Mercedes-AMG C63S Coupe

A driver’s muscle toy 

“This is a C63 for the driver and maybe just one passenger. Just one!” said Ershad. 

“One of the main differences you feel when driving the coupe compared to the four-door AMG C63 would be the improved agility.” 

“The tires hold on to dear life as the car gets out of a tricky situation and gets back in line.” 

“The recent revamp of the Mercedes range meant that the C63 also had to go under the knife.”

C63 holds a special place in every car enthusiast’s heart. It can sometimes outshine the glitz and glory of the automotive cream layer. It is just crazy how a classy looking, elegant car bearing the three-pointed star transforms itself into one on the starting grid of a racetrack. The recent revamp of the Mercedes range meant that the C63 also had to go under the knife. And today we not only have a new C63 AMG; we have its sportier newborn: the AMG C63S Coupe. So there is an extra ‘S’ and it’s a coupe. Sounds great! Let’s floor the pedal.

Friday morning is ideal for a fun drive in the urban setting of Dubai. There is close to zero traffic, parking is free and you are not driving to your office! The C63S Coupe happily hanging on to the 120 km/h cruise control limit, me comfortably snuggled in Nappa leather sports seats, I was absorbing just the right amount of sunshine through the panoramic sunroof. The car feels very settled for an AMG. Road bumps and rough patches are absorbed with ease, not a stiff and jumpy affair as is usual in the high-performance world. By the way, I had the suspension in the softest setting and the car felt more Mercedes-Benz than AMG. 

The thick, flat-bottomed steering wheel felt well weighted and ever ready for any input. The Burmester 13-speaker music system on the car makes sure that music is enjoyed in the right way. Wind noise or tire noise never intervene in the cabin and a comfortable drive was in the cards. The AMG C63S Coupe features dynamic engine mounts, which I think play an important part in isolating all those unwanted judders from the vehicle cabin. Interiors of the car are mostly carbon fiber and aluminum material, hinting more about the ‘wicked’ side of the car. The coupe is best enjoyed by two persons. Rear seats are cramped and are best suited for kids. Customary drive is over; time to put our tester through its paces.

Right turn signal, lane change and exit into our ‘secret’ test strip. The C63S Coupe features the AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed transmission, which allows a full manual mode and responds in a blink to gearshift commands. Sadly, no DSG! But the Speedshift seven-speed works great. The whole process is pretty simple. Select a corner of your choice; enter at a sane speed, full power mid corner (drop a cog if you are in manual mode) and opposite lock. This is what the C63 models are known for and the coupe follows the heritage. Slipping the tail end is just like eating cereal for breakfast. You can have it any day, planned or unplanned. However, the new range of AMG C63 cars do not sport a 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V8 fire breather; instead they are powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 pots, and the one on our test car pushes out around 510-hp to the rear wheels. 

Torque is rated at a monstrous 700 Nm. Impressive figures! The power is passed through an electronically-controlled AMG limited slip differential on to 285mm wide rear tires fixed on to 20-inch wheels. For an aggressive profile, the C63S Coupe features 19-inch wheels up front with 255mm section tires. Regardless of the gear, the ride mode or the corner, the C63S Coupe tries to step out its tail – provided the right amount of throttle is given. The tires hold on to dear life as the car gets out of a tricky situation and gets back in line. Straight forward accelerations are quick, with the zero-to-100 km/h coming up in sub-four seconds. You might feel that occasional blank spot, waiting for the turbo to spool up compared to the previous C63 gens. But then it is an absolute bliss of gearshifts, exhaust pops and pinned-to-the-seat feeling. Sport and Sport+ modes enhance the steering and throttle response, and also firm up the suspension. Sport+ is definitely not recommended on daily roads as suspension becomes too harsh to sit in. Stopping power is courtesy of the upgraded high-performance compound braking system on the car. The brakes perform flawlessly to bring this 1,800 kg big boy to a stop pretty quickly.

One of the main differences you feel when driving the coupe compared to the four-door AMG C63 would be the improved agility. Due to a reduced overall length, the chassis has much less to pull along during fast corners and quick lane shifts. The only components the coupe shares with its four-door cousin are the roof, boot lid and door skins. Everything else is brand new for the coupe. For example; the four-link front suspension system has been reinforced for the coupe and the rear suspension is a completely new twelve-link system.

Viewed from the outside, the AMG C63S Coupe is instantly recognizable, thanks to the widened and lowered stance. The regular C-Class front end is updated with larger air intakes, the big emblem with twin-split front grille and a front splitter element to keep your front wheels on the ground. The side sills also get an AMG treatment and the wheels finished in matte black compliment our Diamond White test car perfectly. The V8 biturbo badge near the front wheel arch fits in well. Towards the rear the boot spoiler, the AMG signature quad exhaust outlets and a nice-looking diffuser complete the job. For the time being I am not a big fan of the taillight cluster design, which looks like a ‘La GLE63S’. Our test car came with matte graphite grey AMG sports stripes starting off from the hood and extending all the way till the boot. A set of stripes is also provided above the side sills. If I had my choice I would buy my C63S coupe without stripes. Overall package looks tight and purposeful. 

Verdict
On the whole, the shorter C63S (which is targeted against the M4) offers a much livelier experience than its four-door version. The lack of rear doors cut down the practicality on one end while enhancing drive feel and response on the other. This is a C63 for the driver and maybe just one passenger. Just one!

Pros: Monstrous power, great styling, nice interiors with an S-Class touch
Cons: Cramped second row seats, AMG stripes look too aftermarket, tail ight cluster design could be better, old 6.3-liter naturally aspirated blues
Rivals: BMW M4, Lexus RC-F
Engine: AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo, 510 hp @ 5,500-6,250 rpm, 700 Nm @ 1,750 rpm
Transmission: AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission, RWD
Performance: 0-100 km/h: 4 sec, top speed: 250 km/h, fuel consumption: 12 L/100 km,
Weight: 1,800 kg
one word: double-seater shotgun
4.5 STARS

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