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

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

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    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
14 May 2012

What is it?

The very powerful, very rapid and very loud range-topping version of Mercedes-Benz’s new C-class coupe line-up, the C 63 AMG coupe. Sister car to the recently facelifted C 63 AMG saloon and estate with which it shares elements of its styling, mechanical package and excellent interior, it takes over from the CLK 55 AMG, providing renewed competition to the likes of the Audi RS5, BMW M3 and Lexus ISF.

Powering the latest in an ever growing range of Mercedes-Benz performance models is its naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 engine. As in the C 63 AMG saloon and estate, it kicks out a nominal 451bhp at 6800rpm. However, an optional Performance package, which brings the same lightweight pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft as those used in the SLS, bumps its reserves up to a headlining 480bhp.

What’s it like?

A lot like the C 63 AMG saloon and estate in overall character. But given they share their entire mechanical package save for a few unique chassis tweaks we really didn’t expect anything else from the C 63 AMG coupe.

Predictably, the driving experience is dominated by the engine. As impressive as the outright power – and it is generous in comparison its two door rivals - is the ease at which you can tap into the C 63 AMG coupe’s vast reserves of torque. Reach the mid-range and it is nothing short of explosive. The performance is effortless, enabling it to reach seriously high speeds without seemingly drawing breath. On top of this, it makes a wonderful sound at full throttle, emitting a deep baritone growl that fully befits its muscle car brief.

Just how fast the rear-wheel drive C 63 AMG coupe is in a straight line is fully reflected in Mercedes-Benz’s official performance claims, which put its 0-62mph time at just 4.3sec when running the optional Performance Package. That’s quite a bit faster than the RS5 (4.6sec), M3 (4.8sec) and ISF (4.8sec), and if our experience with the C 63 AMG saloon and estate is any guide, it’ll likely go faster still in independent testing.

Still, there’s a lot more to this car than an immensely powerful engine and rapid acceleration. The C 63 AMG coupe also engages with the sort of handling, response and balance that sees it closely challenge the RS5, M3 and ISF for outright driver appeal.

There’s an appealing completeness to its dynamic repertoire that allows you confidently explore its limits on public roads.

Criticisms? There are a few. The downside of providing the C 63 AMG coupe with such outstanding body control is a fairly firm ride. It’s not harsh, but it can be caught out on occasion. The gearbox also lacks the rapid fire qualities of the double clutch units that are offered as optional equipment on the RS5 and M3, especially on up-shifts. Combined fuel consumption of just 23.5mpg is also a little on the high side in comparison its rivals.

Should I buy one?

No doubt about it, Mercedes-Benz has pulled off something special with the C 63 AMG coupe. But given the praise we’ve heaped on the C 63 AMG saloon and estate in recent times, that’s no real surprise.

Whether you’d choose it above the RS5, M3 and ISF really depends on your priorities. As an everyday proposition, the C 63 AMG coupe would certainly take some beating. It’s just so unforced, so effortless in the way it goes about its business. And for many, that’s going to count more than anything else.

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG coupe

Price: £63,000 (est); Top speed: 155mph (limited); 0-62mph: 4.3sec; Economy: 23.5mpg (combined); CO2: 280g/km; Kerb weight: 1730kg; Engine: V8 6208cc, petrol; Power: 451bhp at 6800rpm; Torque: 443lb ft at 5000rpm; Gearbox: 7-speed automatic

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16 May 2011

Can't quite put my finger on why, but the saloon version still appeals more to me. I usually prefer 2 door cars. Maybe it's because it was launched so long after the saloon, which gives me the impression that it's a bit of an afterthought?

Still have one at the drop of a hat though!

16 May 2011

With an estimated price shown as some £8,000 ,more than Autocar list the M3 at, how about an opinion from Autocar as to whether that would be money well spent or if you might as well just take an M3 and spend £8k on options (or beer, though not while driving).

16 May 2011

[quote Autocar]0-62mph time at just 4.3sec .......... 0-62mph: 4.4sec[/quote]

Which one is it, Greg?

[quote Autocar]0-62mph time at just 4.3sec. That’s quite a bit faster than the....M3 (4.8sec)[/quote]

M3 with DCT is quoted at 4.6sec by BMW.

16 May 2011

So an M3 is slumming it for the rich people in Europe?,and a Merc C63 would be acceptable? because it looks the money?, no, Mercedes know they are always playing catch up and to hold onto their client base they are stuck with this gentlemans express!, a sort of iron fist in a velvet glove.

Peter Cavellini.

16 May 2011

[quote Autocar]It’s just so unforced, so effortless in the way it goes about its business.[/quote]

this describes perfectly what I look for in a big car. It's all very well having a super green 900cc with quad turbos and three superchargers squirting heroin into plutonium 238 lined cylinders to make it burn efficiently and have it do 0-60mph in 5 seconds dead while getting 130mpg - it's just such a yawn to drive.

I've yet to have a proper go in a MultiAir car but the tedious VW 1.4 has that moment's hesitation as you bury the throttle that, for me, undoes the whole experience - particularly when entering a busy roundabout. In the case of the VW the hesitation might have been down the DSG but it still left me absolutely cold (but then almost all new cars do).

16 May 2011

The M156 is still one of the best engines around but I'd still have an M3 (manual) It seems a "younger" car to me...

16 May 2011

I wonder how long it'll be before every car Merc sells is limited to 155mph.

 

 

17 May 2011

Who had the Frankie goes to Hollywood CD? Admit it!

17 May 2011

True, even Autocar tested the M3 Competion pack with the MDCT box at 4.6sec against the RS5.

17 May 2011

It says the Performance Pack brings lightweight pistons, conrods and crankshaft from the SLS, which increases output to 480bhp. It sounds like major engine surgery for a 30 bhp increase, no? Is the increase in output purely a function of more revs as a result of less rotating mass from the SLS parts, or is that in addition to other changes such as freer-flowing intake and exhaust, ECU etc?

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