Mercedes unveils racing-inspired C-Class

The road-going Mercedes AMG C-Class has been unveiled and is heavily influenced by its racing counterpart, according to the manufacturer.

Powered by a 6.3-litre V8 engine that delivers a peak output of 457hp, the car is capable of reaching 62mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.

An all-new front axle has been incorporated into the C-Class, along with a speed-sensitive AMG sports steering setup.

The car will also utilise sports suspension which, according to Mercedes, will ensure "outstanding" driving enjoyment and "exemplary" handling dynamics.

On the outside, 18-inch light-alloy wheels in a five-spoke design will come as standard, with 19-inch wheels available as an additional option.

The design of the new C-Class differentiates it from the standard models in the range, Mercedes claims, with a new bonnet characterised by two "power domes", fog lamps with chrome surrounds, flared front wheel arches and a spoiler lip on the boot lid.

An AMG interior will be found inside the vehicle, along with new sports seats and a performance steering wheel with gear-shift paddles.


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