The revised Mercedes-AMG C63 models keeps the same performance figures as the outgoing versions but instead focus on “even better dynamics” and a heavily revamped interior, according to the brand. Orders are open now, but first deliveries for the updated super saloon start in October.
Prices for the cheapest model in the four-strong line-up, the saloon, start from £66,429, an increase of £5900 over the outgoing model though, Mercedes says, with significantly more equipment. The C63 S saloon costs £75,408, a rise of £6100 over its predecessor. The most expensive model in the new C63 range is the C63 S Cabriolet, which is priced from £81,516. First deliveries are scheduled for October. CO2 emissions start as low as 227g/km for the C63 saloon, and rise to 236g/km for the Cabriolet.
First shown in New York and offered in saloon, estate, coupe and cabriolet guises, the AMG-bred C-Class is the best-selling AMG series model, taking into account the C63 and C43, the gentler AMG variant intended to bring more people into the performance brand.
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To improve dynamics, the C63 replaces its seven-speed Speedshift transmission with a nine-speed one for shorter shift times, while there are up to six drive programmes available: Slippery, comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race and Individual.
There is also a new set-up called AMG Dynamics which can be adjusted to match the car’s handling characteristics to different demands and driving conditions and offers for functions: Basic, Advanced, Pro and Master which are automatically selected by the respective drive programme.
For example, the Master mode which is included in the Race drive programme “guarantees optimal agility and makes ideal use of the car’s high driving dynamics potential” says AMG, by means of higher yaw rates and faster response of accelerator, gearshift and electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
In addition, there’s an optional AMG Track Pace programme which acts as a virtual race engineer for recording date when driving on closed-off race tracks.
The C63 gets adaptive damping adjustment as standard, adjusting the damping at each wheel as required. The steel suspension is made up of a four-link front axle and multi-link independent rear suspension, which uses newly developed components that “result in a very high camber stability when cornering at speed,” said AMG.
Visually, the facelifted model adopts the AMG-specific radiator trim with vertical louvres in chrome, a design feature which is spreading across AMG models to create further differentiation with standard Mercedes models.
Inside, there is a new generation of AMG steering wheel which has a flattened bottom section and is perforated in the grip area.
Mercedes’ latest infotainment system with touchpad and rotary control has also been incorporated, as well as an optional 12.3in screen which offers three AMG-specific display styles.
There is also a host of extra information intended to make the driving experience “sportier” with information such as G-Force, Race Timer and engine data.
All four variants keep the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo of the outgoing generation available in 469bhp or 503bhp outputs on its C63 and C63 S models respectively.
The fastest, and lightest, model is the C63 S coupe which hits 0-62mph in 3.9secs with a top speed of 180mph.