Four years have passed since AMG’s latest take on the C-Class Coupé appeared with a downsized, turbocharged engine, and yet the appeal of this anachronistic car remains almost entirely undiminished.

And while it would be easy to attribute that appeal to such an utterly thunderous powertrain – one unique in this class – with real-world performance to make supercars sit up and take note, AMG’s real success has been to make its lovable coupé-cum-hot-rod simultaneously more engaging to drive hard and more accommodating of British roads. The chassis electronics are a particular highlight, if also a touch elaborate, and there’s a delicacy to the ride that wasn’t always there.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
Scintillating C63 S lays down the gauntlet for M division

That all being said, the architecture and finish of the interior is beginning to feel its age, and AMG must do more to isolate the car’s cabin from unwanted road noise. For any other car in the C-Class range, these would be serious criticisms, but given the ability of the C63 S to entertain and thrill like very few other cars on sale, they are justifiably forgiveable and result in only half a star being docked.

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