The C-Class is the real bread-and-butter car in the Mercedes range, but the new C63 AMG looks certain to raise it to an entirely different level.
Although the ordinary C-Class is a relatively affordable inroad into the Mercedes brand, the 2015 C63 promises something else altogether, especially when it comes to the price.
Starting at £59,975, the super saloon and estate will be with us here in the UK in the spring of 2015, and ordering is now open for this latest addition to the Merc stable.
So what’s so special about the C63 that makes it worth all that money?
The new C63 comes in saloon and estate formats and standard and S trim levels, although ‘standard’ really isn’t a word that you should readily use to describe any AMG let alone this beast.
Nappa leather AMG sports seats with a memory package come as standard, along with a three-spoke AMG steering wheel, a mechanical locking rear diff (helpful if you plan on using all the engine’s power), dynamic engine mounts, an upgraded AMG braking system, quad tailpipes, unique front and rear styling that incorporates new front wings and a subtle, body-colour rear spoiler.
18-inch wheels are standard fare on the C63, while these grow to a 19-inch as standard on the S models.
Speaking of the S model, this all-singing, all-dancing version will cost £73,500 in Saloon form and £74,700 as an Estate and will feature all-manner of unique features, finishes and appointments.
A new braking system has been incorporated into the C63 package, which is highlighted by the calipers being painted the ubiquitous red. The system has 390mm discs on the front and 360mm discs at the rear, and should help the car stop as well as it goes.
As well as new brakes, the car also has an advanced electronically-controlled rear differential which will allow for more entertaining sideways driving when you select the race mode in the COMAND driver profile system. As is the norm these days this allows the driver to change the gearbox, engine and damping modes.
Even though the C63 doesn’t come cheap, a Mercedes wouldn’t be a Mercedes if it didn’t also have an extensive list of available options to make it even more special if you want. Among these enhancements are a powerful Burmester surround sound system, a variable AMG exhaust system, a heads-up display system (which will project your speed and other info onto the windscreen – useful for keeping your eyes on the road), ceramic brakes (expect these to be eye-wateringly expensive) and intelligent LED lights.
What’s under the bonnet?
Although styling and luxury are major components of any AMG package, what everyone really wants to know about are the engines and the performance.
Both the standard and S models get a new 4.0-litre biturbo engine, which is expected to be around a third more efficient than the existing model it is replacing. In its S guise, the engine is also lighter and more powerful than the current unit.
In standard form, this new engine produces 476 horsepower at 5,500-6,250 rpm and 650 Nm of torque at 1,750-4,500 rpm. If you step it up to S trim, the same engine is then tuned to deliver 510 horsepower at 5,500-6,250 rpm and 700 Nm at 1,750-4,500 rpm. In layman’s speak: get friendly with your local tyre dealer.
What about safety?
It’s too early to know exactly what the new Mercedes has in terms of both passive and active safety systems, but it would be a major surprise if this car didn’t come with just about every safety aid that the German automaker can throw at it. Check our our C-Class review for an overview of what Mercedes will likely offer.
Although Euro NCAP has never specifically tested the C63 AMG, the C-Class upon which it is based regularly scores the full five-stars overall, and fares well in almost every individual test. There’s no reason to see why the C63 won’t be one of the safest cars of its type as well as one of the fastest.
There’s going to be a launch edition with some included trinkets. The so-called ‘S Edition 1′ will come with quilted black Nappa leather with red stitching that’s repeated on the steering wheel and door panels and dashboard; AMG red carbon fibre trim that runs down the centre console (see below!); the Burmester surround sound system that boasts an impressive 13 speakers, the LED intelligent light system, a panoramic electric glass sunroof, as well as keyless start and keyless entry.
When can I have one?
If you’re one of those people that doesn’t need to wait until you see the car to know that you want one, you can now place your order for a new C63 AMG. Although that’ll put you to the front of the queue if you hurry, you still won’t see the car until the spring of 2015.
In a line…
Mercedes once again ups the ante in the luxury performance midsize saloon category.