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Mercedes-AMG previews the fire-breathing C63 Coupe ahead of its Frankfurt debut

Mercedes-Benz’s newly formed Mercedes-AMG sub-brand has published a set of teaser shots that preview the upcoming C63 Coupe. Aimed right at the BMW M4, the C63 will be presented to the public for the first time this coming September at the biennial Frankfurt Motor Show.

Updated 07-27-2015 by Ronan Glon: Added new batch of teaser images and information from Gordon Wagener.

Mercedes-AMG’s teaser shots hint that the C63 Coupe will stand out thanks to an aggressive look that will borrow more than a few styling cues from the fire-breathing C63 sedan. Its front end will be characterized by large air dams that direct cooling air into the engine bay, a race-inspired splitter, bullet-shaped headlights, and a single-slat grille. Wide fender flares on all four corners will further differentiate the AMG-tuned coupe from its more pedestrian counterpart, and it looks like the rear fascia will get S-Class Coupe-inspired horizontal tail lamps.

The next C-Class Coupe will be noticeably lower and more low-slung than the outgoing model, but the sportier proportions will come at a price for the passengers riding in the back. Gordon Wagener, Mercedes’ head of design, recently revealed that the coupe’s rear seats have been pushed forward and that the roofline has been lowered by a 1.6 inches compared to the last-gen coupe.

Mechanically, the C63 Coupe is expected to be all but identical to its sedan counterpart. That means power will come from a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that will make 469 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,250 rpm and 479 foot-pounds of torque from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm in its most basic state of tune.

Buyers seeking more grunt will have the option of stepping up to the C63 S, which will pack an evolution of the twin-turbo eight tuned to pump out 503 ponies and 516 foot-pounds of twist. Both engines will send power to the rear wheels only via a seven-speed automatic transmission controlled by shift paddles.

The C63 will be capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in roughly four seconds, while the C63 S will perform the same task in roughly 3.9 seconds.

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Mercedes-AMG will unveil the C63 Coupe online late next month, and the two-door will go on sale across the nation next year as a 2017 model. Look for all versions of the Coupe to carry a slight price premium over their four-door counterparts.