New Mercedes a real de­light

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

We have just spent a very en­joy­able week in a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S sedan, just the thing for a fam­ily man or woman in a hurry.

There’s no vis­ual doubt this is the ul­tra-sports ver­sion of the Mercedes C-Class model range.

A ma­jor re­design of the front of the sedan has brought in a 60mm longer alu­minium bon­net with twin power domes.

The frontal sec­tion has large air in­lets and aero­dy­namic flicks.

There is also a low split­ter to re­duce front-axle lift at speed.

The C 63 AMG coupe has a wider track, by 64mm at the front and 66mm at the rear.

Larger wheel arches are filled by wider tyres.

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S has Nappa leather uphol­stery, heated front seats, dig­i­tal TV and a panoramic glass slid­ing sun­roof.

The cen­tral tablet-type in­fo­tain­ment screen is large and easy to use.

Gone are the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 6.2-litre V8 en­gines of pre­vi­ous AMG cars, re­placed by a 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo unit pro­duc­ing 375kW of power and a wild 700Nm of torque.

It drives through a semi-race sev­en­speed dual-clutch G-Tronic Plus gear­box.

Ac­tive safety fea­tures on a car like this mean it will do ev­ery­thing it can to save you from your own mis­takes.

Pas­sive safety items in­clude a full suite of items in­clud­ing nine airbags.

The front sports seats sup­port very well with­out be­ing overly ag­gres­sive in their bol­sters to the ex­tent get­ting in and out is dif­fi­cult. The rear seats are neatly trimmed in the same sport­ing man­ner as the front units.

Rear head­room may prove mar­ginal for tall pas­sen­gers be­cause of the sun­roof. Legroom in the back isn’t too bad. The AMG C 63 S has ride-con­trol sports sus­pen­sion, ac­tive dy­namic en­gine mounts, elec­tronic rear axle lock­ing dif­fer­en­tial and a per­for­mance ex­haust sys­tem.

The en­gine shrieks un­der fullthrot­tle ac­cel­er­a­tion, spits on fast down change and bur­bles in a sat­is­fy­ing way even when driv­ing at low speeds in nor­mal driv­ing.

The brakes haul off speed hard and in our road driv­ing, we never came even re­motely close to their lim­its.

How­ever, our pre­vi­ous track test­ing put the brakes un­der some strain.

If you do in­tend to drive in con­trolled high-speed ar­eas, it might we worth spec­i­fy­ing the op­tional com­pos­ite brakes.

Com­fort is com­pro­mised at times, even when us­ing the softer set­tings on of­fer.

Rough roads can knock the C 63 S a bit off course at times, though it re­cov­ers quickly.

This is a sports ma­chine and the com­pro­mises will lean in the right di­rec­tion for most own­ers.

The new gen­er­a­tion MercedesAMG C 63 S sedan is a su­perb sports ma­chine that looks stun­ning, sounds great and is a real driver’s car.

Com­bine that with the abil­ity to cart the fam­ily around by way of four doors and a rea­son­able back seat and it is well worth ad­ding to your short list of per­for­mance street sedans.

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S sedan.

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