The facelifted version of the C-Class has been launched, and immediately our attention was drawn to the big boy of the range: AMG’s new C63 S.
The changes are focused more on the aesthetic side of things, as well as introducing new tech features, leaving the oily bits mostly unchanged.
The thunderous twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 still produces 503hp and 516lb-ft of torque in the S model, but is now paired to a new nine-speed automatic with a wet clutch instead of the previous model’s seven-speed, torque-converter automatic transmission.
The torque-vectoring ‘eDiff’ that was previously exclusive to the C63 S is now standard fit to the ‘base’ C63 models, too, while AMG has given its hulked-out C-Class a nine-stage traction control system similar to that found in the fire-breathing AMG GT-R.
Mercedes-AMG reckons it’ll do the classic 0-62mph (100km/h) in as little as 3.9 seconds, while top speed for both the Saloon and Coupe is set at 180mph (290km/h).
The interior has been updated with new trim options, a new steering wheel with galvanized shift paddles and special display buttons, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with three AMG-specific display styles and a new 10.25-inch high-definition infotainment system.
Given that no other rival offers a V8 engine, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S continues its career as the hot-rod of the segment. It may not be the sharpest tool of its class, but the mighty AMG is still unbeatable for pure fun. Autocar and Carwow deliver their first driving impressions on the video playlist linked below.