Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe road test review
ANOTHER star is born. Stunning good looks and a cashmere-lined sledgehammer powertrain will tug at the luxury car buyer’s heart strings.
Mercedes has welcomed the AMG C63 S Coupe into showrooms… yet another alluring and sexy derivative from the marque which managed to keep serving up more winners than Novak Jocavich.
This is no basic two-door. For your $162,400, it comes with a twin turbo V8 engine that can slingshot you from standstill to 100km in less than four seconds.
Boasting a button for to make the exhaust tune louder, sublime interior materials and even a useful boot, this could be the most complete coupe on the market.
Curved surfaces across the dash are sublime, along with the finishes.
Being an AMG it gains the kit you would expect over the “basic” Mercedes C-Class coupe, including the grippy leather and microfibre flat-bottom steering wheel, figure-hugging sports seats, illuminated door sills and special performance-focussed instrument cluster.
Finding faults is difficult. Some question the permanent dash positioning of the iPad-like colour screen but we always have the monitor operational even in vehicles where they fold away.
Master the button positioning and you quickly find your way through the operations, whether toggling through trip and various settings in the driver’s binnacle or the central system for the stereo, vehicle set-up or sat nav.
Being a sports car, you do sit low, ensconced in the seats, and while an adult can fit in the rear the space is confined.
Those taller than 165cm will find their hair brushing the roofline and the rear seatbacks are reasonably upright.
Cabin serenity and ride quality is good, only upset by coarse chip bitumen with some tyre rumble from the low-profile rubber.
On the road
Love at first flight, as you take off with a burble and tone which has Barry White taking notes.
Despite being heavier than its sedan brethren, the same biturbo V8 enables the two-door derivative to reach 100kmh in 3.9 seconds (that’s 0.1 seconds quicker).
While we enjoyed the sedan, the coupe feels different and more brutal – like it wants to send you careering into a bush, which is brilliant. Increased track (distance between the wheels) by 64mm at the front and 66mm at the rear over a standard coupe, the fatter, stickier tyres, combine to provide a true performance experience.
With several drive modes at the driver’s disposal, “comfort” keeps things relatively composed and respectful, but things get progressively gamer as you step up through “sport”, “sport+” and “race”. It’s a bit like a footy trip.
Jump on the throttle and you can get tyre squeal right up into fourth, and premature eagerness to exploit the 375 kilowatts will see the back end step out. Passive safety gear steps in to ensure things don’t get out of hand, but the wiggle and shimmy reminds you of the potency within.
Direct and well-weighted steering combined with a slick-shifting automatic enable you to carry serious speed into the bends, and you can attack the bendy stuff with full confidence it’ll stick to the task.
It’s a wonderful weapon which would inspire regular track time to make the most of its ability.
What do you get?
Without any personalisation, you get five-spoke 19-inch alloys, Nappa leather trim, panoramic sunroof, performance seats (front heated) and steering wheel, black ash wood and aluminium trim, 21.3cm colour display with high definition sat nav, 590-watt Burmester sound system with 13 speakers, digital TV tuner, head-up display, special air filtering and fragrance system performance exhaust and metallic paint.
You can get a few options, and especially alluring is the $10,900 Edition1 pack which comes with slick aerodynamic equipment, ceramic front brakes, interior carbon fibre trim and yellow AMG decals.
Shock horror, you can actually fit four people into this coupe as well as luggage.
Beneath that shapely rear an area capable of carrying couple of large suitcases and then some, while the folding rear seatbacks which drop at the pull of two boot levers even enable the cartage of flat-pack furniture and longer items.
There are dual cup holders front and back, along with easy access to USB and auxiliary ports in the front.
Good behaviour will be rewarded with fuel consumption of about nine litres for every 100km. But we’re often brutal on the right pedal, so that figure accompany acceleration shenanigans.
Given its ability to haul and the rear end’s willingness to chirp, we’d suspect tyre replacement would be a regular occurrence.
Boasting “powerdomes” in the bonnet, massive front air inlets, a subtle rear spoiler and the hunkered stance, sexy stares resonate from the coupe. Our primary qualm with the sedan was the rear end styling – this fixes that.
The sleek skin matches the ability. It’s a wolf in wolf’s clothing.
Regularly sanitised, the modern day performance car is fun yet often falls short of possessing the personality which both scares and delights. The C63 S Coupe has these qualities.
While it has all those attributes which keep you safe, it doesn’t feel intrusive. And it can be a handful if you get ahead of yourself – that’s brilliant.
Model: Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe.
Details: Two-door four-seat rear-wheel drive performance coupe.
Engine: 4.0-litre biturbo V8 petrol generating maximum power of 375kW and 700Nm.
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic.
Consumption: 8.7 litres/100km (combined average).
Performance 0-100kmh: 3.9 seconds.
Bottom line plus on-roads: $162,400.