MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS AMG COUPE C63 S Premium Plus 2dr 9G-Tronic

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph3.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2255 g/km

The C 63 coupe is Mercedes' flagship small coupe offering and this revised version gets smarter looks, a new 9-speed auto gearbox, even sharper handling and a smarter cabin. Despite being the most sporting variant in the C-Class range, the coupe is designed to be the most luxurious and comfortable small coupe in its segment. As well as the fastest.

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Can Mercedes more efficient biturbo engine provide the same thrills as the old 6.2-litre V8? The experts at Car & Driving check out the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe.

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The C 63 coupe is Mercedes' flagship small coupe offering and this revised version gets smarter looks, a new 9-speed auto gearbox, even sharper handling and a smarter cabin. Despite being the most sporting variant in the C-Class range, the coupe is designed to be the most luxurious and comfortable small coupe in its segment. As well as the fastest.

Background

This generation Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe has proved to be a big improvement on its thirsty 6.2-litre V8 predecessor, not least because of the installation beneath the bonnet of the twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 from the brand's Mercedes-AMG GT supercar. This further updated model looks and feels a little more sophisticated - and receives a new 9-speed auto gearbox that properly matches the sophistication of tha engine. Cabriolet, saloon and estate C 63 variants are all available, but it is perhaps this Coupe bodystyle that best delivers what enthusiasts will be looking for from this package. Here, it gets a healthy extra dose of style and technology.

Driving Experience

Though the C 63 is considered a sports coupe, it's not as focused on outright handling ability as certain rivals. The optional AIRMATIC air suspension system says a lot about what it believes customers want from their Mercedes coupe. The AIRMATIC suspension also features self-levelling for optimum comfort even when the vehicle is fully loaded. The suspension itself is a four-link system for the front axle and a five link at the back, allowing greater control over the movement of each wheel for a better ride quality and more sure-footed handling. To help put the power down, a mechanical limited slip differential is standard on the C 63, while the more powerful C 63 S gets an electronic item. Both items are fitted to a C 63-specific rear axle. Drivers can choose between four driving modes on the C 63 and five on the C 63 S. As before, buyers aren't offered the 4MATIC 4WD sytem you get in the lesser V6 C 43 model, so it's rear wheel drive only; which can lead to a few tense moments when cornering in the wet. The bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine produces more power and torque than any of this coupe's current rivals. Choose the C 63 S and you'll have the full fat 510hp and 650Nm of torque, whereas the standard model has to make do with just 476hp and 600Nm. Any worries of forced induction ruining the soundtrack are quickly dispelled - this turbocharged V8 sounds fantastic and with the torque coming in so much lower, the performance is not only stronger but more accessible. What we didn't get when the 4.0-litre powerplant was first installed into the C 63 was an appropriately modern auto gearbox to go with it, early versions of this second generation model equipped with a 7-speed auto from the original 2015 launch. So Mercedes has now put that right, mating this V8 with a 9-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission that according to the brand, delivers an even more agile gearshift response.

Design and Build

To cope with the massive amounts of power and torque on offer, the C 63 has a wide track, AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with electronically controlled dampers and various other suspension tweaks to maximise grip and comfort. Subtle aesthetic changes underscore this revised MK2 model C 63's visual identity. The AMG-specific radiator trim sports vertical louvres in high-gloss chrome and a re-styled front apron features a sleeker 'A-wing' design. In profile, there are sporty side skirts plus aerodynamically optimised AMG light-alloy wheels, while at the rear, the twin tailpipes sit in a more expressive diffuser. Inside, the main change is the addition of a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster in front of the driver which brings the vehicle functions directly to life with the three AMG-specific display styles - 'Classic', 'Sport' or 'Supersport'. The buttons for the AMG Ride Control, the optional active AMG performance exhaust system and the three-stage gearbox modes are grouped around the standard Touchpad controller, above which is an AMG badge and surprisingly non-tacky IWC-branded analogue clock. Most owners will want to specify the optional AMG Performance seats, which provide optimum lateral support when adopting a dynamic driving style thanks to the special design of the seat side bolsters of the seat cushion and backrest. As an option, the seat side bolsters can be perfectly adjusted to the body contours by means of built-in air cushions.

Market and Model

The C63 coupe's list price is around £69,000 with the S version coming in at around £78,000. The basic car's price is several thousand more than rivals such as the BMW M4 and Audi RS 5 and the S model comes in at around £14,000 more. It does attempt to justify that extra cost by having significantly more power and torque than either, as well as having a more comfortable and planted ride than before. Also standard on the C 63 is an exhaust system with flap technology controlled by the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT system. It is automatically map-controlled and provides a sound fit for long distance or emotive driving depending on the driver's selection of mode, engine speed and the power demanded. An optional performance exhaust allows the sound to be modulated at the press of a button. DINAMICA leather sports seats come as standard on both models. However Mercedes do offer a performance seat with a lower seating position and more pronounced bolsters, holding the occupants in place even more tightly. The C 63, though extremely talented, goes into a segment of the market in which there are numerous very capable rivals. BMW's M4 has a huge amount of performance and is significantly lighter than the Mercedes, giving it greater agility. Audi's RS 5 however, is quite a way behind in the power stakes but does counter with its all-wheel drive grip.

Cost of Ownership

Mercedes claim that either variant of the C 63 can achieve around 34mpg on the combined cycle and that they only emit 230g/km. This is extremely efficient for a car of this weight with such significant power and performance. Insurance is group 47 for the standard C 63 and 48 for the C 63 S. The smaller, turbocharged engine and double-clutch gearbox are mostly responsible for this significant increase in economy and lower emissions. The engine is over 30 per cent smaller than before and the two turbochargers allow the engine to breathe more freely. Residuals are expected to be similar to the saloon, which is predicted by experts to have retained 49 per cent of its value after three years. Mercedes' service package offers owners the choice of spreading the maintenance cost and only paying £40 per month. Though the C 63 will still be an expensive car to run, these major costs are almost identical to the smaller-engined and less powerful BMW M4, though that car's list price is much lower.

Summary

Though Mercedes have priced the C 63 quite a way above its rivals, the combination of a slicker 9-speed paddleshift auto gearbox and the best performance in its class by some way make up for this extra cost. The styling of both interior and exterior is another reason people may prefer the Mercedes - it looks more classy and the materials used are second to none. Not only is the C 63 every bit as economical and efficient as its rivals, it also offers more power and torque, providing huge performance from anywhere in the rev-range, unlike certain rivals. AMG's suspension work has really paid off on the C 63 - its excellent control is thanks to the complicated multi-link setups front and rear and the adjustable damping means there's a mode to suit all roads. Where certain rivals compromise comfort to achieve maximum grip and agility, the Mercedes doesn't need to. It blends g-inducing grip with a smooth, quiet ride to give the best of both worlds.

  • Green tinted glass
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Electric windows with one touch opening/closing and obstruction sensors

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Adaptive brake system with hold function, hill start assist and brake drying function

  • Black floor mats with AMG lettering

  • AMG Ride Control sports suspension

  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
  • Wireless charging

  • Active park assist with parktronic system
  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • 3 stage speed sensitive sport steering
  • Attention assist
  • 360 camera
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes - Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and Race

  • ECO start/stop function
  • Remote boot release

  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • AMG track pace
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Pre-wiring for SD navigation system
  • 12.3" Active TFT crystal driver's instrument display
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Comand Online HDD Nav with media interface,radio/CD/DVD/MP3, 10.25 screen, linguatronic voice control

  • Exterior mirrors heated and electronically adjustable

  • Artico man-made leather dashboard with contrast stitching

  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Increase to electronically limited top speed
  • 66l fuel tank with increased capacity

  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Two USB ports and one SD Card slot in centre console
  • SD card slot
  • Burmester surround sound system

  • Door sill panels with AMG lettering
  • AMG bonnet with powerdomes
  • V8 BITURBO badging with flared AMG wings
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric panoramic glass sunroof
  • Radio aerial integrated into rear window
  • Double angular tailpipe design
  • AMG specific radiator grille in high sheen chrome with AMG lettering
  • Mercedes AMG C 63 S badging at the rear

  • Full LED tail lamps
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED third brake light
  • LED Indicators
  • Multi beam LED headlights

  • THERMATIC 2 zone automatic climate control

  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • 3 spoke AMG Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather/dinamica
  • Artico man-made leather upper dashboard and beltlines with contrast stitching
  • AMG emblem in front head restraints
  • Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
  • Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Load compartment cover

  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Front LED reading lights

  • Memory pack with Electric adjustable steering wheel - C Class
  • Stowage pack - C Class
  • Interior lighting package - C Class
  • Mirror package - C Class
  • Keyless go comfort package - C Class Coupe

  • Automatic seatbelt pretensioner for driver and front passenger
  • Dual stage airbags - driver and front passenger, front sidebags, driver kneebag, pelvis bag and windowbags for driver, front and rear passengers
  • ISOFIX child seat attachment points with top tether in rear
  • Active bonnet
  • 3 point automatic seatbelts
  • 2 rear seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Seat belts in Crystal grey

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • AMG performance seats
  • Front head restraints
  • 2 rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor

  • Immobiliser
  • Chrome surround electric key
  • Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Anti-theft alarm system/interior protection with tow-away protection and interior monitoring systems

  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9 speed automatic sports transmission
  • AMG rear axle limited slip differential lock

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • TIREFIT with tyre inflation compressor

  • CO2 (g/km): 230
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 255

  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 3982

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 20.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 36.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 28
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 16.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 25
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 27.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 25
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 17.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 11.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 10.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 11.3

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 57
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 510
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: AMG S Premium Plus
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 71.4
  • Engine Power - KW: 375
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 516
  • Engine Torque - NM: 700
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 510
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.9
  • Top Speed: 180

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 265/45 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/35 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): 2016
  • Height: 1400
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4750
  • Width: 1877
  • Wheelbase: 2840

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1745
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2160
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 355
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Loading Weight: 415
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8

  • Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen): £385
  • Side windows surround in polished aluminium: Included

  • AMG high performance braking system: Included
  • AMG ceramic high performance composite braking system: £4,285

  • Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter: Included

  • Head up Display: £825

  • Body coloured door mirrors: Included

  • Grey oak open pore trim: Included
  • AMG carbon fibre/aluminium with analogue clock trim: £700

  • Designo special magno paint: £1,795
  • AMG front apron with A-wing in high-gloss black: Included
  • AMG performance exhaust system: Included
  • AMG boot lid spoiler in body colour: Included
  • Lamella design of side air intake, rear apron, diffuser and diffuser blade: Included
  • AMG rear apron with 4 diffuser fins, diffuser board plus trim strip painted in matt iridium silver: Included
  • AMG side sill panels with silver chrome inserts: Included
  • Metallic paint: £685
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Designo special metallic paint: £895

  • Two tone nappa leather upholstery: £0
  • Nappa leather upholstery: Included

  • Driving Assistance Package - C Class: £1,695
  • AMG exterior carbon fibre pack 2 - C43/C63 AMG: £1,260
  • AMG exterior carbon fibre pack 1 - C Class: £3,370
  • AMG Aerodynamics package - C Class: £1,260
  • AMG night package - C Class: £585

  • Metallic - Mojave silver: £685
  • Metallic - Selenite Grey: £685
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £685
  • Metallic - Brilliant blue: £685
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £685

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo special magno - Graphite grey: £1,795
  • Designo special metallic - Diamond white: £895
  • Designo special metallic - Hyacinth red: £895

  • Nappa leather - Black: £0
  • Two tone nappa leather - Platinum white pearl/black: £0
  • Two tone nappa leather - Pepper red/black: £0

  • 19" front / 20" rear AMG performance 5 twin spoke forged alloy wheels painted in matt black with high sheen finish + red brake calipers: £2,395
  • 19" front / 20" rear AMG cross spoke forged alloy wheels painted in matt black + red brake calipers: £1,735
  • 19" front / 20" rear AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels aerodynamically optimised painted in tantalite grey, high sheen finish + red brake calipers: Included
  • 19" front / 20" rear AMG cross spoke forged alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with high sheen finish + red brake calipers: £1,360

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