Mercedes-Benz provided a couple of world firsts at the Australian International Motor show yesterday. This fantastically bright orange C63 AMG was one of them. It was made specifically to Mercedes-Benz Australia’s specifications and in addition to the designo Pearl Orange paint it has been fitted with an AMG Performance Package Plus. These performance goodies, including forged pistons from the SLS AMG, add an extra 22kw to the already potent C63. Total power is now a very tasty 358kW, while peak torque is a smashing 600Nm.
Seeing as BMW won’t let Australia play with their orange beast, it’s nice of Benz to step up to the plate. The matte black details set off the car very nicely and while you’d be sure to take a bit of a depreciation hit with such a lairy colour on a three-pointed star, at least you would have a blast while doing so. It looks really, really good!
Unfortunately it looks like the Pearl Orange pint scheme on this show car will be a one-off creation as it is not currently available to order. However the performance bits can be ordered now and if they got your attention, you’ll need to start saving a few extra bucks, about 15 thousand of them we’ve been told.
More after the break, including a PDF download detailing all the goodies in the AMG Performance Package Plus.
Australian International Motor Show â€“ Concept 358 And SLS AMG
Mercedes-Benz Australia is pleased to introduce Concept 358 and a very special SLS AMG. Both vehicles were co designed by Mercedes-Benz Australia and built by AMG exclusively for the 2010 Australian International Motor Show.
â€œAustralia is one of our favourite markets,â€ said Mario Spitzner, Director Branding, Marketing & Sales Mercedes-AMG. â€œWe were asked to create two unique AMG vehicles for the Australian International Motor Show.â€
â€œI hope you enjoy them as much as we did building them,â€ said Spitzner.
C 63 AMG – Concept 358
As the only C 63 AMG in the world to be painted in designo Pearl Orange paint from the AMG factory in Affalterbach, Concept 358 also introduces the AMG Performance Package Plus which lifts power to a staggering 358kW. Also included in the Performance Package Plus are unique 19-inch multi spoke alloy wheels in black, KEYLESS-GO and extended designo leather appointments inside.
This unique SLS AMG is the first and currently the only SLS AMG in the world to be painted in designo magno Night Black. Along with the red highlights both inside and out, this SLS AMG is sure to be an instant collectorâ€™s item.
The Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia, Mr Horst von Sanden said â€œEach Mercedes-Benz vehicle is special, but for this yearâ€™s motor show we wanted to go that next step and bring two world exclusives to show the Australian public.
â€œThe unique C 63 AMG on display also unveils the AMG Performance Package Plus which Australian customers can now order from their local dealer in both Saloon and Estate,â€ said von Sanden.
Australia is the fifth largest AMG market in the world, with the C 63 AMG leading the way for local drivers. Since its launch in March 2008 at the legendary Bathurst circuit, the C 63 AMG is the sales champion for AMG in Australia.
Available as a Sedan or an Estate the C 63 AMG has rewritten the sales record books in its segment with over 1,260 units sold from launch to date.
- C63 Performance Package Plus (110kb PDF)