Founded 50 years ago as a tuning company for Mercedes-Benz vehicles, AMG has since become synonymous with high-octane engineering. Mercedes acquired the shop (which gets its name from its founders, Aufrecht and Melcher, and Aufrecht’s hometown of Grossaspach, Germany) in 2005, expanding many of its product lines into AMG territory.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class luxury compact sedan is no exception. The company makes three AMG versions of it: the AMG C43, the AMG C63, and the AMG C63 S. Each variant is available as a sedan, coupe, or cabriolet. These fast-charging cars are dynamic inside and out, designed to thrill on the road or track while delighting occupants in the cabin.
Read the following slides for a look at the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63, from its powertrain to styling to storage space.
The AMG C63 is powered by a handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The engine is available in two output ratings: 469 horsepower for the C63, or 503 horsepower for the higher-performance C63 S. Both models are rear-wheel drive.
In what is known as a “hot inside V” configuration, the car’s twin turbos are placed within the “V” of the engine for greater efficiency with minimal turbo lag.
The car’s standard AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping allows drivers to choose from three performance settings: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+.
The AMG C63 coupe and sedan can cruise from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds (the AMG C63 S coupe shaves a tenth of a second from the journey). Because of the added weight of its convertible top, the cabriolet clocks in at 4.1 seconds for the C63 and 4.0 seconds for the C63 S.
All three body styles are programmed with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (180 mph for the AMG C63 S sedan and coupe and 174 mph for the AMG C63 S cabriolet). The sports car delivers decent fuel economy for the category at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 21 mpg.
Under the hood, the AMG C63’s direct injection and multispark ignition can supply the optimal amount of fuel while igniting the fuel mixture up to five times in a single cycle to enhance performance.
Handling and Braking
The AMG C63 gets a sport exhaust system that enhances performance as well as engine noise, emitting a distinctive AMG growl.It also comes with an Eco stop/start system that automatically powers down the engine when idling to save fuel. The engine restarts as soon as the driver lifts his or her foot from the brake.
The AMG Dynamic Select system includes four drive modes – Race, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. There is also an option for the driver to configure settings individually. The system adjusts engine and throttle response, suspension, and exhaust sound. The car’s AMG ride control has a three-stage damping system and uses springs and shock absorbers to handle and corner based on the terrain. Additionally, the AMG C63 is equipped with a mechanical limited-slip differential, and the C63 S has an electronic limited-slip differential, which improves traction by distributing torque and allows the driver to accelerate around corners faster.
Available as a sedan, coupe, or cabriolet, the AMG C63 puts its own high-performance spin on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class compact luxury sedan. A double crossbar grille, an A-wing design with mesh intakes, and sculpted side sills lend a sporty look.
Also notable are the LED headlights, flared wheel arches, and standard 19-inch AMG alloy wheels with five sets of light-alloy twin spokes with a painted Titanium silver finish. Four parallelogram-shaped AMG tailpipes, a diffuser in a chrome-shadow finish, and a wind-tunnel-shaped rear spoiler increase the drama.
The AMG C63 also comes standard with eye-catching, red-painted brake calipers with black AMG logos. The coupe version gets a panoramic sunroof.
Inside, the AMG C63 manages to look sporty and luxurious, furnished with micro suede and Nappa leather. AMG illuminated front door sills and brushed aluminum pedals enhance the cabin’s sporting credibility.
All models come equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control and power-adjustable front seats, as well as Bluetooth, HD Radio, two USB ports, and Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND infotainment system with a 7-inch screen. Buyers can opt for a larger screen and an AMG-branded head-up display.
Cargo and Storage
The Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 provides the cargo space buyers would expect in a small car – that is to say, not a lot. The coupe (10.5 cubic feet) and cabriolet (8.8 cubic feet) body styles sacrifice cargo room for exterior design, but the sedan (12.6 cubic feet) offers average trunk space for the segment.
However, the car does come standard with split-folding rear seatbacks that make it easier to load cargo. Fold down the center section to stow longer items such as skis. A hands-free lift gate is available.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The AMG C63 is equipped with several advanced driver safety features, including a rearview camera and forward collision warning. Also standard are the brand’s driver drowsiness monitoring system, which evaluates driving behavior using 70 data points and alerts the driver if it detects signs of drowsiness, and a crosswind assist function that uses the car’s electric power steering and suspension sensors to keep the car steady during a strong wind gust.
Availability and Pricing
All six variants of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 are available in showrooms now. The AMG C63 sedan and coupe start at $65,200 and $67,000, respectively, while the AMG C63 cabriolet begins at $72,850.
Buyers who want extra oomph from their AMG C63 can upgrade to the S trim for about $8,000 more. The AMG C63 S sedan starts at $72,800. The AMG C63 S coupe and cabrio begin at $75,000 and $80,850, respectively.