, badges and some other vis­ual tweaks.

‘‘There are cus­tomers of ours who are so passionate about th­ese cars, even things like the badges,’’ McCarthy says.

The first Edi­tion 507 cars for Aus­tralia are be­ing built in June and should be land­ing in Au­gust.

That’s the right time to head off the new M3, which McCarthy dis­misses as a ri­val de­spite the ob­vi­ous cross-shop­ping cars and brands.

‘‘Ask BMW how many M3s they sold in Aus­tralia last year. We sold 765 C63s,’’ he growls.

‘‘If you lined up all our C63s across the hori­zon in front of the new M3 they wouldn’t be able to see the sun ris­ing.’’

The en­gine in the Edi­tion 507 could be a fi­nal fling for the 6.2-litre nat­u­rallyaspi­rated V8, pick­ing up as it does parts from the lim­ited-edi­tion pow­er­plant in the SLS su­per­car to boost out­put and cut weight by three ki­los.

be­tween

It’s a cer­tainty that the next all-new C63 will switch to the biturbo mo­tor that’s al­ready used in the SL AMG, although McCarthy is not com­ment­ing on the car or its tim­ing.

‘‘My un­der­stand­ing is that the C-Class re­place­ment is still more than a year away. I wouldn’t say never to an­other 6.3, but . . .’’ he says. ‘‘In any case, the Edi­tion 507 en­sures the C63 re­mains the ul­ti­mate in high-per­for­mance, reardrive models. It’s a hugely pop­u­lar car for us. It’s con­sis­tently on wait lists and that won’t change.’’

AMG’s new C63 Edi­tion 507, ex­pected here in Au­gust, al­ready has Aus­tralian cus­tomers sali­vat­ing

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