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Mercedes-Benz ‘C 450 AMG’ to kick off bespoke AMG models

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly working on a mild performance version of the new C-Class called the C 450 AMG, which will rival the likes of the Audi S4 and BMW 3 Series M Performance models.

2014 Mercedes-Benz C 250 Sport

According to an Automotive News report, company executives are looking to bridge the gap between the regular Mercedes models and the high-end AMG versions, starting with the C 450 AMG.

It’s understood the performance version will come with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, taken from the regular C 400, with power bumped up from the current 245kW and 480Nm, to around 280kW.

Unlike the proper AMG vehicles, the C 450 AMG and other similar packages won’t come with a bespoke drivetrain and high-end suspension and brakes. Instead, they are set to come with styling enhancements and unique alloy wheels, and possibly some interior changes.

The C 450 AMG will be a step up from all other C-Class models but no so far ahead as to catch the upcoming C 63 AMG model, yet to be revealed. For those wanting a bit more performance and flare, it will be the ideal package.

Mercedes will apparently introduce a number of unique AMG models along the same lines in the coming years, including performance versions of the CLA-Class, E-Class, and some SUV models.

Audi has always had its ‘S’ models, such as the S3 and S4, which aren’t quite as racy as the ‘RS’ models, while BMW has its M Performance sub-brand with vehicles like the M235i. Mercedes-Benz will be keen to launch liked-minded products for more direct competition.

The C 450 AMG is set to be unveiled at the US auto show in Detroit in January.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.