Competes with: BMW M3, Audi S4, Cadillac CTS-V
Looks like: The family man's SLS AMG
Drivetrain: 507-hp, 6.3-liter V-8; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Late 2013
Perhaps you've considered the current Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, the German uber sports coupe and sedan based off of Mercedes' C-Class and stuffed with a monster 6.3-liter V-8, but felt that its 451-horsepower rating was only just adequate. Well you're in luck: Mercedes-Benz just announced the new 2014 C63 AMG Edition 507, which takes the current car and miraculously boosts output by another 56 hp to a solid 507.
It's done by borrowing heavily from components that go into the fire-breathing SLS AMG gull-wing coupe, including the SLS engine's connecting rods, lightweight crankshaft, forged pistons and composite brake system. This drops the C63 AMG's zero-to-60 time from 4.4 seconds to 4.1 seconds and raises the car's top speed to 174 mph - but to get that top speed, one must attend a course at the AMG Driving Academy, which is included in the car's price.
Outside, the Edition 507 will also see some cosmetic changes, some of which build off of the C63 AMG coupe Black Series. A unique aluminum hood with heat extractor vents is up front, with new-design AMG light-alloy 19-inch wheels in titanium gray or matte black, exclusive to the Edition 507. One can order up an exclusive matte finish gray paint job as well. A sport stripe above the rocker panels and gloss-black lip spoiler, mirror housings and grille complete the external differences for the Edition 507. Inside, Mercedes-Benz let the "designo" team loose, offering three leather color choices, an Alcantara AMG steering wheel, piano-black trim and plenty of AMG badges.
The new C63 AMG Edition 507 will be available in both coupe and sedan form and is scheduled to make its world debut on March 5 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. U.S. sales will begin later this summer; it will replace the AMG Development Package model in the C-Class lineup. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date, according to Mercedes-Benz. Check out the gallery below.