New Mercedes a real delight
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.