Mercedes has updated the C-class lineup for 2012, and the V8-powered C63 muscle car along with it. For 2012 the C63 gets a redesigned exterior and some minor mechanical upgrades to make it a sharper driver’s car as well as more efficient. Let’s take a look at what’s new for everyone’s favorite bonkers Merc.

Most obvious are the new, swept-back headlights. There’s a new bumper up front with integrated LED daytime running lights, a new aluminum hood with a redesigned grille, and around back a new bumper as well. The C63 gets some new wheels for 2012; these black wheels give it a pretty sinister appearance, don’t they?

Power-wise, it’s the same as it’s always been: a lot. The standard C63 retains the 6.2L 32v AMG V8 with 457bhp and 442lb-ft of torque, while the Performance Package is still available with it’s upgrade to 487bhp. The C63 gains the AMG 7-speed Speed Shift MCT gearbox, which is a 7-speed planetary gearset automatic but with a wet clutch in place of a torque converter, as first seen on the SL63 AMG. AMG says the fuel economy is improved compared to the previous model, which seems about as relevant as what Cameron Diaz’s favorite bird is. The C63 will do 0-60 in 4.5 seconds as a sedan, 4.6 as an estate – and the power pack for either drops that figure a tenth on both.

The other changes are limited to suspension calibrations (not specified) and an updated interior (not shown in the press photos.) Oh, and Mercedes continues to sell the C63 as a wagon in Europe. Cry silently to yourself. The new C63 is available for order from you local Mercedes Dealer now.