A Beautiful Example of Germanic Precision
The star of the C65 AMG Edition 507 is, without a doubt, its engine. The car is powered by the same naturally aspirated aluminum 6.2 liter V8 as the standard C65. However, it has been enhanced with forged pistons, connecting rods and lightweight flywheel from the company’s flagship SLS AMG supercar. Together with a reprogrammed ECU, these changes increase the V8′s output by 56 horsepower and 7 pounds-feet of torque, for a grand total of 507 ponies and 450 pounds-feet.
While it will be a few months before anyone gets to sit in the driver’s seat and test one of these cars, we can make some educated guesses regarding what sort of performance figures they will be capable of. Look for 0-60 MPH runs of around 3.7 seconds and a top speed of over 175 MPH.
The C65 AMG Edition 507 Is A Premium Teutonic Hot Rod
The team at AMG also made sure that the rest of the car would be able to keep up with its big V8. This high performance Mercedes-Benz features track-inspired AMG brakes, the same beefed-up suspension upgrades as last year’s C65 development package, and forged 19-inch wheels. Sleek, aggressive-looking gloss black mirror housings, front and rear spoilers, and grille surrounds complete the package.
Power Comes at a Price
While Mercedes-Benz has not provided an official list price yet, industry insiders speculate that the car will retail for a little over 100k USD. This prices the hot C-Class at or above many other very desirable performance cars, such as the BMW M3, the Nissan GT-R, and the brand new Porsche 911. Is it worth it? While the overall value proposition of the car is perhaps questionable, there is no denying that AMG’s highly tuned V8 is one of the most impressive and exciting engines available today, at nearly any price point.
The C65 AMG Edition 507 will be available in both coupe and sedan versions. It is set to go on sale in Europe and North America sometime later this year, following its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.