Even though its introduction technically ends the era of massive, naturally aspirated engines at Mercedes-AMG, the new C63 should come with plenty of goodies for the old-school petrolheads. Number one on the list is obviously the torque, which on the C63 S is even higher than on the Mercedes-AMG GT S, despite the two models sharing a similar engine. Number two is probably the lack of all-wheel-drive, with Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers being adamant that the AMG C-Class should remain the oversteering lunatic among the other carmaker’s models.

The boys at XCAR had the chance to drive the C63 S at the car’s international press launch, and the subsequent video largely discusses the differences from the previous C63 AMG. But don’t expect much fast driving. Half the footage is a lesson on how turbochargers work and how their use in cars evolved.

The new car is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 that delivers 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, paired with a seven-speed, multi-clutch automatic transmission. This translates into a 0-62 mph time of 4.1 seconds for the C63 and 4.0 for the S. Last, but not least, the new C63 and C63 S can be equipped with a performance exhaust system that harks back in tonality to the previous generation, even though the old model was fitted with a 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 that sounded like a wild animal. Overall, it seems that XCAR’s opinion on the C63 S is in line with Chris Harris’ take on it.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 High Resolution Exterior
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