I wish to shake the hand of Salih Denizer. Likelihood is slim to none that we’d ever really meet, however he performed a reasonably important position in serving to this specific Mercedes-AMG C63 S come to life: he constructed the engine.
And what an engine it’s. The C63 S is hardly new, however having undergone a minor nip/tuck final 12 months, this go-fast model of the in any other case milquetoast C-Class is as ferocious as ever. Technically, it’s a sufferer of downsizing — gone is the snorty, usually aspirated 6.2-litre V8, changed by smaller however twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 — however there’s nothing small about 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque at your disposal. All that kick is distributed to the rear wheels through Mercedes’ nine-speed Speedshift MCT transmission.
But it surely’s not simply any nine-speed transmission. Certain, it’s a standard automated within the sense that there are two pedals, a (clumsy) P-R-N-D shifter, and in case you go away it in D, it shifts for you. But it doesn’t have a torque converter, and it isn’t a dual-clutch gearbox, both: Mercedes-Benz calls this sorcery a multi-clutch transmission that “makes use of a moist startup clutch and magnesium casing to avoid wasting weight and enhance efficiency.” Translation? It’s good. Like, actually good. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing — whether or not it’s regular cruising on the freeway, merging in a spirited method, tooting round city, or passing an 18-wheeler on a two-lane highway within the sticks — the C63 S all the time appears to be in the appropriate gear. Shifts are lightning-quick, and you may step down a handful of gears in case you actually must go quick.
Talking of going quick, the S is actually good at that, too. Zero-to-100 km/h arrives in about 3.9 seconds, and in case you hold the go-fast pedal pinned, it tops out at an electronically restricted 290 km/h. You positively gained’t faucet into that efficiency each day, however there’s hardly a lick of turbo lag and also you’ll actually recognize the soundtrack: turbochargers often is the alternative for displacement — the six-cylinder BMW M4 now performs within the 500-horsepower membership — however the speedy Benz merely sounds higher than something within the phase, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio however. It’s pretty reserved and muted in Consolation, however something past Sport and the Benz correctly snarly and rabid. Tunnels and underpasses will shortly change into your finest associates.
Up to now, the C63 S affords a reasonably compelling package deal, doesn’t it? Sadly, it loses a few of its lustre when it comes to suspension tuning and experience high quality. Let me preface this by saying, whatever the drive mode through which you end up — be it Consolation or Race — the C63 S sticks to the pavement like dried-up tomato sauce from the lasagna that used to be in your dinner plate, and it corners flatter than the sheets of plywood at present making up your sub-floor. Significantly, you’ll must push this factor onerous earlier than the tremendous sticky Michelins even start to protest.
However that functionality comes on the expense of experience high quality, which irrespective of the way you slice it, is harsh and loud on something that isn’t recent, glass-smooth pavement, once more whatever the drive mode you’ve chosen. I’ll give the C63 some remedial brownie factors for its steering: so far as electrical and powered racks go, the C63 S’ steering is properly weighted and affords good suggestions. A limited-slip diff can be customary.
A part of the C63’s updates for 2019 included an entire host of beauty tweaks in and out, and all that carries over into 2020 (and 2021). Exterior, the C63 S now wears AMG’s so-called Panamericana entrance grille and units itself other than customary C-Class fashions with extra aggressive entrance and rear fascias, wider fenders, and bigger wheels. This specific C63 S was fitted with non-obligatory staggered solid wheels and an aero equipment, and whereas the matte paintwork (a $2,500 possibility, by the best way) might not be everybody’s cup of tea, the Benz is by and huge extra delicate and fetching than the M4 — not like that’s a very excessive bar, although. If the coupe isn’t your factor, Mercedes additionally affords the C63 as a convertible and a sedan, the latter of which clearly extra sensible, but additionally surprisingly lighter than the coupe.
The cabin sees probably the most tweaks. It’s largely the identical fundamental structure as we first noticed in 2015, and that’s not a foul factor — most interiors within the luxurious phase generally is a miserable pit of darkness, however Mercedes counters the black trim with a wholesome dose of vibrant accents, distinction stitching and materials, and a few extremely supportive (albeit non-obligatory) sport seats completed in Nappa leather-based which might be additionally heated and cooled.
The C63 S isn’t working MBUX but, however the infotainment remains to be intuitive sufficient (it’s operated by a rotary knob that, on the very least, eliminates fingerprints on the display screen) and the upsized 10.25-inch show affords crisp graphics. That, by the best way, is a part of the $5,500 Premium Bundle that provides a bumpin’ Burmester sound system in addition to different bits that ought to actually be customary, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, an influence trunk, and a 360-degree digicam system, to call just a few. It’s a requirement, however come on, Mercedes — that stuff, save for the ability liftgate, is customary on a Nissan Kicks.
One possibility that’s positively value it’s the 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster. It’s a part of the aptly named Know-how Bundle that additionally provides a pair of very good adaptive LED headlights. It’s additionally slick, extremely customizable — you may set it as much as present as a lot or as little information as you need, a pair of conventional “analogue” gauges, or a full map — and properly definitely worth the $1,900. Oh, the steering wheel is up to date, too: it’s the identical wheel discovered within the AMG GT Coupe and four-door, amongst different fashions, however if you would like it completed in Alcantara/ultrasuede/Dinamica or no matter it’s known as, that’s one other $650. The $2,700 Clever Drive package deal rounds out the laundry checklist of choices on this specific C 63 S, including the requisite lively security options you’d count on from a automotive constructed these days.
Backside line? It’s potential to throw some huge cash at a C 63 S. The coupe begins at $86,200, however this tester topped out at a hair below $110,000 — and there are much more choices that would drive up the worth even additional. And even then, whereas sure packages and choices are positively value it, you actually need to marvel why you must pay further for seemingly trivial issues like Apple CarPlay. It’s a hefty chunk of change for one thing that, whenever you boil all of it down, is “simply” a C-Class. There’s a variety of compelling sheet metallic within the $100Ok playground, so you must be a enormous fan of the three-pointed star with a purpose to stroll previous vehicles like a totally loaded C8 Corvette, the Porsche Cayman GT4, and the exceptionally scrumptious (albeit barely slower) Lexus LC 500.
Nonetheless, between the German muscle coupes, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is unquestionably probably the most entertaining. Salih, I owe you one.
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