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Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG: Quick

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG

Quick Spin


What we liked


Awesome touring at higher speeds

Flexible adjustment

Not so much

Firm cushioning on longer journeys

No start

Field of vision to the didn’t suit reviewer

has an upgraded C 63 AMG ready for launch in next month. And a sneak peek of the revised via a drive through southern in the days leading up to September’s motor show.

The facelifted C 63 continues to be powered by the 6.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8, hand-built in the AMG at Affalterbach and there has been no to the output from the lusty V8. On the engine howls like a big cat and has a note that was lacking in the 5.5-litre engine of the CLS 63 AMG accompanying us on drive.

We’re told by that the current generation of platform simply cannot with the prodigious torque of the new engine. Thus the 63 stays the ‘old banger’. Though is hardly a sacrifice.

Thus the element of the latest upgrade a new the same AMG Speedshift MCT automatic in the 63-engined CLS, E and SL. The transmission is a unit, but the torque converter of the C 63’s box has been dropped in of a wet-plate clutch. It works well, affording the easy of any other self-shifter, but with additional efficiency. There’s a feeling of mechanical lock-up in any especially if the driver selects the Sport+ or Manual modes.

The vehicle tested was fitted the Performance Pack, which with ridiculously low profile front, 255/30 rear) straps on black, multi-spoke alloys. It’s a wheel and combination that means yet the car rides really well at speeds — on Germany’s at least. At lower speeds and town the car’s ride a little compromised.

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There was less opportunity to see the C 63 was made of than we would Between the autobahns and the traffic on the way into Stuttgart, there wasn’t much to record the car’s cornering ability. has tweaked the suspension for improved but with the different wheel and combination fitted that apparent in all circumstances, as mentioned

The company has also dialled in negative camber all round, should enhance roadholding, We can vouch the C 63 is very stable at speeds and we saw 230km/h on one autobahn.

journalists driving the car the day before in winding the car out to a speed well the ‘posted’ 250km/h electronic We’re told by Benz for cars equipped with the pack, the electronic speed doesn’t apply. For extra you can ask Benz not to limit the car’s even without specifying the pack option.

Wind noise is more at the sort of high speeds on the autobahns, but below that the drivetrain that will be most. It’s full of and you can’t help but love the V8

Inside the C 63 is equipped with bolstered seats, but you can adjust with a toggle switch at the — for those of wider girth. are also other toggle to adjust the lumbar support in two Over the course of longer these facilities are a boon to comfort and reducing fatigue, it must be said, there’s not give in the cushion of the seat

Shift paddles will a fairly fast response to demands for a downshift, and there’s a shift facility available the gear lever as well.

was no keyless start in the European-spec C 63 came as a surprise. The C 63 driven with a reversing camera, is a useful feature, given as the driver was backing the C 63 a vehicle was missed completely in the mirrors and the head looking over the but was picked up by the camera.

On the subject of reversing is probably one of the few occasions the will ever need to use the or the camera in this car!

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Published. 30 September 2011

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