Ballistic Mercedes-AMG C 63 AMG has been tested by British magazine Autocar. The Britons cared to share their take on Mercedes’ mighty sedan on video.
Power comes from the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 direct-injection petrol engine that is used in the GT but without dry sump lubrication. It delivers 469bhp at 5500rpm and 470lb ft of torque at 1750rpm, 18bhp and 37lb ft more than its predecessor, all channeled to the rear wheels via AMG’s seven-speed Speedshift automatic gearbox with five different driving modes – C (controlled efficiency), M (manual), S (sport), S+ (sport plus) and, exclusively on the C63 S, R (race). The standard C63 gets a mechanical locking differential, while the C63 S receives an electronically controlled locking differential.
The more sporting C63 S driven by Autocar gets even more power. Good for 503bhp at 5500rpm and 516lb ft at 1750rpm, its ‘heart’ features added turbocharger boost pressure. By comparison, the latest BMW M3 saloon develops 425bhp and 405lb ft.
Does all this magic work out in real life? The answer is yes. The C63 AMG S’ engine is wonderfully sharp and energetic when you plant the throttle and take it up to the 7000rpm redline in shorter ratios in race mode. It delivers excellent response and a rich seam of performance across middling revs, endowing the C63 S with distinguished in-gear pace and effortless high speed cruising ability. The best part, though, is the sound the C63 S makes.
It’s not all good news, though. The seven-speed gearbox is is smooth and accommodating on light to middling loads in automatic mode, but its shift action doesn’t have the outright speed and resolve to really do the new V8 justice when ask to swap ratios at high revs when running in manual.
The electro-mechanical steering, on the other hand, receives its own unique 14.1:1 ratio and is wonderfully weighted and delivers exceptional response.
The standard C-class suspension has been re-tuned extensively at the Nürburgring, getting standard adaptive damping,wider tracks, firmer springs and dampers, larger diameter anti-roll bars, altered bushing and a 25mm reduction in ride height. It endows the car with new-found levels of agility, outstanding handling and improved ride characteristics – all of which makes it a more compelling car drive than ever before, both on the road and at the track.
The Mercedes-AMG C63 S represents real progress. It is clearly a more engaging car than its predecessor and perhaps more than ever before the car you would choose over the BMW M3.