Remember the 2-tonner, 4-pot hybrid C63? Well, it’s getting its first special edition fairly early. The F1 Edition of the C63 S E Performance is quite the fitting limited-run, knowing what inspired its powertrain, and what it calls back to.
Quick recap: this C63 no longer has the usual AMG V8. In its place is a 2.0-liter inline 4 with an electric motor and turbocharger, essentially inspired by the same stuff that powers their F1 cars. The drivetrain has an electric motor in the rear, which, at full capacity, gives 671 horsepower and 752 lb-ft of torque for 10 seconds, allowing for a 0-60 mph of 3.4 seconds.
Despite its motorsport-related theme, it gets no increase to the performance department. It does, however, have AMG’s aerodynamics package, Night Package 1 and 2, and several other cosmetics. Painted in Alpine Grey paint exclusive to this edition, it comes with a different front splitter, new side mouldings, and a diffuser board, all featuring red accents. There’s some not-so-subtle AMG side decals, which references the past C63 medical car. As part of the Night Packages, the grille gets a black chrome finish, and blacks out both the mufflers and badges. The 20-inch wheels are also painted in matte black, with a silver AMG fuel cap. Don’t like the sedan? More cultured buyers can also have this edition in a station wagon form, which is much more appropriate, knowing the estates cruised the tracks of F1 more often.
There aren’t many changes on the inside, with red stitching, red carbon patterns on the dash, red seatbelts, light-up door sills, F1 logo floor mats, and an “Edition” badge to top it off. Oh right, there’s an indoor car cover that once again features the F1 logo included, as if to remind you what edition this is.
What’s beneath the hood and body is supposedly F1 enough, so the lack of real modifications is probably too much to ask for. It almost reminds us of the Brabus P 900 Rocket, with its focus on the red accents. It does look somewhat sportier, thanks to the additional aero package. Still, we can’t deny that it makes us miss the actual car it was referencing.
Oh, how we miss the W204. A representative peak of modern Mercedes.
p dir=”ltr”>(Images of C63 F1 Edition sourced from Mercedes-AMG. Pictures of 2009 C63 Medical Car sourced from NetCarShow.com)