2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S Coupe thrills with power, handling
When it comes to performance cars, the AMG sub-brand from Mercedes-Benz is hard to beat. AMG was originally a racing engine shop that specialized in Mercedes performance development, but in 1999 the independent firm was purchased and brought in-house by Mercedes. Now AMG offers a high-performance line of Mercedes cars and SUVs, fully supported by the Mercedes-Benz dealer network.
The C63 S Coupe is the pinnacle of Mercedes-Benz' popular C-Class, including compact sedans, coupes, and convertibles. With its sleek roofline and aggressive stance, the AMG C-Class coupe is available with the buyer's choice of three engines rated at 385, 469, or 503 horsepower. Of these, the C63 S offers the most powerful engine in the range.
An AMG vehicle is not just a big engine, however. AMG models receive a more performance-oriented twin-clutch transmission, upgraded performance suspension, and a track-ready set of brakes with performance wheels and tires. Inside, the AMG models are equipped with racing-inspired seats and a sport steering wheel, along with the regular luxury features you expect from any Mercedes.
With the top 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the C63 S, the car is capable of accelerating from 0-60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds. That's just one pounding heartbeat shy of supercar territory, but what you'll notice on the road is that this sport coupe offers excellent control of its power. The steering is precise, but never jumpy, which is to say that you can sneeze without causing a surprise lane change.
In addition to offering dramatic performance, the C63 S also offers reasonable utility. The trunk is big enough for generous luggage for two people. While the rear seat exists, we wouldn't ask adults to climb through the two-door access to ride back there. If you want to carry more passengers, the C63 sedan with four doors is much more comfortable with the same performance envelope.
As a premium brand, Mercedes-Benz takes care to offer a full suite of safety and connectivity features in all its vehicles. The standard C63 features a 10.25-inch widescreen display that supports both Apple and Android phone integration, plus a superb Burmester sound system. Blind spot monitoring is standard, too.
The basic C63 S costs $77,500, but our test vehicle included all the optional performance hardware that you'd want if you planned to drive your AMG on a race track as a hobby. That means the $5,450 ceramic compound brake package, carbon fiber aerodynamics, 19-inch front with 20-inch rear wheels equipped with performance tires, a performance steering wheel that feels fantastic in your hands, and performance seats. Those seats really are designed for a race track, and if your plans don't include Portland International Raceway, you'll likely be happier with the standard AMG seats.
The test car also had the optional head-up display and a full set of safety and convenience tech. All that extra performance tacked on almost another $30,000 to the price, but if you're looking for a track-competitive European sport-luxury coupe, this is the equipment you should have.
The great thing about any Mercedes-Benz or AMG vehicle is that they all offer impressive comfort and performance. AMG options definitely cost extra, but the lower-cost models from Mercedes are still among the best vehicles on the market right now.
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S Coupe
Base price: $77,500
Price as tested: $105,690
Type: Compact sport coupe
Engine: 6.3-liter twin-turbo V8 (503 hp, 516 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 9-speed twin-clutch automatic
EPA estimated mileage: 17/26
Overall length: 187 inches
Curb weight: 3,900 pounds
Final assembly: Bremen, Germany
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