If the exterior leaves you in little doubt as to the overtly sporting nature of the C 63, the theme continues inside, and how. The excellent basic platform that is the standard Mercedes C-Class cabin has been taken to another place altogether, and the result is extremely successful.

For starters, the seats are quite superb, featuring massive extra bolstering in all the right places and electronic adjustment in every plane. The wheel is a flat-bottomed item that feels peachy in the hands and also features numerous AMG upgrades, including a bespoke menu for track driving.

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Matt Saunders

Road test editor
The steering wheel rim is just the right thickness

Select Race mode, for example, and a timer appears in the already good-looking instrument binnacle, while you can also monitor oil and coolant temperatures on the circuit.

Standard seat upholstery is supple nappa leather. The test car, refreshingly, was not loaded with extras, yet it still looked and felt like an exquisitely high-quality item inside.

And we know already how spacious and practical the C-Class cabin is. Space in the rear is excellent for this size of car, while the big boot has not been compromised during the AMG transformation. 

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