Merc stops chasing luxurious and brings a real M3 competitor
ROAD TEST EDITOR JAKE LINGEMAN: I’m torn. I’m torn between exhaust sounds. The Jaguar F-Type R was the new customary for hilarious and raucous tailpipe notes, however now I could be leaning towards this Merc V8. It sounds superior on this automotive and superior on the AMG GT S. It doesn’t crackle and backfire as a lot because the F-Kind, however when it does it’s extra significant. Both approach, they each sound frickin’ nice; this C63 is far more refined, although.
I really like the look, apart from the wheels; they virtually look aftermarket or one thing. The massive grille in entrance is cool, and from sure distances away it seems to be like an S-class. I did hear a couple of folks remark that they didn’t like all of the curves, however I’m not one in all them. The quad built-in exhaust is a pleasant contact.
It revs loudly on startup, which I additionally love, however settles into a comparatively quiet grumble. The parking brake is at all times engaged when in park, however it releases mechanically whenever you hit the gasoline. The rearview digicam is sweet, however visibility is fairly good anyway so it’s not essential. Whereas I’m speaking concerning the display, I’m not likely a fan of the caught-on look. I do know a deployable display screen is dearer, however at close to $100K, what’s the distinction? It appears like you can rip this one proper off the sprint.
I do like the brand new touchpad interface, which completes the identical features because the jog dial did earlier than. You’ll be able to simply swipe up for the higher choices on the display and swipe sideways to swap by way of them. It takes a minute to get used to, however I believe it’s simpler.
The seats are comfy and supportive, however sit up slightly too excessive. Even on the lowest setting, I felt like I used to be nearly hitting the ceiling. They do have adjustable bolsters, which is at all times a pleasant bonus in apex carvers like this. The steering wheel has suede hand grips, a flat backside and a mark at 12 o’clock — every thing I like.
Put the pedal to the ground, and this automotive takes off after a miniscule hiccup. But it surely’s nothing like the larger Merc SUVs, which takes a full beat earlier than shifting tires. As soon as this automotive will get going although, issues come at you in a rush. Turbo lag is minimal, however current. At sure rpm, it’s in all probability sufficient to upset the stability in a nook, however there’s a variety of time to really feel it occurring, each within the seat and wheel. Steering is heavy and direct, with no useless spot to talk of. Triple digits are simple to hit when getting on the expressway; shifts from the multiclutch include a brrap and teeny drop in torque.
At velocity, the C63 S doesn’t really feel as quick as anticipated, so watch out. The benefit of this new AMG physique is that it doesn’t stick out, so that you may have the ability to fly below the radar a bit. The carbon brakes are costly however can cease the automotive inside a number of inches of journey.
The C63 rode exhausting, perhaps more durable than even our lengthy-time period M3. Bumps and potholes have been making me nervous, each due to the sound within the cabin and the jarring motion. If there’s any free change or plastic, it would rattle over each enlargement joint, which we suppose is simply another excuse to maintain your automotive clear. The large rims and low-profile tires absolutely don’t assist. Consolation mode calms it down somewhat, however not a lot. I really feel like a lot of the different AMGs are softer, however I additionally suppose that is sensible as a result of, just like the M3, that is for the hardcore.
Our M3 was $85K; that is about $ninety,000. So that they’re each in the precise vary. The S4 doesn’t actually examine — it’s solely 333 hp and prices $50K. The RS5 is likely to be nearer; that begins at about $70K and delivers 450 hp, however solely has two doorways. On the opposite finish of the spectrum we have now the Chevy SS, which is larger, practically as highly effective and about half the fee. It will get diced up on observe days although, by all three of these Germans. Lastly, Jag and Alfa each have sports activities sedans within the pipeline, and each are saying all the correct issues. Any manner you go, it’s going to be fascinating to observe this market and see what shakes out. For now, I’m nonetheless sticking with the M3, barely, however I’d love some extra challengers to vary my thoughts.
The Mercedes AMG C63 S has a four.zero-liter biturbo engine and is among the most gasoline-environment friendly eight-cylinder vehicles within the excessive-efficiency section.
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: For as soon as, I agree with Jake: The BMW nonetheless takes the win in my e-book. That mentioned, Mercedes-AMG engineers clearly benchmarked the hell out of the M3, as a result of this C63 S is a way more targeted machine than the earlier automotive. The mushy edges and muscle-cruiser persona have been sliced away, leaving a tough-driving, fast-shifting premium sports activities sedan. Just like the M automobile, the C63 S must be a ton of enjoyable on a racetrack, nevertheless it’s punishing on common roads, even in consolation mode. Once more, this isn’t an issue for fanatic consumers who need a road-authorized DTM racer, however former AMG patrons who maybe erred on the facet of “meat cleaver” vs. “scalpel” could also be stunned by the sacrifices required in a real observe toy.
Add within the Audi RS5 (sure, a coupe, however nonetheless), and also you lastly have a trio of extremely-excessive-efficiency German machines that ought to carry out inside a couple of seconds of one another in your favourite native street course. Choose your poison and let the video games start.
The Mercedes AMG C63 S has a four.zero-liter biturbo engine and is without doubt one of the most gas-environment friendly eight-cylinder automobiles within the excessive-efficiency section.
Choices: AMG carbon-ceramic braking system ($5,450); Driver Help Package deal, together with Distronic Plus with steering help, lively blind-spot help, lively lane-holding help, Pre-secure Brake with pedestrian recognition, BAS Plus with cross-visitors help, Pre-secure Plus with rear-finish collision safety ($2,800); Multimedia Bundle, together with excessive-decision eight.four-inch colour show, COMAND system with navigation, navigation map updates included for three years, CD/DVD audio/video participant, voice management system, arduous drive with music register for downloading of media recordsdata, SiriusXM site visitors, climate with three years service, MBRACE with MB apps and rearview digicam ($2,690); AMG efficiency seats ($2,500); diamond white paint ($1,515); AMG efficiency exhaust system ($1,250); 19-inch AMG cross-spoke cast titanium wheels ($1,250); Lighting Package deal, together with dynamic LED headlights with lively curve illumination and adaptive highbeam help ($800)