New AMG Merc goes up

the gears

Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe
Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe action
Mercedes-AMG C63 saloon
Mercedes-AMG C63 Cabriolet
Mercedes-AMG C63 estate
Mercedes-AMG C63 estate boot

THE refreshed Mercedes-AMG C 63 has moved up a couple of gears and is now on sale, with prices starting at £66,429 for the C 63 Saloon.

Estate versions are available from £67,629, the C 63 Coupé is priced from £68,719, while the Cabriolet starts at £72,537.

The AMG C 63 uses AMG's hand-built four-litre V8 ‘hot V' biturbo petrol engine which generates 476 hp - or 510 hp for S models - and for the first time comes with an AMG nine speed auto transmission compared with the previous model's seven-speeder.

The nine speed box has been specially designed for shorter shift times. A wet start-off clutch continues to replace the torque converter, ultimately saving weight and optimising throttle response.

AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping adjustment and an electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential are now standard on all models. The C 63 S also comes as standard with dynamic engine mounts, combining comfort with dynamic performance by reducing vibrations in the engine/transmission unit.

Acceleration and top speeds vary across the range with the C63 S saloon and coupe taking the rubber-burning crown with top speeds of 185mph and acceleration from rest to 62mph in four seconds or less than four seconds.

Even the entry level C 63 Saloon with its 476bhp engine can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.1 seconds and maxes out at an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels; performance exhaust; multibeam LED headlights; 12.3-inch digital cockpit display, 10.25-inch central display, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours, keyless start, wireless phone charging and memory seats.

The C 63 S adds nine-stage AMG traction control, AMG Track Pace, AMG performance seats; and 19-inch alloy wheels.

For £2,595 - or £1,195 for the C 63 Cabriolet - customers can opt for the Premium Plus equipment line which includes Burmester surround sound system, panoramic sunroof on all models but the Cabriolet, 360° camera, and Keyless-Go Comfort package.

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