The first change you’re likely to notice on the latest C63 is the grille – AMG’s signature “Panamericana” snout, filled with vertical slats to further set it apart from standard Benzes. But that’s just the start of the revisions to Affalterbach’s compact passenger-car line. The updated sedan, wagon, coupe, and convertible also benefit from an updated aero kit, interior, chassis electronics, transmission, and more.
The engine carries over essentially unchanged, and that’s no bad thing… especially considering it’s one of the last in its class to retain all eight cylinders – an increasing rarity in this age of engine downsizing. As before, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 (derived from the one in the AMG GT) offers 476 horsepower (350 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque in standard guise, or 510 hp (375 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque in S spec (which also comes with dynamic engine mounts).
Either way, it’s all channeled to the rear wheels (4Matic AWD remains the realm of the lower-level C43) through a nine-speed automatic transmission (instead of the previous seven-speed unit), with a wet start-off clutch instead of a conventional torque converter. 0-62 mph (100 km/h) times hover around four seconds – from 3.9 for the S coupe to 4.2 for the base wagon or cabrio – with top speeds rated between 250 and 290 km/h (155-180 mph) depending on the model.
The AMG Dynamic Select system allows the driver to switch between multiple drive programs, ranging from Slippery and Comfort to Sport and Sport+, with a programmable Individual setting, and (on the C63 S) a Race mode. The system integrates both the stability control and torque-vectoring functions and features three or four more modes to choose between. The traction control can be set at nine different levels, and the adaptive dampers in another three – allowing for a potentially bewildering array of settings.
There’s a new track telematics package available as well, the exhaust system has been retuned for even better sound, the steering rack features a constant ratio but varies it assist with the vehicle’s speed, and the interior benefits from a new steering wheel, updated trim, optional digital instruments, and new available seats. It all adds up to an even more compelling package, and you can check it out in the hundred-plus images in the gallery below.