On the heels of introducing the all-new 2015 C-Class sedans, Mercedes-Benz this week gives us the tire shredding Mercedes-AMG C63’s.

First of all, note what I just called it. Mercedes-Benz has changed the naming scheme for their AMG models now to Mercedes-AMG. We’re now to drop the Benz when talking performance.

The heart of the new Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S is the new AMG specific M177 twin-turbo 4.0 liter V8, a close relative of the M178 which debuts in the 2015 AMG-GT super-car.

It spins out 469 horsepower in base trim and 503 horsepower in the C63 S. The company says that model will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 155mph.

An available performance exhaust allows you to control the engine sound with “Comfort”, “Sport +” and “Race” modes. In Race the V8 sound is thundering and raspy, tuned with acoustic tricks for shift points.

They have also managed to keep the curb weight of the C63 models at just over 3,600 lbs which should contribute to some excellent athletics compared to some in its element.

Standard is an adaptive sport suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, a mechanically locking rear axle and a drive select system with multiple drive modes.

And as if the Mercedes-AMG C63 itself isn’t special enough, there will be an exclusive “Edition 1” model available when they go on sale.