Mercedes-AMG’s best seller is that of the C63 and it’s no wonder thanks to its guttural V8 engine, it’s classic rear wheel drive and its iconic design. I headed to Kyalami race track to get behind the wheel of the updated C63 S and believe me, it is as good as you would expect it to be.
The line-up, which consists of the Sedan, Coupé and Cabriolet has a slightly more modern design with only a few tweaks needed to achieve this. Some of these tweaks include a new front design featuring an AMG-specific radiator grille as well as a redesigned rear with a new lighting system and larger exhaust tips that are now ruffled.
One of the new standout features when you climb inside is the AMG Speedshift MCT 9G transmission. It allows for faster bursts of speed and more spontaneous responses to the driver’s throttle input. The rear-axle limited-slip differential fitted as standard is now electronically controlled on all versions, allowing more precise traction control.
We put the traction control to the test with a number of exercises, one of which involved a slalom and another which involved drifting. All I am going to say is that it was certainly the most fun I have had in a car in a long time.
The best part about taking the C63 S around a track is the confidence it inspires. This rear-wheel driven car is so capable that you almost feel invincible when thrashing it around a track such as Kyalami. You would have to be a truly bad driver to make this car leave the road. Maybe don’t test this theory though.
Breathing fire in to the C63 S is the 4.0-litre V8 engine with two turbochargers. This means outputs of 375 kW and a dizzying 700 Nm. Depending on the body shape, you can get to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.
Inside this driver enthusiast car lies a cabin that is built purely for driver enjoyment. It comes standard with classic-sporty equipment with seat covers in black Nappa leather, combined with trim in black piano-lacquer look/light longitudinal-grain aluminium.
Just to make you whole driving experience that much sportier, the specific AMG menu shows you a host of additional information that includes:
- Warm-up: engine and transmission oil temperature plus charge pressure as Boost display
- Set-up: current status of systems such as the drive system, suspension, AMG Dynamics, exhaust system, ESP®, transmission
- G-Force: display of current g-forces in a coordinate system and ability to save maximum values
- Race Timer: manual stopwatch for lap times and colour display of fastest and slowest laps, plus average speed and distance
- The AMG TRACK PACE is now a standard. Instead of “Race Timer” the instrument cluster shows the “AMG TRACK PACE” menu, with visualisations of race tracks, sector and lap times
- There is also a specific AMG TRACK PACE view in the optional head-up display (HUD) with circuit graphic, bends, braking points, delta speed and absolute times
- Engine data: engine torque / rated output in a bar chart plus charge pressure as Boost display
This updated Mercedes-AMG C63 S will no doubt continue its success story for the German brand, if you can afford the price tag that is.
PRICING OF MERCEDES-AMG C63 S
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan: R1 546 600
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupé: R1 609 100
Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Cabriolet: R1 728 700