Thundering Mercedes-AMG C63 now available

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 27, 2015

Set to continue its rivalry with the BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz South Africa has released pricing as well as spec details of its new AMG C63 and C63 S.

Apart from the change in model designation, Mercedes no longer places the AMG nomenclature at back of its performance models’ names, the newcomer is also the second model after the recently launched AMG-GT supercar to make use of the marque’s downsized range of forced induction engines, and also sees the addition of an even more hardcore S model to the line-up.

Visually, the new C63 features more subtle tweaks to distinguish itself from lesser C-class models with the most notable being a slightly altered grille, door sills, rear diffuser, quad exhausts, grey 18-inch alloy wheels on the “standard” model and polished 19-inch alloys on the S, and various “V8 BITURBO” and “AMG” badges.

In a departure from the exterior, changes under the skin are more prominent with both models featuring AMG’s Ride Control system which allows the driver to choose from three settings; ESP ON, ESP SPORT HANDELING and ESP OFF, the latter allowing for the complete deactivation of the traction control for the first time.

Also derived from the AMG-GT, the C63 comes fitted with AMG’s four mode Dynamic Select system (Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual) that alters the ride, steering feedback, throttle response and gearshifts of the seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Aside from this, the system also adds a RACE setting on the S model, while the standard car’s ventilated disc brakes are dropped in favour of carbon ceramic units.

Up front, and probably its biggest change, the C63 forgoes its predecessor normally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 and place of the GT’s 4.0-litre bi-turbo which, in standard form, produces 350 kW and 650 N.m of torque. In S form, power increases to 375 kW with torque going up to 700 N.m of torque.

As before, top speed for both are limited to 250 km/h but can be raised to 290 km/h when fitted with the optional AMG Driver’s Package, while 100 km/h is dispatched in 4.1 sec with the S getting there in 4.0 sec. Fuel consumption is rated at 8.2 L/100 km and 8.4 L/100 km respectively with emissions coming in at 192 g/km and 195 g/km.

Inside, the interior is said to reflect the car’s sporty nature with the fitment leather and Alcantara as well as aluminium inserts on the doors, centre console, dashboard and high gloss black finishes around the gear lever and free standing infotainment system. On optional Edition 1 package, consisting mostly out of cosmetic tweaks can be specified at launch.

A six year / 100 000 km maintenance plan is standard on all models.