The Manhart CR 600 is for C63 owners that want more power and less attention.
Manhart doesn't seem to be done with the W205 Mercedes-AMG C63 S just yet, releasing another upgrade for the sport sedan discontinued in 2021 called the CR 600. This performance model slots in perfectly under the CR 700 Last Edition the company released last year, and pushes the car's 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque to 623 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque.
The car appears to be continuing a recent trend of high-powered sleeper builds from the tuner. A few weeks ago, the company unveiled the Manhart X5 G05 M50d, a turbodiesel that now boasts 459 hp and 642 lb-ft of torque along with subtle and tasteful visual mods. A tasteful 624 horsepower BMW M4 build before that called the MH4 600 seems to preface this new CR 600, and Manhart is starting to change our opinions.
And when we say subtle, we mean subtle. Looking at the exterior, besides the additions of new badging, bigger 20-inch wheels, and Manhart-branded brake calipers, you'd be hard-pressed to tell it apart from a normal C63 S. It wears all black, including the trim and grille, feeding into the sleeper atmosphere. Now those who which to be the center of attention may find this to be a letdown, but we find it to be the perfect formula for a refined German Luxury sedan reminiscent of the work Alpina does with BMW.
So without the visual upgrades, it appears all the money is then being spent on making the car faster. Like the CR 700, the CR 600's main addition is the Manhart Turbo Performance Kit along with intercooler upgrades and ECU remapping.
In the Sport version, the car comes with 200-cell catalytic converters, but the buyer can also opt for a cat-less Race version. The nine-speed transmission has been remapped, and the car now sits on an adjustable Manhart coil spring set by H&R.
The wheels are the star of the show visually, filling the wheel arches perfectly and enhancing looks with a flash of silver. The Manhart Concave One rims are 10.5 inches wide in the back and 9 inches in the front wearing Michelin Pilot sport tires. The interior is left untouched, though the company says it can cater to any buyer's tastes.
It's a true sleeper build, one that won't bat an eye driving around town but will be comfortable cruising at 150+ mph. Not every vehicle needs to have bright colors or crazy graphics plastered upon them, and we hope Manhart will take everything it's learning and brings it to the 2024 Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance when the time is right.
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