Mercedes-AMG C 63 S and C 63 : Powerful high-end sports car

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Authentic dynamism and sheer passion: The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 is systematically configured for performance. The 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine delivers outstanding performance figures and an emotional engine sound: the new engine is closely related to the power unit that gives the Mercedes-AMG GT its breath-taking performance. The outputs range from 350 kW for the C 63 to 375 kW for the C 63 S. Thanks to its impressive driving dynamics, with lateral acceleration and grip at an extremely sporty level, the C 63 is predestined for fast laps on the racetrack. Dynamic highlights such as the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, the mechanical rear axle locking differential – which is electronically controlled on the C 63 S – or the DYNAMIC SELECT switch with AMG-specific transmission modes clearly demonstrate the uncompromising influence of countless motorsports victories by Mercedes-AMG.

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The V8 top model in the C-Class is available in two variants: the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S and Mercedes-AMG C 63. The C 63 S is configured for even more dynamic performance. With unrivalled low fuel consumption of 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined), the C 63 is the most economical eight-cylinder car in the high-performance segment and sets a new benchmark.

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The models at a glance:

 

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Mercedes-AMG C 63
Displacement 3982 cc 3982 cc
Bore x stroke 83.0 x 92.0 83.0 x 92.0
Output 375 kW
at 5500-6250 r/min
350 kW
at 5500-6250 r/min
Peak torque 700 Nm
at 1750-4500 r/min
650 Nm
at 1750-4500 r/min
Power-to-swept-volume ratio 94.2 kW 87.9 kW
Fuel consumption
NEDC combined
8.4-8.2 l/100 km 8.2 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 195-192 g/km 195 g/km
Kerb weight (according to EC) 1730 kg* 1715 kg*
Acceleration
0-100 km/h
4.0 sec 4.1  sec
Top speed 250/290 km/h** 250/290 km/h**

* in ready-to-drive condition (fuel tank 90 % full, with driver (68 kg) and luggage (7 kg); ** electronically limited, optional increase in top speed to 290 km only in combination with the AMG Driver’s Package.

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Top on fuel consumption, top on performance

 

The C 63 has an exceptional status in the competitive line-up. These new high-performance cars from Affalterbach are the only models in their segment to be powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine. The result is sporty power delivery, vast torque and – as a typical AMG trademark – a highly emotional engine sound. Thanks to superior output and torque, the driver has the benefit of unrivalled performance figures: The C 63 S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, the C 63 in 4.1 seconds. The top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited). With a power-to-weight ratio of 3.2 kg/hp (C 63 S) and 3.4 kg/hp    (C 63), the new AMG V8 top models likewise tops this segment.

 

The C 63 not only occupies the top position with respect to engine data and performance, it also sets new standards for fuel consumption: with a figure of 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined, corresponding to 195 g of CO2/km,) this high-performance automobile is outstandingly efficient and the leader in its segment. But that’s not all: the C 63 is the world’s most economical eight-cylinder high-performance car. A considerable reduction in fuel consumption has been achieved compared to the preceding model, the C 63 AMG: the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 consumes around 32 percent less fuel than its direct predecessor with the naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V8 engine – while delivering even more performance and an emotional AMG V8 engine note as a hallmark of the brand.

 

New V8 biturbo closely related to the engine of the Mercedes-AMG GT

 

This impressive jump in efficiency takes its origins from the new power unit: the M177 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, the latest member of the BlueDIRECT engine family, is closely related to the M178 sports car engine that powers the new Mercedes-AMG GT. This innovative eight-cylinder unit stands out for its sublime power delivery, the purposeful lightweight construction, as well as its high efficiency and environmental compatibility. It also meets the highest expectations with regard to noise and vibration comfort.

 

The newly developed eight-cylinder features two turbochargers which are not mounted on the outside of the cylinder banks but rather inside the V configuration – experts call it a ‘hot inside V’. The benefits are a compact engine design, optimum responsiveness and low exhaust emissions.

 

Piezo-electric direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion

 

The piezo direct petrol injection used only by Mercedes-Benz is responsible for the mixture formation. The spray-guided combustion process has been developed further in the third generation to meet all future legal requirements.  The highly efficient and economical 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine meets stringent emission standards. A sophisticated engine cooling system with an additional wheel arch water cooler and improved cooling output ensures high efficiency, thereby also increasing performance at high racetrack speeds.

 

Performance exhaust system available on request

 

Excitement, emotive appeal and character: at Mercedes-AMG the engine sound is an important objective during the development process. A sports exhaust system with special exhaust flap technology is used for the C 63 and C 63 S. Depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode, the engine note varies between subdued for long-distance tours and throaty for emotional appeal. The exhaust flap is located in the front third of the twin-pipe exhaust system, and is operated variably according to a characteristic map – dependent on the transmission mode, the driver’s power requirement and the engine speed.

 

A 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 transmission mode “Comfort” the engine note is comfortable and discreet, while in “Sport +” and “Race” the V8 sound is far more dominant, and reminiscent of a racing touring car – including very audible upshifts and pronounced throttle blips. In addition to being varied by the transmission mode, the engine sound can be individually selected in two stages at the touch of a button.

 

 

 

C 63 S with dynamic engine mounts as standard

 

As a new and unique feature in this competitive segment, the C 63 S – like the Mercedes-AMG GT – is equipped 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: minimised movement of the powertrain’s mass makes for more precise steering characteristics.

 

A tradition of hand-built excellence: “one man, one engine”

 

Powerful V8 engines have long been a key area of expertise at AMG, the performance brand within Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-AMG GmbH is entirely responsible for both their development and production. The 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine is hand-assembled in Affalterbach according to the “one man, one engine” principle. Apart from serving as a hallmark confirming superlative production quality, the AMG engine badge bearing the engine technician’s signature also attests to the peerless DNA of the sports car and high-performance brand within Mercedes-Benz.

 

 

Variable dynamics: the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission

 

The transmission plays a major part in the direct and sporty character of the new Mercedes-AMG C 63. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission impresses with its tailor-made dynamics and high variability. The MCT transmission was thoroughly revised for use in the C 63, and now responds to all gearshift commands even more directly. The double-clutching function during downshifts, which varies in intensity depending on the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode, guarantees maximum emotional appeal.

 

 

 

Whether automatic or initiated by the driver using the steering wheel shift paddles, a manual upshift or downshift is executed noticeably faster than in the preceding model. Especially in transmission modes “Sport +” and “Race” (only for C 63 S), the transmission is now much more responsive. Improvements to the hardware and software of the transmission have made this greater responsiveness possible. The aluminium shift paddles on the new Performance steering wheel are also able to transfer the driver’s manual gearshift instructions even more quickly than before. There is a further increase in perceived dynamism.

 

The great variability of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission is shown by the wide variety of transmission modes. There is a choice between “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +” and “Individual” – also “Race” exclusively for the C 63 S. The driver selects the required transmission mode using the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch. The transmission modes define the gearshift times, and therefore noticeably modify the driving characteristics.

 

“Momentary M mode” for even more individuality

 

With “momentary M mode” the driver is able to activate manual transmission mode by nudging the “up” or “down” shift paddle once, without removing a hand from the wheel. Momentary M mode is available in every automatic transmission mode.  The driver experiences the dynamism and performance obtainable from manual gearshifts, with the addition of automatic upshifts and downshifts at the r/min limits. This allows the driver to enjoy the vehicle’s impressive performance to the full.

 

Momentary M mode combines the best of two worlds: whichever transmission mode is active at the time, the combination of automatic gearshifts and manual shifts using the shift paddles offers an impressively broad scope of variability. The system deactivates momentary M mode and reverts to the mode last activated (“C”, “S” or “S+”) fully automatically, based on the current driving situation.

 

In addition, by a sustained pull on the “down” shift paddle, the driver is able to engage the currently lowest gear – which is ideal for the fastest possible overtaking manoeuvre. A sustained pull on the “up” shift paddle causes the sports transmission to revert to automatic mode.

 

 

RACE START function for the best possible acceleration from rest

 

The RACE START function provides maximum dynamism: it offers the best possible acceleration from rest, e.g. when starting in a race. The driver is able to activate it when stationary in “Sport”, “Sport +” and “Race”, by pulling both shift paddles at the same time. Transmission mode “M” and “ESP SPORT HANDLING MODE” must have been activated beforehand. Following pre-set RACE START logic, a confirmation prompt appears in the instrument cluster. The driver must now confirm the RACE START function by pulling the “up” shift paddle once, then floor the accelerator. The ideal engine speed for a fast start is set fully automatically.
The driver then releases the brakes and the C 63 accelerates with maximum power. Sensitive control by the dual clutch transmission responds to the current traction of the tyres, ensuring that wheel slip with RACE START remains within the maximum friction coefficient of the tyres. The driver does not need to shift the gears manually, as the AMG transmission changes them automatically with extremely short shift times.

 

AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with 3-stage damping adjustment

 

Outstanding agility, high cornering speeds and optimum neutrality: all made possible by the design and development of the sophisticated suspension system. The C 63 has model-specific axles with high aluminium content, performance-oriented kinematics, electronically controlled shock absorbers and AMG-specific elastokinematics. With the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, the customer is able to choose between maximum sportiness and pronounced long-distance comfort in three stages at the push of a button.

 

A four-link front suspension with radial, racing-oriented brake connections is used in the C 63. Model-specific steering knuckles, special elastokinematics and a wider track allow greater lateral acceleration. The multi-link independent rear suspension also has a higher negative camber.

 

To improve traction and vehicle dynamics the C 63 has a mechanical rear axle locking differential, the C 63 S an electronic rear axle locking differential. Both locking differentials reduce slip at the inner wheel when cornering, without braking intervention. As a result, the driver is able to accelerate out of bends at an earlier stage. The car remains more stable when braking from high speeds, and the locking differential also improves traction when moving off. The advantage of the electronic rear axle locking differential, which is standard equipment on the C 63 S, over the mechanical version is its even more sensitive and rapid response: it extends the physical limits upwards.

 

The standard-fit 3-stage ESP® with the “ESP® ON”, “ESP® SPORT HANDLING MODE” and “ESP® OFF” functions works in perfect unison with the locking differential, and is tuned optimally to the outstanding driving dynamics.

 

  • “ESP® ON” is always active when the engine is started. In “ESP® ON” the system initiates braking intervention at one or more wheels and reduces the engine torque on detecting that the operating conditions are becoming unstable.
  • “ESP® SPORT HANDLING MODE” becomes active when the driver briefly presses the ESP® button once. In this mode the oversteering or understeering intervention and engine torque control allow higher dynamic thresholds and corresponding drift angles.

 

Pressing and holding the ESP® button activates “ESP® OFF”. In this case the engine torque is no longer reduced, to ensure dynamic performance and enhance driving pleasure. “ESP® OFF” should only used by very experienced drivers on enclosed racetracks. All the functions of ESP® are restored as soon as the driver operates the brake pedal.

The electromechanical, speed-sensitive sports steering ensures precise, agile handling. The driver benefits from a direct steering ratio and optimum responsiveness. It also has variable power assistance. The power assistance is electronically adjusted to suit the current vehicle speed. It not only responds depending on the given road speed, but also according to the current lateral acceleration and the selected AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive mode.

 

The C 63 is shod with 10-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, in size 8.5 x 18 (front) and 9.5 x 18 (rear), with tyre size 245/40 R 18 (front) and 265/40 R 18 (rear) as standard. In the case of the C 63 S the tyre sizes are 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear) on 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish.

 

 

 

 

High-performance ceramic composite braking system exclusively for the C 63 S

 

Excellent deceleration and fade-resistance is ensured by the AMG high-performance braking system with internally ventilated and perforated 360‑millimetre brake discs all-round. The grey-painted brake callipers have white AMG lettering. In the C 63 S the front discs are of compound construction with a diameter of 390 millimetres, and the red brake callipers have black AMG lettering. A high-performance ceramic composite braking system at the front axle is available as an optional extra for the C 63 S for the first time. The ceramic discs have a diameter of 402 millimetres, and the striking “AMG Carbon Ceramic” lettering can be found on the specially painted brake callipers.

 

The discs of carbon-fibre reinforced ceramic material are produced in a vacuum at 1700 degrees Celsius. This advanced material and production technology makes them especially hard. The resulting resistance to extreme loads and heat extends their operating life by many times compared to grey cast-iron discs. The ceramic brake discs are more than 50 percent lighter than conventional compound brake discs. The reduction in unsprung masses enhances driving dynamics and agility.
At the same time the responsiveness of the steering and the suspension comfort are improved. A higher coefficient of friction reduces the force required at the brake pedal, allowing uniform, sensitive braking even in extreme conditions.

 

Also new and reserved exclusively for the C 63 S: the optional sports tyres in size 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear). These ensure a noticeable and measurable increase in grip, and shorter braking distances on dry surfaces – the perfect arrangement for fast laps on enclosed racetracks.

 

AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes

 

The driver is able to influence the characteristics of the C 63 with four or five different AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes. The C 63 S has the additional transmission mode “Race”. There is therefore scope for maximum individualisation. The driver selects the transmission mode using a switch to the left of the touchpad on the centre console. The driver can choose from various preconfigured transmission modes and one the driver can, to a large extent, configure personally.

 

 

 

The following AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes are available:

 

  • “Comfort”
  • “Sport”
  • “Sport +”
  • “RACE” (only for C 63 S)
  • “Individual”

 

“Comfort” mode with new sailing function

 

“Comfort” is the well-balanced transmission mode with a comfort-oriented suspension and steering setup, as well as a fuel-efficient powertrain configuration – including smooth gearshifts and a discreet engine note. The “sailing function” for a further reduction in fuel consumption is completely new: when the driver releases the accelerator in a speed range between 60 and 160 km/h, the clutch of the MCT transmission is disengaged and the engine is decoupled from the powertrain. The electronics reduce the engine speed to idle level, and the driving resistance is reduced by the compression and frictional forces of the engine in overrun mode. The “sailing” function is indicated in the AMG instrument cluster by a new icon depicting a stylised sailing yacht. The ECO start/stop function is also available in transmission mode “C”, switching off the engine at traffic-lights and helping to save fuel.

 

“Sport” mode

 

Transmission mode “Sport” emphasises agility and driving pleasure, with a sporty engine and transmission configuration. The suspension has stiffer response characteristics optimised for a sporty driving style on fast, undulating circuits such as the North Loop of Nürburgring, while still offering a certain measure of comfort. The exhaust system remains subdued, and 3-stage ESP® is ON. The ECO start/stop and “sailing” functions are inactive in “Sport” mode.

 

 

 

 

 

“Sport +” mode

 

In “Sport+” mode the powertrain responds very rapidly to dynamic load changes. For even better acceleration from standstill, the idling speed is increased from 600 to 800 r/min. The exhaust system also plays its part: the adjustable exhaust flaps open sooner and more dynamically, so that the driver can enjoy the unmistakable AMG V8 engine sound to the full. The gearshift strategy of the DCT transmission is optimally adapted to the needs of the racetrack – including extremely fast shift times, emotional double-declutching and fast response. Partial cylinder suppression by means of a momentary and precisely defined retardation of ignition and injection under full throttle speeds up the gear changes, and is also audible to the driver. The suspension setup changes to racetrack mode with maximum damping for modern circuits with a very level surface, with 3-stage ESP® remaining “ON”. A reduction in servo assistance ensures precise steering feedback when driving in a sporty manner. The ECO stop/start and “sailing” functions remain inactive.

 

“Individual” mode

 

Over and above the preconfigured modes, the “Individual” transmission mode makes it possible to vary individual parameters for the engine, exhaust system, damper settings, transmission mode and 3-stage ESP®. The driver is able to configure the C 63 to personal requirements, and conveniently store the desired configurations in the memory. The following combination is possible, for example: the shock absorbers in “Comfort”, the engine in “Sport”, the transmission mode in “Manual”, 3-stage ESP® in “ESP® SPORT HANDLING MODE” and the exhaust system in “Sport +”.

 

“RACE” mode reserved exclusively for the C 63 S

 

Maximum vehicle dynamics at the touch of a button: only the C 63 S is equipped with the “RACE” transmission mode. The response characteristics of the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine and the accelerator are now even more immediate. As in “Sport +”, for even better acceleration from standstill, the idling speed is increased from 600 to 800 r/min. The exhaust system, suspension and steering remain at “Sport +” level, while 3-stage ESP® changes to “SPORT HANDLING MODE” and allows wider drift angles. The ECO start/stop and sailing functions are inactive. The transmission activates “Race” mode, which is configured to maintain an optimum engine speed in the lowest possible gear when driving at racetrack speeds. The electromechanical, speed-sensitive sports power steering remains as in “Sport +”. “RACE” mode is rounded off by rapid and responsive gearshifts.

 

 

Pop-up window with an animated C 63 in various colour combinations

 

The currently selected mode is visualised using specific icons in the AMG instrument cluster, below the upshift indicator. A pop-up window also appears on the free-standing central

display whenever the transmission mode is changed: Depending on the mode, the animated C 63 is shown with an appropriate graphic and colour presentation. While subdued shades of blue predominate in “Comfort”, the car is shown on a racetrack in “Race” mode – including red/white kerbs. The driver selecting “Individual” mode will find the respective features available for adaptation at the left edge of the pop-up window. For better visualisation, explanatory graphics appear on the right; in addition the selection made by the driver is highlighted in yellow.

 

Last Mode stores the transmission mode for a maximum of four hours

 

The “Last Mode” function is a new feature: This prevents a previously activated transmission mode or individual parameters (engine, transmission, exhaust system, damper setup, 3-stage ESP®) from being deleted. If the driver has been on the road in “Sport +”, for example, and interrupts the journey for a short period, “Sport +” remains active for a maximum of four hours. Exception: for safety reasons, 3-stage ESP® always reverts to “ON” mode when the engine is restarted – even if the driver previously activated “SPORT Handling Mode” or “OFF”. A pop-up message “ESP ON” reminds the driver of this. If the journey is interrupted for more than four hours, the basic “Comfort” mode will always be activated when the engine is restarted.

 

All the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes can be further adapted at the touch of a button in the centre console – on the left side manual transmission mode “M”, the shock absorbers of the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension and 3-stage ESP®, for example. On the right are the buttons for the ECO start/stop function and, depending on level of equipment, for the Performance exhaust system. The wide scope for individualisation allows convenient adaptation to suit personal preferences.

 

 

 

Form follows performance – the design embraces the technology

 

Form follows performance – the design of the powerful V8 top models is influenced by motorsports, and embraces the fascinating technology. Essential aerodynamic and cooling requirements have been incorporated into the design idiom, to ensure that the C 63 is fully equipped for the extreme requirements of the racetrack.

 

Sensual purity is combined with stylish sportiness: the Mercedes-AMG C 63 already fascinates at first glance. The C 63 and C 63 S are visually distinguishable by specific design features. The emotive, sensual surfaces of the new C-Class, with reduced, purist contours, are slightly convex to give the model a dynamic character. The Mercedes-AMG C 63 has aluminium wings flared by 14 millimetres on each side, with inset “V8 BITURBO” lettering, and the complete front section is extended by 54 millimetres. The wider track and powerful eight-cylinder engine require a model-specific front section. Moreover, the body structure is reinforced in certain areas to transfer and compensate the extreme linear and lateral forces from the powertrain and suspension.

 

Mercedes-AMG has placed a strong emphasis on sportiness in the design of the C 63, as the front section clearly shows: the long aluminium bonnet is embellished with two prominent power-domes, ensuring a masculine appearance in combination with the flared wings. The striking bonnet has a dramatic transition to the radiator grille, and makes the car appear to be accelerating while at rest. This emphasises the forward thrust and dynamism of the C 63. This impression is reinforced by the low, arrow-shaped “twin blade” radiator grille with AMG lettering, which visually lowers the car’s centre of gravity.

 

The “A-Wing” in the front apron, a characteristic feature of AMG Performance models, is three-dimensional and also serves as an air deflector for the three cooling air inlets. Flics ensure an optimum airflow to the cooling modules. A front splitter at the lower end of the front apron helps to reduce lift. Prominent side sill panels also help to lower the visual centre of gravity.

 

The diffuser insert with three fins at the rear is a feature adopted from motorsports, as are the simulated air vents in the sides. These form defined spoiler lips, and improve the Cd value of 0.33. The trim strip in the diffuser echoes the A-Wing in the front end. The two chrome-plated twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system are perfectly integrated into the diffuser. The C 63 sedan features a new, expressive spoiler lip on the boot lid which ensures even better road adhesion at the rear axle. The model badges “AMG” (left) and “C 63” (right) are affixed to the boot lid or tailgate. The C 63 S distinguishes itself with a contrasting, black “S” on the right, next to the “C 63” lettering.

 

Exterior: the most important distinguishing features at a glance:

 

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Front Radiator grille with twin louvre in silver chrome and AMG lettering

Front apron with front splitter and A-Wing in high-gloss black, trim strip in matt iridium silver

Radiator grille with twin louvre in matt iridium silver and AMG lettering

Front apron with front splitter and A-Wing in the vehicle colour, trim strip in matt iridium silver

Sides Side sill panels with inserts in matt iridium silver

5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in size 8.5 x 19 (front) and 9.5 x 19 (rear), painted in titanium grey with high-sheen finish, tyre size 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear)

AMG high-performance braking system with composite front brake discs, red-painted brake callipers with black AMG lettering

Side sill panels
10-spoke light-alloy wheels in size 8.5 x 18 (front) and 9.5 x 18 (rear), painted in titanium grey with high-sheen finish, tyre size 245/40 R 18 (front) and 265/40 R 18 (rear)

AMG high-performance braking system with grey-painted brake callipers and white AMG lettering

Rear Rear apron with three diffuser fins and trim strip in matt iridium silver

“S” lettering

Rear apron with three diffuser fins and trim strip in high-gloss black

 

Extremely alluring interior

Every detail in the interior of the C 63 is extremely alluring: carefully selected, high-grade materials with a pleasant touch and precise workmanship produce a level of perceived quality that is rare even in the higher vehicle classes. On opening the door, the driver is welcomed by the AMG start-up screen: an animated C 63 appears on the multifunction display of the instrument cluster, and “winks” with its headlamps. In addition AMG lettering appears on the central display on the dashboard. As on the exterior, the more powerful C 63 S also has a number of interior differences from the C 63.

The dashboard is lined with black ARTICO man-made leather with topstitching in crystal grey, while the wing-like aluminium trim elements accentuate the high-quality impression. The touchpad is flanked by the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT switch and numerous AMG-specific controls such as the button for the 3-stage Ride Control sports suspension, the manual transmission mode, 3-stage ESP® or optionally the button for the Performance exhaust system with flap control.

A sporty and dynamic ambience is also ensured by the 3-spoke Performance steering wheel with a 12 o’clock marking and by the instrument cluster. The model-specific dial faces in carbon-fibre look feature technically sophisticated through-lighting, the speedometer reads up to 320 km/h. The digital speed and currently engaged gear are shown in the multifunction display. The driver also has a variety of AMG menus available which can be activated using the steering wheel buttons:

  • Warm-up: “BOOST” charge pressure as a bar display, engine oil temperature, transmission oil temperature
  • Set-up: Engine, suspension, transmission, exhaust system, 3-stage ESP®
  • RACETIMER: Lap time, lap history

If the driver has selected manual transmission mode “M”, an upshift indicator appears at the upper edge of the multifunction display. Eight white/yellow/red LEDs and the gear diagram with an arrow pointing upwards indicate that an upshift is necessary. The relevant AMG DYNAMIC SELECT icon is visible on the left.

Performance seats are available as an alternative to the standard sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with AMG badges in the backrests: these allow the occupants a lower seating position, and are more heavily contoured for increased lateral support.

Interior: the most important distinguishing features at a glance

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Upholstery Black ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, seat centre panels in black DINAMICA microfibre with contrast strips in crystal grey
AMG-specific door centre panels in black ARTICO man-made leather with contrast strips in crystal grey DINAMICA microfiber designo seat belts in crystal grey
Black ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, seat centre panels in black DINAMICA microfibre with contrasting topstitching in crystal grey

AMG-specific door centre panels in black ARTICO man-made leather

Steering wheel 3-spoke Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre with flattened bottom section, 12 o’clock marking, contrasting topstitching in the interior colour, steering wheel bezel in silver chrome with “AMG” lettering and silver-coloured aluminium shift paddles 3-spoke Performance steering wheel in black nappa leather with flattened bottom section, perforations in the grip area, black 12 o’clock marking, steering wheel bezel in silver chrome with “AMG” lettering and silver-coloured aluminium shift paddles
Instrument cluster Instrument cluster with 13.97 cm (5.5-inch) multifunction TFT display
and AMG main menu incl. RACETIMER, dial faces in carbon-fibre look with red inserts
Instrument cluster with 13.97 cm (5.5-inch) multifunction TFT display
and AMG main menu incl. RACETIMER, dial faces in carbon-fibre look

 

 

Other standard equipment of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S and C 63 (selection):

  • ADAPTIVE BRAKE
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • COMAND On-line with single DVD drive
  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
  • ECO start/stop function
  • ISOFIX child seat attachment system
  • LED High Performance headlamps
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Sports pedals
  • Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC

The customer is also able to configure both models very individually with further optional extras:

  • Exterior Carbon-Fibre package I consisting of radiator grille louvre in silver chrome, front apron A-Wing, side sill panel inserts and upper facing of the rear apron in carbon-fibre
  • Exterior Carbon-Fibre package II including exterior mirror housings and spoiler lip in carbon-fibre
  • Two-tone designo interior in platinum white pearl/black
  • Two-tone designo interior in saddle brown/black
  • Upper section of instrument panel and waistlines in black nappa-look ARTICO man-made leather with contrasting topstitching in the interior colour
  • Night package consisting of radiator grille twin louvre in silver chrome, front apron A-Wing and A-Wing trim strip in high-gloss black, side sill panel inserts in high-gloss black, exterior mirror housings in high-gloss black, rear apron trim strip in high-gloss black, sports exhaust system with two black-chromed twin tailpipes, waistline trim strip and window surrounds in high-gloss black, dark-tinted thermal insulation glass from the B-pillar to the rear
  • Performance seats for driver and passenger, with more heavily contoured seat for enhanced lateral support, integral head restraints and AMG badge in the backrests
  • Single- or two-tone nappa leather upholstery
  • 5 x 19 and 9.5 x 19 forged wheels in a cross-spoke design, painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, tyre size 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear)
  • 5 x 19 and 9.5 x 19 forged wheels in a cross-spoke design, painted in matt black with high-sheen rim flange, tyre size 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear)
  • Carbon-fibre/light aluminium trim with longitudinal grain

Exclusive with outstanding appeal: the C 63 “Edition 1”

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 and C 63 S will also be available as “Edition 1” models from market launch: their extraordinary combination of exclusive design and equipment features has outstanding appeal. There is a choice of six attractive exterior paint finishes: polar white, designo diamond white bright, iridium silver metallic, palladium silver metallic, obsidian black metallic and the AMG-specific finish designo iridium silver magno.

The “Edition 1” is available on both C 63 S and C 63, and is distinguishable from outside by numerous design highlights:

  • Spoiler lip in high-gloss black
  • Night package (see above for features) incl. chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes
  • Red highlights (adhesive foil) for radiator grille and exterior mirrors
  • 5 x 19 and 9.5 x 19 forged wheels in a cross-spoke design, painted in matt black with red-painted rim flange, tyre size 245/35 R 19 (front) and 265/35 R 19 (rear)
  • Side sports stripes in matt graphite grey (adhesive foil) above the side sill panels

The striking colour scheme is continued in the interior:

  • Red designo seat belts
  • Driver and passenger seats electrically adjustable with memory function
  • Black floor mats with “AMG” lettering and red piping
  • Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre with flattened bottom section, red 12 o’clock marking, red contrasting topstitching, steering wheel bezel in silver chrome with “Edition 1” lettering and silver-coloured aluminium shift paddles
  • Performance seats and door centre panels in diamond-pattern black nappa leather with red contrasting topstitching
  • Heated seats for the driver and passenger
  • Trim in red pepper carbon-fibre / light longitudinal-grain aluminium

 

 

Pricing:

As with all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S and C 63 comes standard with the class-leading 6-years/100 000 km maintenance plan.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S                   R1 163 800

Edition 1                                            + R175 000

Mercedes-AMG C 63                                   R1 004 700

Edition 1                                            + R212 000