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Mercedes Benz C CLASS AMG ESTATE C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic

Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
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Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz C CLASS C63 5Dr 9G-Tronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG28.30
  • 0-62mph4.2 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02228 g/km
  • BHP476
  • Torque479 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 gets smarter looks, a new 9-speed auto gearbox, even sharper handling and a smarter cabin. But its key selling point hasn't changed: a throaty 4.0-litre V8 that still wields a big stick. Select from 476hp C 63 or 510hp C 63 S states of tune, with in each case a choice of saloon, estate, coupe or cabriolet body styles - and enjoy responsibly.

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The Mercedes-AMG C 63 gets smarter looks, a digital interor and a new gearbox. Jonathan Crouch presides over the changes made to an old favourite.

Background

So - what have we here? A Mercedes C-Class? To some extent, yes. But a very angry one. We're talking twin-turbo V8, tyre-smoking excess and a top speed of potentially up to 180mph. This is the car that sits at the heart of the Mercedes-AMG tuning division's model line-up, an improved version of the fearsomely fast second generation C 63. For driving enthusiasts, a car like this often lies at the end of a long progression of power. Perhaps for you, it started with something like a fast Fiesta. Then, as times got better, you graduated into something a bit nicer - say a Golf GTI - and from there, onwards to even greater hot hatch sophistication - maybe an Audi RS3. Whatever the cars in question, all may have bought you to this point, the pinnacle of the practical performance car tree. A time in your life when somehow, it all seems quite sensible to be driving something not much larger than a Focus that has a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 with up to and around 500hp shoe-horned in up-front. Something like this C 63. This MK2 model, first launched in 2015, still bears that badge, even though the old normally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 its predecessor had has been substantially down-sized, with those twin turbos added as customer compensation. This car's most unique selling point hasn't been lost though, specifically the cachet of sharing its engine with a proper supercar. With the first generation C 63, the V8 in question was lifted from the exotic SLS: here, the potent powerplant is borrowed from the almost equally desirable Mercedes-AMG GT.

Driving Experience

We're now well familiar with the Mercedes 4.0-litre V8 twin turbo engine. So familiar in fact that it seems a long time ago that so much fuss was made when it replaced the thirsty old 6.2-litre unit. What we didn't get when the 4.0-litre powerplant was first installed into the C 63 was an appropriately modern auto gearbox to go with it, early versions of this second generation model equipped with a 7-speed auto from the original 2015 launch. So Mercedes has now put that right, mating this V8 with a 9-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission that according to the brand, delivers an even more agile gearshift response. As before, the engine comes in two states of tune, the standard C 63 offering 476hp and 650Nm of torque and the uprated C 63 S delivering 510hp and 700Nm of pulling power. As ever in any C 63 variant, the performance is startling, the rest to 62mph sprint demolished in just 4.1s in the C 63 (or 4.0s dead in the C 63 S). The top speed is limited to 155mph in the C 63 - or 180mph in the C 63 S. As before, buyers aren't offered the 4MATIC 4WD sytem you get in the lesser V6 C 43 model, so it's rear wheel drive only; which can lead to a few tense moments when cornering in the wet. As always, the typical V8 engine sound remains a key element of the AMG driving experience. The C 63 comes as standard with an AMG exhaust system with a variable flap. The more powerful C 63 S comes with dynamic engine mounts. These resolve the conflicting aims of comfort and dynamic performance by reducing vibrations in the engine/transmission unit.

Design and Build

The C 63 saloon, estate, coupe and cabriolet models have always majored on understated muscularity and in their latest guises, things are no different. Subtle aesthetic changes underscore this revised MK2 model C 63's visual identity. The AMG-specific radiator trim sports vertical louvres in high-gloss chrome and a re-styled front apron features a sleeker 'A-wing' design. In profile, there are sporty side skirts plus aerodynamically optimised AMG light-alloy wheels, while at the rear, the twin tailpipes sit in a more expressive diffuser. Inside, the main change is the addition of a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster in front of the driver which brings the vehicle functions directly to life with the three AMG-specific display styles - 'Classic', 'Sport' or 'Supersport'. The buttons for the AMG Ride Control, the optional active AMG performance exhaust system and the three-stage gearbox modes are grouped around the standard Touchpad controller, above which is an AMG badge and surprisingly non-tacky IWC-branded analogue clock. Most owners will want to specify the optional AMG Performance seats, which provide optimum lateral support when adopting a dynamic driving style thanks to the special design of the seat side bolsters of the seat cushion and backrest. As an option, the seat side bolsters can be perfectly adjusted to the body contours by means of built-in air cushions.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £66,500 for the C 63 saloon, with the estate version offered at a premium of £1,200 over its four-door stablemate. The Coupe version costs around £2,300 more than the saloon. Work around a £73,000 budget if you want the cabriolet. Whatever your body style choice, there's a premium of nearly £9,000 to pay if you want one of the C 63 S models. You probably don't need us to break the news that this is quite serious money but it's about the same amount as you'd pay for a rival Audi RS4 Avant - or a BMW M3 saloon with the 'Competition Package' fitted. You're also getting more power with the C 63 too remember and you certainly get a beautifully finished vehicle with plenty of equipment on board. The C 63 features Nappa leather for the seats and the steering wheel, the COMAND infotainment system and a memory package for the seats, plus 18-inch multi spoke wheels. The S version isn't just about more horses and a trick diff either. Customers who sign up to the senior C also get 19-inch alloys and a 'Race' function in the COMAND set-up to allow the driver to alter the gearbox, engine and damping modes according to their preference. A set of AMG Performance Seats are teamed with grey belts. Should you want to go further, you could also specify a powerful Burmester surround sound system or, for those wanting a soundtrack straight from Affalterbach, the option of a variable AMG exhaust. There's also the incredible LED Intelligent Light System to consider. The optional AMG Aerodynamics package for the C 63 Coupe provides an even sportier look: the more expressive front splitter, spoiler lip with integral Gurney flap, broader side skirt inserts, flics in the rear bumper and more expressive diffuser insert are finished in high-gloss black.

Cost of Ownership

This isn't the point where we tell you how reasonable a 500hp Mercedes is to run. Should you exercise your right boot liberally, running costs will still rank as ruinous to 99% of UK wage earners, but exercise a little more restraint and the efficiency gains of this 4.0-litre engine can be brought to bear. Mercedes-AMG quote a combined fuel economy figure of 34.5mpg for the saloon and 33.6mpg for the estate, regardless of whether you choose the standard power output or the uprated S model. These economy figures equate to 227g/km of carbon dioxide emissions for saloon and 228g/km for the estate. Those numbers really aren't that bad. Well, they aren't bad in comparison to other 500hp vehicles. If you're old enough to remember the days when a car that could get better than 30mpg was deemed economical, they're quite remarkable. Residual values ought to hold up well on the back of them and the fact that this is no facelift of an ageing model. Insurance is likely to require a bit of specialist help from a diligent broker.

Summary

So how to sum up this improved C 63? On one hand, you've the endearing appeal of an old-school musclecar. On the other, there's all the polish needed to face down the very best and most potent super-saloons, the most extreme estates and the most crushingly powerful coupes and convertibles that a five figure sum will buy you. Rivals that the AMG engineers have finally learned to take on head to head. And they've done that while still keeping this car the angry, tortured thing it always was. As one writer observed, a C 63 booked into a course of automotive anger management sessions would go to just one, stay for five minutes, throw a chair through the window and storm out. We like that. To really click with this car, you'll need something in your personality that somehow gets that level of aggression and yearns to tame it. Otherwise the high price, the coarse ride and the trembling resentment that constantly berates you from beneath the bonnet may begin to make you wonder whether an M3, a GS F or an RS4 might not be a better choice instead. A better choice though, isn't necessarily a more satisfying one. 'The Best or Nothing' was always the Mercedes standard: it's been matched and exceeded here.

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Exterior Features
Black door mirrors
Solid paint
Twin sports exhaust
Adaptive brake lights
Aerial in rear window
AMG bonnet with powerdomes
AMG door sills
AMG performance exhaust system
AMG radiator grille in high gloss chrome with twin louvre
AMG rear apron with 4 diffuser fins
AMG side sill with silver chrome inserts
Body colour AMG front apron with A-wingcolour
Body coloured bumpers
Chrome roof rails
Electric windows one touch open/close
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Green tinted glass
Heated windscreen washers
LED daytime running lights
LED Indicators
LED tail lights
LED third brake light
Multi beam LED headlights
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Rear wiper
Side windows surround in polished aluminium
V8 BITURBO lettering on front wings
Interior Features
AMG Nappa leather upholstery
Sports seats
2 cupholders in front centre console
3 spoke AMG Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather
40/20/40 split folding rear seats
AMG floormats
Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Dual zone automatic climate control
Electric front seat height adjustment
Front and rear head restraints
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Gearshift paddles
Heated front seats
Illuminated glovebox
Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
Load compartment cover
Multifunction steering wheel
Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
Sports pedals with stainless steel surfaces and rubber studs
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Trim
Grey oak open pore trim with analogue clock
Artico upholstered dashboard with contrast stitching
Wheels
18" AMG 10 spoke light alloy wheels painted in tantalite grey with high sheen finish
Tyre inflation kit
Driver Convenience
12.3" digital instrument cluster display
Active park assist with parktronic system
AMG Dynamic drive mode selector
Attention assist
Bluetooth system
Collision prevention assist plus
Comand Online HDD Nav with media interface,radio/CD/DVD/MP3, 10.25 screen, linguatronic voice control
Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter
Multi function trip computer
Outside temperature gauge
Power opening/closing tailgate
Remote boot release
Reversing camera
Service indicator (ASSYST PLUS)
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
Speed sensitive steering
Wireless charging
Entertainment
2 USB ports in centre console
DAB Digital radio
Mid-range sound system with 7 speakers and 225W amplifier
SD card slot
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Packs
Lighting pack - C class
Memory pack with Electric adjustable steering wheel - C Class
Mirror pack - C Class
Storage pack - C Class
Safety
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
ABS with Brake Assist
Active bonnet
Adaptive brake system
AMG high performance braking system
Black seat belts
Child proof door locks
Crash sensor
Drivers knee airbag
Drivers pelvis airbag
Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Electronic parking brake
ESP with ASR
Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
Front side airbags
Hill start assist
Rear seatbelt warning indicator
Silver brake calipers with AMG lettering
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Window airbags
Security
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Chrome surround electric key
Remote central locking
Technical
AMG rear axle limited slip differential lock
AMG Ride Control sports suspension
Petrol Particulate Filter
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 228
Noise Level dB(A) 74
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 3982
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Cylinder Layout V8
Cylinders 8
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 83
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 92
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TWIN TURBO
Gears 9 SPEED
Number of Valves 32
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 28.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 35.8
EC Urban (mpg) 20.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 11.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 11.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 11.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 18.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 11.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb 25.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 25
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 25.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 29.7
WLTP - MPG - High 29.7
WLTP - MPG - Low 15
WLTP - MPG - Medium 24.8
General
Badge Engine CC 4.0
Badge Power 476
Coin Series AMG
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 46E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 92
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 84
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Mileage 12500
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 4.2
Engine Power - BHP 476
Engine Power - KW 350
Engine Power - RPM 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 479
Engine Torque - MKG 66.3
Engine Torque - NM 650
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 265/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 10 SPOKE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1441
Length 4771
Wheelbase 2840
Width 1839
Width (including mirrors) 2020
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 66
Gross Vehicle Weight 2240
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1480
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 460
Max. Loading Weight 500
Max. Roof Load 75
Minimum Kerbweight 1740
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.8

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48 months 10,000 miles p/a £925.99 p/m £85.99 p/m
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48 months 20,000 miles p/a £1008.99 p/m £165.99 p/m
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48 months 30,000 miles p/a £1065.99 p/m £247.99 p/m
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Head up Display £825.00
Exterior Features
Designo metallic paintwork £895.00
Designo paint finish £1,795.00
Manually folding towbar £750.00
Metallic paint £685.00
Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen) £385.00
Interior Features
AMG performance seats £1,405.00
Artico man-made leather/Dinamica upholstery FOC
Leather upholstery £795.00
Packs
AMG exterior carbon fibre pack 1 - C Class £3,370.00
AMG exterior carbon fibre pack 2 - C43/C63 AMG £1,260.00
AMG night package - C Class £585.00
Paintwork
Designo magno - Iridium silver £1,795.00
Designo magno - Selenite grey £1,795.00
Designo metallic - Diamond white £895.00
Metallic - Brilliant blue £685.00
Metallic - Iridium silver £685.00
Metallic - Mojave silver £685.00
Metallic - Obsidian black £685.00
Metallic - Selenite Grey £685.00
Solid - Polar white FOC
Trim
AMG Nappa leather - Black FOC
AMG Nappa leather - Platinum white/Black FOC
AMG Nappa leather - Red pepper/Black FOC
Artico man-made leather dashboard and beltlines with black nappa look £720.00
Artico man-made leather/Dinamica - Black with red stitching FOC
Carbon fibre trim with analogue clock £700.00
Glass fibre interior trim with analogue clock £700.00
Leather - Black £795.00
Leather - Cranberry red £795.00
Leather - Saddle brown £795.00
Open pore black ash wood trim £195.00
Wheels
19" AMG forged cross spoke alloy wheels painted in matt black £2,500.00
19" AMG forged cross spoke alloy wheels painted in Titanium grey with high sheen finish £2,250.00
* option prices shown are estimated