Make / Model Search

New models - Mercedes-Benz - C-Class - C63 AMG Performance Pack

Sydney show: Benz back in black – and orange

Juicy: The brightly coloured Concept 358 is so-named because it is fitted with AMG's $14,000 performance pack, which ups power to 358kW (22kW more than the standard C63).

Mercedes returns to Australian motor show with ‘Jaffa’ C63, evil black SLS special

15 Oct 2010

MERCEDES-BENZ returned to Australia’s motor show scene today with a vengeance with an eyeball-searing orange C63 AMG show car that it had specially made to launch a new Performance Pack for its hottest C-class sports sedan.

The German importer also wheeled out the road-going equivalent of a stealth bomber – a matt black Mercedes SLS show car – that it also had specially dressed at Performance Studio in Germany for the Sydney show.

As well, Benz is using the show to re-launch its rugged 4x4 G-wagen range, headed by the $214,900 supercharged G55 AMG.

The 2010 Australian International Motor Show marks the first appearance of Mercedes-Benz at a local show for two years, having pulled the pin in protest at the multitude of motor shows around the country – and the cost of attending them all.

4 center imageLeft: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Concept 358. Below: Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG.

Now that the Australian motor industry has elected to support just one show a year alternating between Sydney and Melbourne, Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific has dusted off its show stand and celebrated with one of lairiest cars ever to wear the three-pointed star.

The not-for-sale C63 Concept 358 – nicknamed ‘Jaffa’ internally – is cloaked in a one-of-a-kind Designo pearl orange metallic paint and bespoke interior leather trim with contrasting orange stitching.

According to the company’s senior corporate communications manager, David McCarthy, a buyer would have difficulty specifying a C63 to match the Concept 358, but the underpinnings – including the grunty $14,000 Performance Pack – are available to all-comers who sign on the dotted line for a C63.

The pack includes an extra 22kW over the standard C63 AMG, to 358kW at 6800rpm, courtesy of engine modifications including forged pistons from the SLS AMG, new conrods, lighter crankshaft and a new variable intake manifold, plus an engine management software tweak to take the rev limiter out to 7200rpm (an extra 200rpm).

The extra performance is said to slice 1.2 seconds from the standard C63’s 0-100km/h sprint time, dropping it to 4.4 seconds, but top speed is still electronically limited to 250km/h.

Torque remains the same at 600Nm at 5000rpm, but 19-inch wheels and bigger front disc brakes are thrown in.

Adding the pack to the C63 takes the price from $150,980 to $164,980, but that is unlikely to deter buyers – Mercedes dealers have sold a staggering 1300 C63s since its inception, helping to make Australia AMG’s fifth-largest market.

Like the orange paint of the Concept 358, the unique matt black of the Mercedes SLS sports special at the show is not for sale. Mr McCarthy suggested that, if someone tried to recreate it, they would end up paying a price “with a five in front of it” – well over the standard SLS AMG price of $464,000.

Unlike the revved-up C63 show car, the Designo Magno Night Black SLS uses the standard model’s 420kW/650Nm 6.2-litre V8 powertrain.

Mercedes-Benz marked the return of the 30-year-old G-wagen at the show with two models – the hot supercharged G55 AMG packing 373kW of power and 700Nm of torque, and the diesel G350, the first vehicle to be launched in Australia with Mercedes emissions-slashing BlueTec system.

This system injects a urea compound called AdBlue into the exhaust system to slash nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by up to 80 per cent while maintaining good fuel economy, and is used on several other Mercedes models overseas.

Powered by the 155kW/540Nm 3.5-litre CDI diesel engine, the G350 is priced at $159,900.

Australian dealers have already taken deposits for 10 of the flagship G55 wagens, which can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds.

Based on the tough-as-nails ladder-chassis G-class used by the Australian Defence Force, among others, the hottest civilian version of the G-wagen sees the return of the 5.5-litre V8 as used on previous sports models such as the CL55.

In the G55, maximum torque of 700Nm is achieved at 2750rpm.

Read more

GoAuto can help you buy a new C-Class

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires


This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

Mercedes-Benz models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here