Take A Long, Hard Look At The Updated Mercedes-AMG C63

A few months back, Mercedes-AMG revealed revised versions of its C63 models at the New York Auto Show. Now it’s released a whole slew of photos of the refreshed muscle sedan and its stablemates.

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.

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  • Vottek Mäxle

    These fake tailpipes are a disgrace for AMG.

    • PK

      i can still see the pipes so i don’t understand.

    • Kash

      These are tips and tips aren’t fake tailpipes. Fake tail pipes are like the Q5, where the tip you see goes nowhere, closed off at some point and the real exhaust is pointed down, under the car where it can’t be seen unless you crawl under the car. All you have to do is actually look inside the tip and you can see the real exhaust with these. The exhaust fumes actually come out of these tips unlike the Q5’s.

    • KSegg

      The exhaust is an odd thing. They’re “disconnected”, aka you got cheapo pipes hidden behind the chrome hexagonal ports. And you’re right, they’re not true quads. They’re actually dual pipes but set up with quad tips.

  • Mill0048

    What a well designed range of cars. I’d take any but the convertible in that deep metallic blue. 🙂

  • PK

    the supersport digital instrumental cluster looks badass! lovely amg yellow lines with it! <3

  • Vassilis

    That blue colour looks excellent!

  • Merc1

    That is one hell of a lineup, arguably the most complete in this segment.

    M

  • KSegg

    Made in Alabama, no thanks.

    At least the engine is still crated over from Affalterbach though.

  • enthusia

    I never liked the panamericana grill on the recent mercedes models, but here it looks great. and that blue paint is gorgeous

  • Eagle By Singer

    I’ll have the wagon with that blue metallic colour please!

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