Taking the Mercedes AMG C63s for a spin

The AMG C63s can hit a 100 km/h from a dead stop in just 4 seconds and has a top speed of 290 km/h.
Published September 11, 2018

Mercedes has tweaked the C class, including AMG models like the C63.

The grill for instance now comes from the AMG GT models and Mercedes also reworked the interior and its technology.

Theres no question that 8 cylinder engines are a dying breed but despite all the discussion about fuel efficiency and Co2 emissions, its an intrinsic element in an AMG C63.

Just like the rear wheel drive, for the facelift, the engineers at Mercedes have implemented an elaborate series of measures aimed at further improving both longitudinal and transverse dynamics. That doesn’t make it any less suitable for daily use.

When it comes to optics, the C63 AMG is a vision of sporty splendour. Instead of horizontal bars, the grill now bears a vertical set of high gloss chrome slants.

From the rear, the reworked double end pipe tail throats convey grace and power.

Inside, the altered steering wheel jumps out at you. Its flat on the bottom and sports buttons with touch activated surfaces like those in the E-Class and CLS.

The analog speedometer can also be replaced by a 12.3 inch combination instrument.

The interior underlines the new C63’s dynamic focus in many details. The infotainment system can be controlled either with the standard rotary push knob or via a touchpad on the central console.

Seats in the C63 are also now equipped with 3 different climate control settings.

A new dynamics feature has been added to the list of driving programs. The system calculates in advance how the car will react, with sensors determining parapets like speed, steering angle and yaw rate.

Based on that data, the way the car will react can be calculated and power distributed in a fraction of a second to the rear axle.

On the racetrack, you instantly notice what kind of power is unleashed in this car. The engine is a 4-litre V8 biturbo that churns out 365 kW and 700 Nm of torque, enough juice to really fly.

The 8 cylinders make the car very reactive and even at high speeds, it leans forward when you hit the gas.

The AMG C63s can hit a 100 km/h from a dead stop in just 4 seconds and has a top speed of 290 km/h. A particle filter helps keep emissions down.

The limited slip differential isn’t mechanical anymore, it’s electrical and the car also has a new gear box called the Speed Shift MCT 9g. It has 9 gears, two more than it’s predecessor and shifts quickly and reliably.

You can really adjust the AMG C63s to suit your individual taste. You can’t really make any mistakes doing that either because the car regulates beautifully, brakes magnificently and accelerates when you want it to.

If you want to drive an AMG C63, you don’t have to forgo specific body styles. You can get a convertible for instance, or maybe you have a big family, try out the station wagon variant, or you can go just for the classic, the Sedan.

This content has been published in partnership with Deutsche Welle (DW).