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How do you implant a performance gene? In the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé there is more pure AMG DNA than ever before in a model based on a Mercedes-Benz. IIt is one of the many emotional moments during the genesis of an AMG. All eyes of the design team are trained on it, full of anticipation. For what feels like hours, the driving dynamics integrator has been speeding the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé across the handling course of the test track in Papenburg. On the test bench today is the newly developed electronic locking differential. It distributes torque equally between the wheels of the rear axle and thus establishes a controlled yawing moment around the vertical axis. That means: In curves, the driver can get back on the gas sooner. The electronic control system in the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé has to be especially precise and quick in order to raise the threshold and to enable driving at the upper limits. And the question today is: Does it do that with the absolute perfection that is called for? The driving dynamics integrator appears to hesitate, looks at his data, then suddenly extends his thumb upward. Everybody is relieved. Oliver Wiech, Head of Vehicle Development at Mercedes-AMG and on the move for more than 15 years along the test tracks of this world, knows how the team feels: “You could see how the tension vanished from their faces.” Vehicle development is a team sport. Here every individual is fully involved. The job of driving dynamics integrator, incidentally, only exists at AMG – one for each series. Beyond the traditional hierarchical levels, this man has the last word when it comes to driving physics. DDuring the development of new technical features, the engineers in Affalterbach accept no compromises: “Driving Performance” is not just the highest decree at Mercedes-AMG. It is the brand essence of the company. “When we develop a new series,” explains Oliver Wiech, “we introduce our DNA as early as the strategic phase. And as an independent vehicle manufacturer, we decide together with our colleagues from Mercedes-Benz how a new series should be designed – from the first strategic discussions up to the product concept.” The product concept defines the characteristics that a particular model from Mercedes-AMG should demonstrate on the road. In all stages of development, it is the engineers from Affalterbach who ensure the subsequent driving dynamics. Even at the very start of the design, when the car is first virtually created on the computer. Or later during the development of the control systems for the engine, transmission and suspension, which significantly affect the dynamics. “At that point we go into the fundamental depths of control engineering,” says Wiech. More than ever before when working on the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé. You can immediately spot the AMG origins of the sportiest C-Class of all time. Engineers from Mercedes-AMG have redesigned all the body parts apart from the doors, roof and trunk lid and thus given the C 63 S Coupé a distinct body shape. Because the also redesigned front and rear axles feature a wider track, the “body-builders” have styled the front and rear end to be wider with flared wings. For the first time, the AMG model now has its own side panels too. “We invested a lot of design time in that,” Wiech discloses. 96


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