Mercedes AMG C63 2018 Coupe
No, the Newport Pagnell agency hasn’t been taken over by Mercedes however with their small shareholding in Aston, they now share many widespread elements.
The result’s that the four.Zero-litre twin-turbo V8 on this sizzling C-Class is identical as that within the new £120,000 Vantage.
A little bit of an imaginative stretch maybe however that isn’t to recommend for a second that the AMG C63 is a brief straw – removed from it.
Not like a few of its rivals, Mercedes has opened up the attraction of this C-Class in order that it’s out there within the full vary of physique types – from saloon and property to the convertible and this coupe.
We should admit to being large followers of the C-Class Coupe’s styling however this AMG takes step additional.
In addition to the latest updates, the uprated ‘S’ mannequin (an additional £9,000) will get 19in alloy wheels and a glance that’s dominated by the over-sized three-pointed star on the brand new AMG-specific entrance grille.
We aren’t fairly satisfied concerning the carbon-fibre lip spoiler on the sting of the boot lid, however on the similar time can think about it wanting naked with out it. On condition that engine-sharing introduction, it greater than has the ability to reside as much as these appears, too.
There’s a four.Zero-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with an unbelievable 476bhp.
C63’s rear view would look naked with out a carbon-fibre lip spoiler
And simply in case you are feeling that massive determine is just not sufficient to drag the pores and skin off a bowl of Ambrosia’s best, you can even go for the ‘S’ model of the automotive which comes with an eye-watering 510bhp.
The latter is sufficient to get the Mercedes coupé from Zero to 60mph in simply three.9 seconds and on to a 180mph high velocity.
With that form of tempo, the C63’s efficiency on the pumps in all probability is not fairly as a lot of a precedence for many potential homeowners but it surely returns 27.9mpg and has 230g/km emissions.
Neither are more likely to see you get a Christmas card from Buddies of the Earth however on the similar time they’re fairly good beneath the circumstances.
After all, these on-paper statistics are all nicely and good however with regards to a automotive with that AMG badge on its boot, it’s about the way it drives as a lot as how briskly it goes. And right here is the place the C63 actually scores.
Steering wheel makes use of intelligent contact pad controls
The C63 places all of that energy by the rear wheels, relatively than that includes four-wheel drive, which implies it must be handled with respect.
Simply how a lot respect is required is underlined by the six driving modes and the 9 (sure, 9) completely different settings for the traction management system. Why it wants 9 settings when three – on, off and a halfway choice – could be ample, is a thriller.
The truth that the C-Class is quick in a straight line goes with out saying – but it surely nonetheless takes your breath away.
The primary time you utilize the paddles behind the steering wheel to alter down a few gears and flex your proper foot in anger, the automotive leaps up the highway forward of you, accompanied by a beautiful V8 howl.
The engine is so completely matched to the nine-speed computerized gearbox that even altering up a gear places you straight again into the C63’s powerband, that means the lull in any surge ahead may be very temporary certainly.
And it is no exaggeration to say you’re nearly sure to expire of clear highway earlier than the C63 runs out of energy.
However higher than that’s that regardless of all these horses beneath your proper foot, the C-Class by no means stays something apart from very usable and in addition extremely controllable.
With the aforementioned settings set for a barely extra entertaining driving expertise, the C63 is extremely controllable and adaptable even midway by a nook. Info is regularly fed again by the steering wheel and the driving force’s seat about what the automotive is doing beneath you in a approach solely critical sports activities automobiles often do.
And whereas in some ways the C63 can really feel like a barely old-school muscle automotive from yesteryear with all that energy, it responds nicely to a extra delicate contact and finesse which allows you to get the most effective from it.
Maybe most shocking is simply how nicely behaved the C-Class is if you find yourself not urgent on, proving a fairly quiet cruiser throughout motorway driving.
Zero to 60mph in simply three.9 seconds and on to a 180mph high velocity
Inside, the construct high quality and supplies are immaculate.
The machined-alloy look on the centre of the dashboard and the transmission tunnel won’t be to everybody’s style however we relatively prefer it.
We aren’t as satisfied concerning the alloy end for the steering wheel controls, although, or the rotary change for the driving modes (a contact borrowed from Ferrari) which will be switched by way of different close by controls anyway.
However what we do like is the miniature touchpad management on the steering wheel which lets you swipe by the infotainment system. Not everybody we spoke to appreciated it however we discovered it intuitive and simple to make use of.
Whereas there’s additionally an excellent driving place due to a top and reach-adjustable steering wheel and seat, it nonetheless felt a bit excessive for us even at its lowest setting.
The C63 places all of that energy by the rear wheels, relatively than that includes four-wheel drive
The closely bolstered AMG Efficiency seats within the S model additionally maintain you tighter than a limpet that is simply returned from a spot 12 months, so that you’d higher not have been skipping too many health club periods recently. The rear seats, as you would possibly anticipate, are ok for younger teenagers however adults will not wish to be in there for lengthy.
Then once more, if you would like extra practicality, there’s at all times the saloon or property fashions. Total, there’s a lot to love about this AMG C63.
For all its unbelievable efficiency and wonderful construct high quality, maybe its biggest attraction is that it’s a very fast sports activities automotive.
Sure, there’s all of the AMG addenda we talked about earlier however out-performing and offering extra enjoyable than this C-Class Coupé on highway or monitor often requires much more compromise and price than this.
And with that AMG badge and the identical V8 engine, who wants an Aston Martin?
The brand new automotive prices between £88,719-£77,698 to purchase
● Mannequin: Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe
● On sale: September
● Value vary: £68,719-£77,698
● Engine: Petrol – four.Zero-litre, twin-turbo
● Energy: Zero to 60mph in three.9 seconds, 180mph high velocity
● Common gas economic system: 27.9mpg
● CO2 emissions: 230g/km
● Rivals: BMW M4, PorscheCayman S
● Ranking: 9/10