In the classic hot-rod vernacular, there’s no substitute for cubic inches, but in a world of superchargers and turbochargers that pretext has lost a lot of its relevance. That is, unless you’re talking about the massive, naturally aspirated 6.2-litre Mercedes V8 shoehorned into the mid size C-class coupe. With its AMG technical refinements, this direct fuel injection engine delivers a power output of 336kW with an amazing 600Nm of torque. Option the $14,900 AMG performance package and the kW count grows to 358, accompanied by a competition orientated brake package and 19” wheels.
Needless to say, the C63 AMG delivers eye-popping performance, enhanced by the dynamic and direct power delivery of a unique AMG 7-speed automatic transmission. This dual clutch auto shifting gearbox not only features steering wheel shift paddles and a rotary console switch to select one of four different drive programs, but even boasts a race-start function to optimise take off traction and a throttle blipping down-shift action. It is not just the engine and power transmission which characterise the C63 AMG coupe’s dynamic quality. Its true brilliance comes from a cleverly integrated engineering package that makes the whole car feel confidently composed in any situation. The AMG sports suspension and high performance composite braking system are also key to the C63’s brilliant capability.
In contrast to the series production suspension system, the AMG model has a specially designed three link front suspension, reinforced multi-link rear suspension, a significantly upgraded wheel and tyre package and wider track all round. Steering feel and feedback are also enhanced and there is a selectable three stage ESP program for varying the level of intervention.
While the C63 is capable of taking its place at club track days it is not a stripped out racer. Behind the distinctive AMG styling, their influence extends to a unique up market trim presentation including new heated front sports seats in “Nappa” leather, a model specific steering wheel with shift paddles and individual instrumentation. C63 features the full complement of safety equipment including seven airbags, active lane assist, blind spot and attention assist as well as the comfort and convenience of a panoramic glass sunroof and reversing camera. The brushed alloy and leather interior in conjunction with those notably comfortable and supportive AMG sports seats is more inviting than many of its sombre black trimmed contemporaries.
The down sides are obvious; the C63 costs a lot to buy and plenty to run, thanks to substantial fuel consumption, but against the difficult to live with and extraordinarily expensive exotic machines that exist at the top end of this bracket it is a veritable bargain. The C63 will feel as much at home on an elegant evening out as it would on a closed circuit track day and it possesses all the ingredients of a classic collector car. At the very least you can be guaranteed of owning a very special Mercedes-Benz.
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