E63 AMG COUPE - DENIED
"Next time we won't make the same mistake" says Mercedes of its failure to build an E63 Coupe
For example the C-Class coupe and E-Class saloon both get one of AMG’s famed V8s along with the handling and styling overhaul, but the E-Class coupe has no answer for the Audi RS5 and forthcoming BMW M4.
One reason for the regret is the runaway sales performance of AMG in the UK. At the end of April, sales were up 71 per cent and had already passed 1,000 for the year, led by the C63 AMG Coupe and the C-Class saloon version. A spokesman said good finance deals were playing a big part, with the C63 AMG four-door available on a PCP deal for £599 a month with £6,000 down.
this 2003 example showing just 70,000 miles and selling in the PistonHeads classifieds for £8,995.
The nearest you can get to that is the new E400 twin-turbo V6 we drove on the launch, which replaces the E500 V8 and puts out 333hp. That’s less than the 367hp for the CLK AMG, but at least acceleration is the same at 5.2 seconds to 62mph. And it does come with the AMG Sport styling pack.
Junginger sounded almost despondent looking at the new car, the facelift giving it a fair bit more presence than before.
He told us it was too late in the model cycle for AMG to change its mind on this car. “Next time we won’t make the same mistake.”