A successful upgrade of an already outstanding hot saloon

Our Verdict

Mercedes-AMG C 63 2011-2015
AMG has gone all out to make the C 63 a true driver's car

The Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG is a thunderous V8 super-saloon. It's fast, aggressive and beautifully built

  • First Drive

    Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé

    Effortless performance with a fittingly deep baritone growl that fully befits its muscle car brief
  • First Drive

    Mercedes-AMG C 63

    A successful upgrade of an already outstanding hot saloon

What is it?

An updated Mercedes C 63 AMG, that sticks faithfully to the tried-and-tested recipe of big, noisy and brilliant 6.2-litre V8 up front, slightly too-firm springs underneath and a lot of burning rubber at the back. The only significant difference is the new seven-speed ‘MCT’ automatic gearbox that we have already seen most recently in the new CLS 63 AMG.

Not a dual-clutch affair, the MCT is an evolution of the 7G-Tronic ‘box but with a wet-clutch instead of a torque converter. According to Mercedes the benefits of the new transmission are faster, smoother changes and a 10 per cent improvement in fuel consumption.

What’s it like?

Perhaps the crucial observation to make at this point is that, new gearbox aside, the 451bhp C 63 has retained its addictive performance, thankfully kept in check with precise steering and the necessary feedback to make the C 63 a rewarding handling car as well as a slightly psychotic hot saloon.

In terms of real-world use, the gearbox is certainly a worthwhile addition to the new car. All four settings – Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Manual – are well judged for the relevant driving style. Comfort mode blurs the shifts effectively and makes the C 63 as calm as it can be given the slightly unforgiving low-speed ride.

Sport mode increases shift times by 20 per cent over comfort, and strikes a happy medium that works cohesively on the road; More so than Sport Plus, which changes up smoothly (and even more quickly) under full load but can seem to down-change too eagerly, leaving the engine wailing dramatically but unnecessarily high in the upper rev range. It would likely work very well on track but it’s a little too focused even for the most spirited road driving.

Overall this is a successful update of an already thoroughly brilliant car. The gearbox doesn’t seem to be quite so in harmony with the 6.2-litre V8 here as it is with the new 5.5-litre biturbo fitted to some other models, but it’s effective and only serves to make the C 63 more flexible daily transport without diluting its abilities as an endearingly bonkers hot saloon.

Should I buy one?

Absolutely. The BMW M3 is a more pliant car, but the C 63 treads closer in character to an old-school muscle car than anything else in the class without sacrificing the delicacy of response that makes it a truly adept sports saloon.

Mercedes-AMG C 63

Price: £55,565; Top speed: 155mph; 0-62mph: 4.5sec; Economy: 23.5mpg; Co2: 280g/km; Kerbweight: 1730kg; Engine type: 6208cc, V8, petrol; Power: 451bhp at 6800rpm; Torque: 443lb ft at 5000rpm; Gearbox: 7spd auto

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28 July 2011

Well the Merc C63 Black Series is said to be around £100.000 when it comes out next spring, so this 'standard' C63 AMG might prove to be a bargain?

28 July 2011

want

28 July 2011

Looks all white to me.

29 July 2011

I much prefer this 4-door saloon to the 2-door coupe any day.

29 July 2011

[quote achilles46]I much prefer this 4-door saloon to the 2-door coupe any day[/quote]

Agree...fast and fun car and you can use it everyday, only problem is fuel price...

2 August 2011

The only thing this car really achieves is that when you pull up next to one and you glance sideways and see those numbers. You think to yourself christ thats got a 6.3 litre v12 in that tiny body, I wonder what he gets to the gallon. Better not try and beat him off the line.

Then again I suppose this is exactly what the driver of the vehicle wants.......so job done. Would the stickers alone achieve the same effect.........

2 August 2011

[quote audiolab]You think to yourself christ thats got a 6.3 litre v12[/quote]

You don't think that.....

mostly because it's a V8

2 August 2011

ooops...but you get the gist.

2 August 2011

[quote rosstopher]

You don't think that.....

mostly because it's a V8

[/quote]

And it's actually a 6.2, they only call it a 6.3 for historical reasons. LOL.

8 August 2011

Manual box would make it absolutely perfect!

Yeah, yeah, I know........

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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