Latest rumors point to Mercedes dropping the AMG Sport line-up in favor of fully fledged Mercedes-AMG models. But what did differentiate these cars in the first place? Here’s a breakdown of the Mercedes AMG C 63 versus Mercedes C 450 AMG 4Matic.
A certain air of confusion among AMG clients is cementing Mercedes’ belief that only one badge should survive and that is the Mercedes-AMG logo. Initially, Mercedes established the AMG Sport line as an intermediate step between the regular models and the AMG ones, in able to better compete with similarly positioned BMW and Audi cars.
Following this philosophy, Mercedes launched two distinct sports models: the C 450 AMG 4Matic in 4-door and T-Modell guises plus the GLE 450 AMG Coupe. Surprisingly, the all-new C-Class Coupe didn’t get an AMG Sport variant, even if it all seemed to line up just fine initially. Mercedes only offers the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe.
To put even more leaves on the burning fire, the refreshed SLC also got an Mercedes-AMG SLC 45 version, but not an AMG Sport one as well. Even more interesting, it features the same bi-turbo V6 engine as the C 450 AMG 4Matic, so again, the lack of AMG Sport badging is mind blowing to say the least.
Now, let’s see what set the AMG Sport and the Mercedes-AMG models apart in the first place, making a thorough analysis of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 and Mercedes-Benz C 450 AMG 4Matic Sport Line.
-C 450 AMG features the 4Matic all-wheel drive (33% front-67% rear torque bias) while the Mercedes-AMG C 63 only comes with rear wheel drive
-C 450 AMG lacks any rear lockable differential, while the C 63 gets one and the C 63 S also sports an electronically rear-diff
-C 450 AMG is powered by a 3-liter V6 bi-turbo engine good for 367 hp and 520 Nm. The C 63 comes with a bi-turbo V8 developing 476 hp/650 Nm or 510 hp/700 Nm in S guise
-Both models feature the same 7G-Tronic transmission, but the AMG is said to get an upgraded management control unit and faster shift times
-The AMG Ride Control adaptive suspension is also shared, as well as the Dynamic Select program, while the C 63 S lacks the Eco mode, but gains the Race one.
-Brakes are different. C 450 AMG comes with 360 mm discs at the front and 320 mm at the rear with the Mercedes logo. The C 63 S gets 390 mm discs at the front and the AMG badge on the calipers.
-Only C 63 S features dynamic engine mountings for its V8
-C 450 AMG comes with 18 inch as standard, both C 63 models get 19 inch wheels.
-AMG Sport line are based on the AMG pack styling, while the Mercedes-AMG models get bespoke detailing
-The grilles are distinct. The C 450 AMG features the diamond version with one horizontal bars, the C 63 gets a black one with two chrome bars
-The front air intake is larger and wider on the C 63 S, the apron is different
-The wheel arches are 14 mm more prominent on the C 63 and C 63 S models, while the fenders are carved and get the AMG inscription
-Both models feature quad exhaust pipes, but the ones from the C 63 and C 63 S are more generous in size and have a more rectangular shape
-The rear diffuser is fake on the C 450 AMG and active on the C 63/C63 S
-Only the C 63 and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S come with standard LED headlights
-All three models get standard Artico artificial leather upholstery with complementing micro-fiber Dinamica velour on the center of the seats. Red stiching on the C 450, but silver on the C 63.
-The steering wheel comes in Nappa/Dinamica contrasting finishing and gets a metal ring at its top rim. The rectangular base is absent on the C 450 AMG
-Artico leather covers the upper part of the dashboard on all models. Ok, not quite a difference then…
-C 450 AMG features a 5,5 inch screen between its instrument dials, while the C 63 and C 63 S models come with the same screen, but also get a special menu and the Racetimer function.
-C 450 AMG 4Matic costs 59.976 euros
-C 63 costs 76.100 euros
-C 63 S costs 84.371 euros