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If you’re looking for classy entry-level luxury with a three-pointed star on the nose, look no further than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Initially making the scene in 2007, the C-Class got its first AMG model variant in 2008. These days, the C-Class is the brand’s top-selling nameplate, with the AMG versions bolstering sales numbers as a more accessible gateway to the high-performance Mercedes lifestyle. Like a sports car draped in a luxury suit, the AMG C 63 brings the heat without breaking a sweat, and now, there’s an updated version headed to dealers offering tweaked exterior style, the latest cabin tech, and a little extra under the hood.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Exterior

  • Slightly revised exterior styling
  • Multiple body styles on offer
  • Glossy black trim throughout
  • Lightweight alloy wheels
  • Optional AMG aero package
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New for the 2019 model year is a fresh round of aesthetics updates, all of which bring the C 63 in line with the brand’s latest styling language and AMG-inspired performance cues

Buyers can get the AMG C 63 in a variety of different body styles, including a four-door sedan and a cabriolet model, as well as the two-door coupe model featured here.

New for the 2019 model year is a fresh round of aesthetics updates, all of which bring the C 63 in line with the brand’s latest styling language and AMG-inspired performance cues. Up front, the nose is decked out with a row of vertical polished slats across the grille and central intake, below which we find a lower bumper with an “A-wing” design, something that’s meant to emphasize the visual width of the vehicle. The lower intakes get dark-colored surrounds and additional black divider fins.

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The corners are stuffed by aero-optimized AMG wheels, which come with a lightweight alloy construction and spoke geometry designed in the wind tunnel.

Moving to the the profile, the C 63 gets new side skirts, which just out from the body with reinforced performance intentions. The corners are stuffed by aero-optimized AMG wheels, which come with a lightweight alloy construction and utilize an aero ring and spoke geometry designed in the wind tunnel. In order to more cleanly slice through the air, the design helps to direct the atmosphere around the wheels, thus making the whole thing more aero efficient overall.

Finally, in the rear, we find the exhaust finishers, which use a quad-tip layout and squared edges, all of which is finished in a glossy black look. There’s also a bigger diffuser element, while S models get a “diffuser board” to peacock around just a little bit more. Additional lateral air curtains were added to the rear bumper to improve the overall airflow, while a spoiler lip is mounted on the edge of the trunk.

“The developers aimed for the optimal combination of aerodynamics, weight and brake cooling, for maximum performance and optimum efficiency,” says Mercedes.

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In the rear, we find the exhaust finishers, which use a quad-tip layout and squared edges, all of which is finished in a glossy black look

If you’re looking to get just a little bit more visual pop, go for the optional AMG Aerodynamics package, which adds in a new front splitter, a new spoiler lip (which includes an integral Gurney flap, by the way), broader side skirts inserts, new rear bumper flics, and a more aggressive diffuser element, all of which are finished in high-gloss black.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Interior

  • Similar layout as in previous years
  • Multiple options for materials
  • Multiple colors and customization options
  • Optional AMG seating
  • New steering wheel touch controls
  • Tons of infotainment bits
  • Optional digital cockpit
  • Optional AMG Track Pace for race-ready performance
  • 10.25-inch main display
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The standard spec includes black seat upholstery with MB-Tex (leatherette) and Dinamica microfiber.

Open either of the two doors, and you’ll be greeted by a refreshed interior spec offering additional customization options, plus new trim and equipment. The layout isn’t terribly different from what we’ve seen in the past, with the lines composed of gentle curves and graceful arcs. Meanwhile, there are broad surfaces and solid shapes employed across the dash and central stack. Rounded air vents are spread across the top line of the dash, while the materials used are all quite high-end.

Speaking of materials used, the standard spec includes black seat upholstery with MB-Tex (leatherette) and Dinamica microfiber, while the dash and other bits include Natural Grain Black Ash Wood and brushed aluminum.

New options include Natural-Grain Walnut Wood and something called Naturan Grain Grey Oak Wood. There’s also the more traditional AMG trim option - that is, carbon fiber and aluminum, as well as AMG trim in silver fiberglass and aluminum.

Upholstery options include the traditional Nappa leather, which is offered in a variety of color schemes, such as Black, Black with Grey accents, Red Pepper and Black, Platinum White with Pearl and Black, or the optional Magma Grey and Black with yellow contrast stitching.

Passengers up front are held firmly in place thanks to the optional AMG Performance seating, which adds extra lateral support and integrated head restraints to the package. The seats also get a further optional heating function and leather upholstery.

Driver’s get to grips with a newly updated AMG steering wheel, which arrives as standard across the range. This piece offers large hand bolsters and a contoured rim, and gets covered in Nappa leather. The flat bottom leaves no question over its role as a performance-oriented driving tool.

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Driver’s get to grips with a newly updated AMG steering wheel, which arrives as standard across the range.

Behind the wheel are shifter paddles made from a galvanized metal material. As an available option on the C 63 (and as standard equipment on the S model), the steering wheel is covered in a combination of Nappa leather and Dinamica microfiber. Further options include black piano lacquer trim, a full Dinamica material wrap, and a combination of Dinamica and high-gloss carbon fiber.

Those built-in touch buttons you see on the steering wheel are new for the 2019 model year and are used to control the various infotainment features and display options for the digital readout behind the steering wheel, as well as in the center stack. User inputs can be made with a swiping motion, much like you’d use on a smartphone or a tablet.

Further options include a supplementary AMG Drive unit, which is used to provide additional feature control thanks to a round controller that’s integrated just below the right-spoke of the steering wheel. There’s also another set of display buttons beneath the left spoke.

The touchpad and controller are used for the various infotainment inputs, while voice recognition can be used to keep your attention facing forward.

Display information includes a slew of vital parameters, such as engine and transmission oil temperatures, boost pressure, drive system status, suspensions settings, the AMG Dynamics settings, the exhaust system settings, the ESP settings, and the transmission settings. The two configurable display buttons help you choose what to see in the various screens.

If you’re looking for the latest high-tech gadgets, the C 63 is offered with an optional fully digital cockpit display with multiple AMG display modes, Measuring in at 12.3 inches in the diagonal, the display can be viewed in either “Classic,” “Progressive,” or “Sport” mode, each of which tailors the information to best suit the situation at hand.

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For those seeking more of a performance angle from their AMG, there’s the optional Track Pace package, which acts like a digital racing engineer.

For those seeking more of a performance angle from their AMG, there’s the optional Track Pace package, which tosses in stuff like racetrack maps, sector times, and lap times. Grab the optional heads-up display, and the AMG Track Pace will project stuff like race track graphics, bends, braking points, delta speed, and absolute times onto the windshield, almost giving it a “gamified” appearance.

Further data includes specs on the engine (think stuff like peak torque output) as well as a G-Force meter projected in a coordinate system display, the latter of which can save the maximum recorded values to prove just how hard you can stick. Also, the race timer uses a color-coded layout for quick and easy reference on your fastest and slowest times posted, as well as average speed and distance.

Mercedes says the data logger for the AMG Track Pace package acts as a “virtual race engineer,” taking down all the right data to improve your performance on the track so you can later analyze and improve. Offered as an available option on the C 63 and standard on the S model, the package records stuff like your 0-to-60 mph time, quarter mile time, 60-to-0 mph braking times, and more. The system can even determine the track configuration you’re racing on using GPS data, while the rest of it taps into the throttle position, an onboard gyroscope, steering angle, wheel speeds, and more to record what it needs.

As you might expect, the AMG stores tracks like Spa and the Nurburgring, but if you happen to be at a more obscure local venue, it can also record a completely new track as well. Both a 3D and 2D display is utilized, which feeds the onboard multimedia display in the central stack.

Of course, the screen can be configured to display more everyday info as well, such as the current road speed and currently selected gear. Further features include animated readouts for the driving assist systems, vehicle systems, and communications systems.

The media display measures in at 10.25 inches and offers a resolution of 1,920 by 720 pixels as standard with the Comand infotainment system.

Finally, there’s Active Distance Assist Distronic adaptive cruise control for extra onboard safety.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Drivetrain

  • AMG-tuned twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8
  • Two states of tune: 469 hp and 503 hp
  • 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds
  • Variable exhaust flap technology
  • Multiple driving modes
  • Tunable driving assists
  • Standard electronic rear LSD
  • Standard dynamic engine mounts
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Manual mode won’t automatically upshift
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Mounted behind that three-pointed star in the grille is a handcrafted AMG-tuned 4.0-liter V-8, which gets stuffed by a pair of turbochargers to produce an impressive amount of go.

Mounted behind that three-pointed star in the grille is a handcrafted AMG-tuned 4.0-liter V-8, which gets stuffed by a pair of turbochargers to produce an impressive amount of go. Buyers can get theirs in one of two levels of tune, including 469 horsepower in the base model C 63, and 503 horsepower in the S model. Compared to the outgoing model, those numbers are identical.

The same goes for the acceleration, with the C 63 managing a run to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and the S model doing the same in 3.8 seconds.

Considering the twin-turbo V8 uses a similar configuration as the highly potent Mercedes-AMG GT, it’s not all that surprising that this “entry-level” model is so quick. The powertrain was created under the “one man - one engine” principle, which basically means a single technician is responsible for each engine individual engine build and installation per vehicle.

A variety of standout features help the C 63 get along, for example, the two turbos are located inside the “vee” of the cylinder banks. This is also known as a “hot-vee” configuration, which makes for more compact packaging, as well as a sharper throttle response thanks to an overall reduction in spool time.

There’s also spray-guided direct fuel injection, while the cooling system was specifically designed to handle the rigors of a track day. Additional features include flow-optimized cylinder heads, variable adjustments for the intake and exhaust cams, and a variable control oil pump.

Being a Jekyll and Hyde sort of machine, the AMG C 63 uses special exhaust flap technology to offer drivers variable noise levels for the engine, which is adjusted via the selected driving program. There’s also an optional upgrade with up to three selectable notes, which is offered on both the S and non-S variants.

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Being a Jekyll and Hyde sort of machine, the AMG C 63 uses special exhaust flap technology to offer drivers variable noise levels for the engine

Speaking of driving modes, this Merc gets six of them total. These include “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport+,” “Race,” and “Individual,” as well as the newly added “Slippery,” all of which adjust various settings for the suspension, transmission, and other drive systems to better suit the situation at hand.

Further settings can be had with the AMG Dynamics system. These include “Basic,” “Advanced,” “Pro” and “Master,” and offer further refinement for the engine and suspension settings, as well as the electronic stability program.

Put it in “Master” and “Race” mode for best results, as this combo “guarantees optimal agility and makes ideal use of the new C 63’s high driving dynamics potential - for example by means of higher yaw rates and faster response of accelerator, gearshift, and electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential,” Mercedes says.

The driver can also manually select the various system settings if the standard combo of presets don’t quite fit what you’re after.

An electronically controlled limited-slip differential comes as standard for the rear axle. This piece works to reduce slip for the inside wheel during cornering, as well as offers greater grip off the line when launching.

Dynamic engine mounts come as standard on the C 63 S model, and work to reduce drivetrain vibrations when you want to cruise, or alternatively, firm up and provide extra feedback when the time comes for sportier driving.

Routing the muscle to the ground is an AMG Speedshift MCT nine-speed transmission, a first for the C 63 and a replacement for the outgoing seven-speed automatic. Standout features include a wet-start-off clutch, which is used in place of a traditional torque converter and helps to cut weight, making for “an even more agile gearshift response.” It also has a special double de-clutching function in the two Sport modes and lays down faster shifts courtesy of some revised ignition timing.

The nine-speed also offers a manual shift mode, which is indicated by a yellow “M” in the display. In this mode, the onboard systems will notify the driver when to upshift at the maximum engine rpm, something Mercedes says was “inspired by the world of Formula 1.” However, the system won’t automatically upshift for you, which is great if you’re really trying to squeeze out every last rpm on the track.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe - Drivetrain Specifications

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe
Engine Handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo Handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 Biturbo
Displacement 3,982 cc 3,982 cc
Max. output 503 hp @ 5,500 - 6,250 rpm 469 hp @ 5,500-6,250 rpm
Peak torque 516 lb-ft @ 2,500 - 5,000 rpm 479 lb-ft @ 1,750-4,500 rpm
Drive system Rear-wheel drive Rear-wheel drive
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph 3.8 s (preliminary) 3.9 s (preliminary)
Top speed TBA TBA

2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Chassis And Handling

  • Independent suspension
  • Adaptive components as standard
  • Variable speed-sensitive steering
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The suspension looks to offer the best of both comfort and sportiness. The dual personality is achieved by a combination of steel components and adaptive dampers.

In the handling department, the C 63 offers further upgraded “dynamics,” courtesy of the boffins at AMG. The basics include a four-link front axle and a multi-link independent rear, both of which get techy adaptive components as standard.

Like the variable exhaust note, the suspension looks to offer the best of both worlds, including “sporty driving dynamics and brand-typical comfort on long journeys.” This dual personality is created by the onboard AMG Ride Control system, which combines steel components and adaptive dampers. Together, they create an electronically controlled system that automatically makes the appropriate adjustments on a wheel-per-wheel basis as it reads inputs from the current driving style, road conditions, and selected suspension mode.

Drivers can choose from a variety of damper settings, each of which is labeled as “Comfort,” “Sport,” and “Sport+.”

Helping to make the turns is an AMG speed-sensitive power steering system with a variable ratio. This set-up offers more assistance at low speeds, which is great for maneuvering through a parking lot, and more feedback at higher speeds, with both a “Comfort” and “Sport” mode to choose from.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Prices

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Following its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the AMG C63 Coupe will go on sale early in 2019. Official pricing has not yet been announced, but it’ll likely remain more or less identical to that of the outgoing model, which currently starts at $67,500 for the base model C 63 Coupe and $75,500 for the C 63 S.

2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Competition


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If it’s high-end two-door German luxury and performance that you’re after, then the Bavarians have a pretty stout competitor to consider - the venerable M4. Lightened thanks to copious use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic and packing 425 horsepower thanks to a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, the M4 can stampede up to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, all while coddling passengers in superlative comfort. More serious speed seekers can opt into upgrades like the Competition Package, which adds an extra 19 horses, race-tuned adaptive suspension, and stylish 20-inch wheels. Pricing starts at $68,700.

Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M4.

Audi RS5

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As goes Mercedes and BMW, so goes Audi. Going tit for tat against AMG and the M Division is Audi’s line of RS models, which includes this two-door called the RS5. Rocking a cabin space dripping in luxury, including an optional digital cockpit display, the Audi certainly has the goods in the luxury department, and it’s got some stylish exterior bits to match. As for motivation, the Audi is powered by a turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6, which makes as much as 444 ponies and 443 pound-feet of torque at full chat, enabling a run to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds thanks to its quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro AWD grip. Pricing starts at $69,900.

Read our full review of the 2018 Audi RS5.


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Merc has to stay on its toes if it wants to stay competitive. Luckily for fans, the Affalterbach company knows this, and the latest C 63 refresh brings exactly what we’d expect.

With a history of posting solid sales numbers and a reputation for top-shelf speed and luxury, the AMG C 63 is a tough machine to beat. That said, both the Bavarian and Four-Ring competition listed above ain’t no slouch either, which means Merc has to stay on its toes if it wants to stay competitive. Luckily for Mercedes fans, the Affalterbach company knows this, and the latest C 63 refresh brings exactly what we’d expect.

“The AMG C-Class is our best-selling model series and therefore a key cornerstone of our company’s success of recent years,” explains Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers. “We have therefore increasingly expanded our C-Class offer: customers can now choose between twelve models from the C-Class family globally.”

Not too shabby, if you ask us. While it isn’t perfect, the C 63 is still an extremely potent combination of opulence, style, and speed, and that doesn’t look like it’ll change any time soon.

  • Leave it
    • Probably won’t handle as well as a true sports car
    • Plenty of competition on the table
    • Drive system customization overload


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Powerful V8 engines, thrilling driving dynamics and distinctive, motorsport-inspired equipment have turned the top-of-the-range models of the C-Class from Mercedes-AMG into best-sellers. The C 63 perfectly embodies the core of the performance and sports car brand and now offers, in the guise of the Sedan, Coupe and Cabriolet even better dynamics and a more modern interior with extended individualization options. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9-speed transmission with wet start-off clutch makes for an even more agile gearshift response. The Handcrafted AMG 4.0- liter V8 biturbo engine is available in two output variants rated at 469 hp or 503 hp for all three body styles and delivers a performance on a par with that of a sports car. Greater driving pleasure is guaranteed also by the redefined drive programs, which allow further differentiation of the road performance of the eight-cylinder engine. Visually, the looks of the new C 63 are even more visually appealing: the AMG-specific radiator trim underscores the brand identity while emphasizing the muscular appearance. The interior benefits from an optional fully digital cockpit with unmistakable AMG displays and the new generation of AMG steering wheels.

"The AMG C-Class is our best-selling model series and therefore a key cornerstone of our company’s success of recent years. We have therefore increasingly expanded our C-Class offer: customers can now choose between twelve models from the C-Class family globally. As part of the latest facelift, we have upgraded all variants of the model series even more substantially," says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. "This relates to the 43-series models and especially, of course, to the AMG C 63. The perfected driving dynamics and expressive design underscore the powerful, muscular character of the rear-wheel drive icon."

The impressive driving dynamics are based, among other things, on the elaborately retuned AMG RIDE CONTROL steel suspension with adaptive damping adjustment, electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential, which is now standard on all C 63 variants, and dynamic engine mounts, which are part of the standard equipment on all C 63 S models.

Even greater emphasis on brand identity: the exterior design

The exterior of the new C 63 underscores the brand identity of the performance models with the AMG-specific radiator trim with vertical louvers in high-gloss chrome. With a redesigned transverse fin in the outer air inlets, the front bumper in A-wing design gives an even stronger emphasis to the width of the vehicle.

When viewed from the side, eye-catching features include the sporty side skirts plus aerodynamically optimized AMG light-alloy wheels. Their specifically designed outer aero rings and spoke geometry which has been optimized in the wind tunnel help to improve air flow around the wheels and thus increase aerodynamic efficiency. The developers aimed for the optimal combination of aerodynamics, weight and brake cooling, for maximum performance and optimum efficiency.

Redesigned rear view

The rear view, too, with two remodeled twin tailpipe trim elements in high- gloss chrome, has a muscular look, which is reinforced by the new, more expressive diffuser. The S-versions are additionally provided with a diffuser board. The lateral air curtain look of the rear bumper makes for improved air flow at the rear end, as does the spoiler lip on the trunk lid, which is painted in the vehicle color.

The optional AMG Aerodynamics package for the C 63 Coupe provides an even sportier look: the more expressive front splitter, spoiler lip with integral Gurney flap, broader side skirt inserts, flics in the rear bumper and more expressive diffuser insert are finished in high-gloss black.

New trim and equipment details: the interior design

The interior reinforces the dynamic caliber of the new C 63 with numerous details. The standard specification includes the classic-sporty equipment with black seat covers in MB-Tex / DINAMICA microfiber, combined with trim in Natural Grain Black Ash Wood and Brushed Aluminum.

New options for all three body styles include trim in Naturan Grain Grey Oak Wood, Natural-Grain Walnut Wood. Additionally available are AMG trim in Carbon Fiber/Aluminum and AMG trim in Silver Fiber Glass and Aluminum.

The options for the upholstery are Nappa leather in Black, Black with Grey accents, Red Pepper/Black, Platinum White Pearl/Black and, as a new option, Magma Grey/Black with Yellow contrasting topstitching. For the C-Class Sedan and a combination from the designo range comes with diamond quilting in Saddle Brown/Black and Platinum White Pearl/Black.

Performance seats with extended features

The optional AMG Performance seats provide optimum lateral support when adopting a dynamic driving style thanks to the special design of the seat side bolsters of the seat cushion and backrest. The Performance seats additionally lend the interior a sporty, distinctive character with their integral head restraints. The seats can not only be heated, but now also climatized in three levels in conjunction with leather upholstery. For the C-Class Cabriolet, there is also standard AIRSCARF neck-level heating. The AMG Performance seats are available in all upholstery options.

Interior with innovative display concept and operating system

Whether with touchpad and Controller, Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel or via voice entry: the operating system of the C 63 is just as versatile as it is flexible. All options are aimed at enabling the control tasks to be carried out as conveniently, quickly and appropriately to the situation as possible.

Just as flexible is the display of the optional fully digital instrument cluster in front of the driver with 12.3-inch screen diagonal, which brings the vehicle functions directly to life with the three AMG-specific display styles of "Classic," "Progressive" or "Sport."

A host of additional AMG information

Via the specific AMG menu, the driver is able to call up a host of additional information to make the driving experience even sportier:

Warm-up: engine and transmission oil temperature plus charge pressure as Boost display
Setup: current status of systems such as the drive system, suspension, AMG Dynamics, exhaust system, ESP®, transmission
G-Force: display of current g-forces in a coordinate system and ability to save maximum values
Race Timer: manual stopwatch for lap times and color display of fastest and slowest laps, plus average speed and distance
If the AMG Track Pace option is ordered, instead of "Race Timer" the instrument cluster shows the "AMG Track Pace" menu, with visualizations of race tracks, sector and lap times
There is also a specific AMG Track Pace view in the optional head-up display (HUD) with circuit graphic, bends, braking points, delta speed and absolute times
Engine Data: engine torque / rated output in a bar chart plus charge pressure as Boost display

In addition there is a digital display of the speed and the currently engaged gear. Manual transmission mode is identified by a yellow "M" and a prompt to shift up when reaching maximum engine speed, a touch inspired by the world of Formula 1.

The visualizations in the central media display equally enable further vehicle functions to be experienced even better, among other things through animated presentation of the driving assistance, vehicle and communication systems. A media display measuring 10.25-inches with a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels is standard in conjunction with COMAND.

Firm grip guaranteed: the new generation of AMG steering wheels

Extremely sporty design, a grippy shape with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation are the key attributes of the new AMG steering wheel in Nappa leather, which comes as standard equipment. It has a flattened bottom section and is perforated in the grip area. The galvanized steering wheel gearshift paddles allow an even sportier driving style with manual gear shifting. On the C 63 S, the steering wheel comes as standard with a rim in Nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber (optional for C 63). The AMG steering wheel is optionally available in Nappa leather with trim in Black Piano Lacquer, DINAMICA all-round as well as DINAMICA with trim in high-gloss carbon fiber.

The built-in Touch Control Buttons are a new feature. These can be used to control the functions of the instrument cluster (left) and the multimedia system (right) by means of horizontal and vertical swiping movements of the finger. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and the cruise control are adjusted in the control panels on the left. The control panels on the right are used to activate the voice control and telephone, and to regulate the sound volume, music selection and other functions of the multimedia system.

As an option, the performance steering wheel can be equipped with AMG Drive Unit which provides extra innovative features. This option consists of a round controller with an integral display beneath the right-hand steering-wheel spoke, plus two vertically positioned color display buttons beneath the left- hand steering-wheel spoke.

The AMG drive programs can be actuated directly via the controller. The selected drive program is shown on the color LCD display directly integrated in the controller.

With the two freely configurable display buttons and the additional switches, further AMG functions can be controlled within easy reach, directly on the steering wheel. This means that the driver can concentrate fully on dynamic driving without having to take their hands off the wheel. Each function required can be depicted on the other LCD display, and its switch is tapped by the driver to set the respective function. The driver’s two preferred AMG functions can be defined in this way and the settings changed with just one tap of the finger.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9-speed transmission with shorter shift times

The C 63 now makes use for the first time of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9- speed transmission, which the Mercedes-AMG developers have tuned specifically for a dynamic driving experience. A wet start-off clutch continues to replace the torque converter. This saves weight and optimizes the response to the driver’s accelerator pedal input, particularly during acceleration and load changes.

The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in "Sport" and "Sport+" drive programs makes for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined ignition adjustments also provide faster gear shifts in the other modes. In all modes moving off occurs in first gear in order to always guarantee a dynamic driving experience.

"Manual" mode can be selected using a separate button in the center console. The gear changes are based on the selected drive program, and the driver can now change gear using the paddles on the steering wheel. Moreover, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.

Yet more differentiation in driving experiences: AMG DYNAMICS

Depending on the engine, up to six drive programs are available: "Slippery," "Comfort," "Sport," "Sport+," "RACE" and "Individual." These levels are selectable via the gearshift paddle in the center console and stored with the new drive program attribute AMG DYNAMICS, which can be adjusted to match the C 63’s handling characteristics to different demands and driving conditions in a much more differentiated way.

Behind the umbrella term AMG DYNAMICS are the agility functions "Basic," "Advanced," "Pro" and "Master," which are automatically selected by the respective drive program. Parameters relevant to driving, such as the response of the engine and suspension or the control thresholds of the completely redeveloped ESP®, are intelligently adapted according to the drive program.

The spectrum ranges from extremely safety-oriented to highly dynamic. The "Master" mode, which is included in the RACE drive program, guarantees optimal agility and makes ideal use of the new C 63’s high driving dynamics potential - for example by means of higher yaw rates and faster response of accelerator, gearshift and electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential.

Irrespective of the drive programs, as before the driver can use the display buttons in the center console to directly select manual transmission mode, their favored suspension level and also the exhaust system, for instance.

Data logger for use on the race track: AMG Track Pace

As the virtual race engineer for recording data when driving on closed-off race tracks, AMG Track Pace provides a significantly extended and even more precise scope of functions. On the C 63 S, AMG Track Pace is a standard (C 63: optional) part of the optional COMAND infotainment system.

If this function is enabled, while driving on a race track, over 80 vehicle- specific sets of data (e.g. speed, acceleration) are recorded ten times per second. On top of this there are displays of lap and sector times and also the respective difference for a reference time. Because specific display elements are shown in green or red, the driver is able to see at a glance without reading numbers whether he/she is currently faster or slower than the best time.

After putting in some fast laps, the driver can use the data to analyses and, if necessary, improve his or her driving skills. In addition, acceleration and deceleration values (e.g. 0-60 mph, ¼ mile, 60-0 mph) can be measured and saved. Thanks to a new developed algorithm which determines the vehicle position as precisely as possible, AMG Track Pace even detects when the circuit is left or shortened. Alongside GPS data, the sensors available in the vehicle (acceleration, gyroscope, steering angle, wheel speeds) are used.

The data are displayed on the multimedia display, in the instrument cluster and on the head-up display. Known race tracks, for example the Nürburgring or Spa Francorchamps, are already stored. Furthermore, it is also possible to record your own circuits. The map display can be switched from 2D to 3D and updated online.

With adaptive damping adjustment: AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension

With its adjustable, electronically controlled damping system, the AMG RIDE CONTROL steel suspension of the C 63 provides both sporty driving dynamics and brand-typical comfort on long journeys. The basis for this is formed by the 4-link front axle and multi-link independent rear suspension. The AMG-specific kinematics and elastokinematics with newly developed components result in very high camber stability when cornering at speed. The axial brake connection on the front axle supports the agile and precise handling.

The adaptive damping adjustment comes as standard. This fully automatic, electronically controlled system adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current requirements. This improves driving safety and ride comfort. The damping is adjusted individually for each wheel, and depends on the driving style, the road surface and the selected suspension setting. The ideal operating point can be selected at all times on the basis of a broad scope of information relating to acceleration or vehicle speed, for example.

Via a switch on the center console the driver can select between three different sets of damper characteristics, namely "Comfort," "Sport" and "Sport+," and thus individually influence the driving experience — from highly comfortable to sportily taut.

Rear-axle limited-slip differential: optimal traction, including on the race track

For improved traction and driving dynamics, the C 63 and C 63 S are equipped with an electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential. This reduces the slip on the inside wheel when cornering, without any control intervention in the braking system. The result is that it allows the driver to accelerate out of corners earlier thanks to the improved traction. The car remains more stable when braking from high speeds, and the limited-slip differential also improves traction when accelerating fast from a standing start. The greatest benefit of the electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential is the especially sensitive and fast control, which pushes the critical threshold higher, making it even easier to drive at the vehicle’s limits.

Direct and with clear feedback: the AMG speed-sensitive steering

The electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering has a variable ratio. It impresses with its precise, authentic feedback. The steering servo assistance is reduced at high speeds, and continuously increases at lower speeds. This means that comparatively little steering force is required at low speeds, and that the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained at high speeds. The steering servo assistance in the two modes "Comfort" and "Sport" is automatically linked with the currently selected drive program.

Unique offering in the segment with V8 biturbo engine

All three body styles are available as basic model and S-model: the proven Handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine in this case puts out 469 hp or 503 hp, while the maximum torque is 479 or 516 lb-ft. Depending on body style, the C 63 S accelerates from zero to 60 mph in as quickly as 3.8 seconds (preliminary) in the C63 S Coupe.

V8 biturbo closely related to engine in the Mercedes-AMG GT

The Handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is already used in numerous AMG Performance vehicles. A characteristic feature is that the two turbochargers are positioned not on the outside of the cylinder banks, but inside the cylinder "V." The main advantages of this design are the compact engine construction and optimal response.

The spray-guided direct petrol injection system ensures clean and efficient combustion with high thermodynamic efficiency. Fast-acting piezo injectors enable multiple injections of fuel to be delivered to the engine on demand and with the utmost precision.

The large cooling system guarantees the performance of the engine even under extreme loading - such as at track days on the race track. The same is true for the flow-optimized cylinder heads, which are made of a special heat-resistant alloy. Continuous adjustment of the intake and exhaust camshafts improves power delivery and efficiency. It delivers excellent throttle response and optimizes the charge cycle for every operating point. An oil pump with variable control also contributes to low fuel consumption.

One mechanic assembles each engine in the engine shop in Affalterbach according to the "one man - one engine" principle.

Exhaust system with flap technology for a differentiated engine sound

The typical V8 engine sound is another key element of the AMG driving experience. The C 63 comes as standard with an AMG sport exhaust system with a variable flap. This is sleeplessly map-controlled depending on the drive program, the power demanded by the driver and the engine speed. The engine sound varies accordingly between discreet/suitable for long-distance driving, and robust/emotively appealing. The AMG Performance Exhaust System with three selectable exhaust flaps is optionally available for both engine variants. This gives the driver an even wider sound range. In any case, the exhaust systems are designed in such a way that all statutory noise limits are complied with at all times, irrespective of the flap position.

C 63 S with dynamic engine mounts as standard

The C 63 S comes with dynamic engine mounts. These resolve the conflicting aims of comfort and dynamic performance by reducing vibrations in the engine/transmission unit. These dynamic mounts are instantly and variably able to adapt their rigidity to the driving conditions and style of driving. Soft engine mounts improve comfort, as they provide more effective decoupling of noise and vibration. However, handling and agility benefit from a generally stiffer mount set-up. The driver feels more connected to the vehicle when driving dynamically, as there is more feedback and the steering response is more direct. All in all the driver benefits from more precise vehicle control: minimized mass movements of the major assemblies mean less corrective action to be taken by the driver when steering into bends.

2019-model-year C 63 Coupe and Cabriolet variants will make their world auto show premieres at the 2018 New York Auto Show on Wednesday, March 28. All AMG C 63 variants will go on sale by early 2019.

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