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Mercedes-Benz C coupe and C63 AMG wagon (photos)

Mercedes-Benz is digging into its excellent C-class model, expanding the forms it takes with a new coupe version and a station wagon of its C63 AMG. Good times are in store for C-class buyers.

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Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe

Taking a cue from how BMW markets its 3-series, Mercedes-Benz is expanding the model variations of its C-class. Launched as a small sedan, the C-class can be had as a wagon, as an AMG performance car, and now a coupe.

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Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe

Dropping the rear two doors allowed Mercedes-Benz to create a more graceful roofline, with a gentle curve down to the trunk lid.

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Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe

The back glass is more raked than in the sedan version, but this design maintains a mild look.

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Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe

The front seats feature latches on the shoulders. Pull the seatback forward, and the seat bottom motors up to allow maximum access to the rear.

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate

From the front, this car looks like the standard rip snorting pile of power that is the C63 AMG. The front air dam is unique to the AMG version of the C-class, but the roof rails tell another story.

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate

Yes, this car has the homely profile of a wagon, with side windows stretching back to a D pillar. But underneath, it is laden with Mercedes-Benz's latest performance gear from the AMG tuner division, such as the 457 horsepower V-8.

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate

The wheels feature AMG sport brakes, giving the car the stopping power needed when hauling the loot from a Costco run in back.

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The near-vertical rear-end is offset by the four exhaust pipes and the AMG logo. These elements don't appear to go together.

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate

To emphasize the practicality of this monster, Mercedes-Benz fits the rear area with cargo rails. The divider net will come in handy when a month's worth of pet supplies are bouncing off the sides and ceiling.

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate

Although there might be boxes of clothes heading for the Goodwill donation center in the cargo area, the front, with its seriously bolstered seats, feels like AMG.

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate

The steering wheel has a flat bottom, which means the car is supposed to be cornered hard. And the AMG logo on the instrument cluster reminds that this car really is Superman hiding in a Clark Kent disguise.

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate

Mercedes-Benz updated the AMG gear in this C63 wagon, using knowledge gained from SLS AMG development. That means a refined seven-speed gearbox and better suspension tuning. A knob by the shifter lets the driver choose different modes. We assume the S means scary, and the S+ means change your underwear.

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