• AMG has gone all out to make the C63 a true driver's car
  • The C63 has a more thuggish look than the M3
  • Sport mode displays a lap timer in the instrument display
  • Dash layout and quality are first rate; front seats are extraordinarily good
  • C63 looks purposeful with body kit and quad exhausts
  • The C63 estate has enormous appeal
  • The estate offers the possibility of carting large loads very fast
  • The C63's 6208cc V8 develops 457bhp and 442lb ft in standard guise
  • The C63 coupe is a more direct rival for the M3
  • The C63 is capable of getting its massive power reserves down easily
  • The most complete AMG Merc yet — and the first to topple the M3

The C63 is one of AMG’s finest moments to date. It has a completeness to its dynamic repertoire that has eluded many previous Mercedes AMG products.

Apart from being shatteringly quick and beautifully made, it’s also just a thumping good car to drive. The not-so-good elements are the ride and the range (and they’re both quite serious issues), but the C63 remains an intoxicating and desirable car in any of its body styles. There's a lot to like about a roomy and versatile estate that goes and sounds like a C63.

Matt Prior

Road test editor
We are smitten with this car, and no mistake

Despite its poor economy, the naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 remains the pinnacle of AMG engine design in many people's eyes, with the sort of aggressive character and throttle response that is hard to replicate in a turbocharged engine, and could easily be reason enough to opt for this C63 over any of its rivals.

But thanks to the way the C63 handles and the quality of its interior, it's certainly not the only reason to want one.

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