2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63 Review

Introduction

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 is the company’s go-faster version of its junior executive C-Class. Powered by a tumultuous 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine and sending drive exclusively to the rear axle via a seven-speed AMG automatic transmission, this is a seriously rapid and engaging performance car. It can be specified in all four of the C-Class’ body styles (Saloon, Estate, Coupe, and Cabriolet) and if you don’t feel the 476hp variant is quick enough, there’s a lunatic C 63 S offered that delivers a fantastic 510hp.

 

Body Style: Saloon/Estate/Coupe/Cabriolet Seats: 4/5

MRP from £62,180 - £79,625

 

Did you know? This car’s predecessor had a 6.2-litre V8 – and, as a result, the ‘63’-badging was conceived in homage to the 6.3 300 SEL of 1968-1972. 

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★★★☆ (8.9/10)

It’s been a long time coming, but the BMW M3 (and, by extension, the M4) has finally been deposed – and the usurper is the Mercedes-AMG C 63. The C 63 isn’t just class champion by default, the ‘best of the rest’ in the absence of a properly rounded M3/M4; it’s actually just an utterly superb supersaloon, with a phenomenally well-judged chassis, an absolutely epic soundtrack, and yet all the civility and quality you’d expect of a ‘practical’ performance vehicle. Cheap the Mercedes is not, yet this could very well be the finest all-round sports car on sale right now – it really is that good.

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