Did you know that Mercedes-AMG C 63 was the first AMG-Mercedes to be built from ground up? At that time, it was called Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG as AMG had not become a sub-brand like it is today. Why are we talking about that? Back in 2008 when it was first introduced, the C63 AMG was perhaps Mercedes’ best shot at competing against the Audi RS4 and BMW M3. Since then, it has been highly-regarded as one of the best cars to buy. It’s 2018 now and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 is better than ever. Does it bring anything new to table to warrant a consideration from buyers?
|Specifications||Mercedes-AMG C 63 S|
|Price||GBP 75,408 (approx Rs 67.33 lakh at current exchange rate)
|Engine||32-valve, DOHC, twin-turbocharged, 4.0-litre V8 petrol|
|Transmission||9-speed AMG Speedshift MCT 9G automatic|
|Front Suspension||Multi-link with adaptive dampers|
|Rear Suspension||Multi-link with adaptive dampers|
|Front Brake||Disc brakes|
|Rear Brake||Disc brakes|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||N/A|
What’s new about the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S?
Before anyone questions why the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S, it is because this is the C 63 version India currently gets. It is more powerful and more expensive than regular C 63. That said, the facelifted model will likely replace this car only and not introduce a lesser powerful one in this market. That said, the new C 63 S is not a ground-up new model but a facelift with some new features thrown in. It shouldn’t be much costlier than the car currently on sale in India.
The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S gets some new styling bits to help it look edgier than before. Up front, there are new headlamps and the vertically-slatted grille from the ‘Beast of the Green Hell’ AMG GT-R. The front bumper has been restyled too with slats in air intakes on each side and the central air dam. The crease on the side across the car’s belt line seems slightly less pronounced this time (may be it is the photos). The rear bumper has been restyled too with new diffuser insert finished in black and an integrated body colour spoiler.
The interior of the car has been revised too. The steering has revised button layout, the centre console and door trims get brushed aluminium insert to liven up the dark cabin of the pre-facelift C 63 S. The floating infotainment unit is now wider than before. The C-Class is yet to be equipped with MBUX so C 63 S owners will have to make do with the COMAND interface for now on the 10.25-inch floating infotainment screen.
On the mechanical front, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S gets a twin-turbo (or Bi-turbo in Mercedes’ speak) 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine that makes 510HP power and 700Nm torque. This engine is mated to a revised nine-speed AMG Speedshift MCT 9G gearbox that powers the rear wheels. It replaces the seven-speed automatic gearbox in the pre-facelift car and has revised shift timings and tricks like double-declutching, multiple downshifts, and three modes (Sport, Sport+, Manual). There are dynamic mounts to keep the engine/transmission vibrations to a minimum. The rear wheels get an electronically-locking differential.
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S can go from 0-100kmph in just 4.0 seconds and on to electronically-limited top speed of 290kmph. The AMG Dynamic Select equips the car with six driving modes – Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race, and Individual. These modes affect the engine, transmission, suspension, steering, and exhaust responses. Torque distribution is affected by AMG Dynamic modes – Basic (for Slippery and Comfort modes), Advanced (for Sport), Pro (for Sport+), and Master (for Race). Master mode can be chosen only when the ESP is off or in Sport mode.
The car gets nine-step adjustable traction control system and can be activated only when the ESP has been turned off. There’s AMG Ride Control suspension on the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S. It is made up of a multi-link (4-link) setup at the front wheels and a multi-link independent suspension at the rear. All corners gets adaptive dampers with three selectable modes – Comfort, Sport, and Sport+.
Is the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S worth consideration?
The answer to this question depends on a buyer’s preference. Do they like the performance of a supercar in a sedan’s body? If the answer is yes, then Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is worth consideration. It slots between the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S. However, unlike those cars, it has some history to itself, making it more special than the cars it slots between.
It does not look as sharp as the BMW M3 but is quite adept at its job of hauling passengers in speed. Moreover, comfort/luxury being a hallmark of Mercedes’ products, one can expect the C 63 S to be amply luxurious for everyday use. The fact that it can handle occasional track-day abuse makes it even more special. It is perhaps the only car many would need for their daily fix of adrenaline and practicality.
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S – Synopsis
- Priced at GBP 75,408 (approx Rs 67.33 lakh at current exchange rate)
- Based on the facelifted C-Class; likely to come to India in C 63 S form only
- Gets the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine as before
- Power – 510HP; Torque – 700Nm
- Gets a new nine-speed AMG Speedshift MCT 9G with tricks like double-declutching, multiple downshifts, and three selectable modes
- Has multi-link suspension setup at both ends with adaptive dampers at all four corners (with three modes)
- Can go from 0-100kmph in just 3.9 seconds; top speed limited to 290kmph
- Gets AMG Dynamic Select with six modes
- Gets four AMG Dynamic modes that can be selected with ESP off or in Sport mode
- Available in four body styles – Sedan, Coupe, Estate, and Cabriolet; only sedan model likely to come to India
- Updated on August 16 to reflect UK prices for the S version