A sedan that makes anyone feel like Lewis Hamilton
IT is hard to mention the MercedesAMG C63 and C63 S in casual conversation without sounding like a sales representative for the manufacturer.
The C63 boasts unprecedented power and turns head on the road as not many vehicles can, going from zero to 100 in 4,1 seconds for the standard model and four seconds for the S model.
A posse of motoring journalists was invited to test the C63 and C63 S to their limits at the Zwartkops Raceway in Centurion and in the terrain of the surrounding area.
The first question to be answered was how well the C63 sits on the skidpan when faced with sharp bends. The C63 features a three-stage ESP with the ESP On, ESP Sport Handling Mode and ESP Off functions, which work with the locking differential, and is tuned to driving dynamics of the vehicle.
The ESP On mode is active the moment the engine is started and it initiates a braking intervention and reduces the torque of the engine, when it detects operating conditions become unstable.
With the ESP Sport Handling Mode activated the driver maintains 75% control of the vehicle and allows a higher threshold to allow more drifting but will catch the vehicle before a mishap. With the ESP off, the driver maintains full control of the vehicle with no braking intervention and no reduction in torque.
The vehicle also features the AMG Dynamic Select transmission modes — Comfort, Sport, Sport +, RACE (only for C63 S) and Individual.
Despite the big block upfront, the C63 AMG offers a relativity low-fuel combined consumption for a sports car of 8,2 litres per 100 kms.
Taking the vehicle on an open road or freeway, is a testimony to its zero to 100 in four seconds. The C63 easily climbs in speed, maintaining the luxurious even while peaking at 247 km/h.
While still a relatively new model, the vehicle attracts much attention from other drivers, with some even snapping pictures of the vehicle.
And if it cannot be seen it can be heard. The four-litre V8 biturbo engine roars offering an emotional and spinechilling engine sound, reminiscent of previous models of the C63 with an output 350 kW for the standard model and 375 kW for the S spec.
At the Swartkops Raceway track, the vehicle makes a racer out of any driver, offering peace of mind for safety, and a performance to raise the hairs on your neck — making one feel like Lewis Hamilton.
The exterior of the vehicle is very close to that of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, offering a series of styling packages, with the traditional added red accents in the grill and on the callipers and of course, the AMG badge on the rear.
Mercedes-AMG C63 retails standard at R1 004 700 and the Mercedes-AMG C63 S retails at R1 163 800.
With the ESP off the driver can maintain full control of the vehicle with no braking intervention and no reduction in torque — or in other words, drift.