Quick Drive: Mercedes-AMG C63 S ‘Edition1’

Quick Drive: Mercedes-AMG C63 S ‘Edition1’

It was almost an irony that the weekend of the Bathurst 1000 coincided with our review of the latest V8 Supercar from Mercedes-AMG, the C63 S ‘Edition 1’.

Thankfully AMG has moved away from the over the top body kits of the 1980s and 1990s, the new cars are much more discreetly packaged, yet the aero modifications remain purposeful.

It doesn’t look much like a V8 Supercar, but at times it most certainly sounds like one.

2015 C 63 S rear 3:4The high gloss black lip spoiler on the boot lid, coupled with the lower front fascia on the front and rear of the car not only differentiate the AMG C63 S from its other C-Class siblings, they also serve a purpose being both aesthetically pleasing as well as aerodynamically functional.

Despite moving from a naturally aspirated 6.3-Litre V8 engine to a new bi-turbo 4-litre V8, the new Mercedes-

Mercedes-AMG C 63  (BR 205) T-Modell / estate; 2014;  Exterieur: brilliantblau metallic; AMG Night-Paket Exterieur, AMG Keramik Hochleistungs-Verbundbremsanlage, wärmedämmend dunkel getöntes Glas Exterior: brilliant blue metallic; AMG Night package, AMG high-performance ceramic composite braking system, heat-insulating dark-tinted glass

Mercedes-AMG C 63 

AMG C 63 S is no less powerful or menacing than the AMG C63 507 edition we drove last year (review here).

The 507 was a howling, snarling, seat-of-the-pants, take-no-prisoners kind of a car, and the new AMG C63 S continues the tradition, if not even more so.

AMG aficionados like a firm ride with good handling, an indecently loud exhaust note, seamless gear changes, and steering that is quick, responsive and precise. Again the S ticks all of these boxes, and then some.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S  (BR 205) Limousine /saloon; 2014; Interieur: Leder Nappa red pepper/schwarz, AMG Performance Sitze, AMG Zierelemente Carbon / Aluminium   Interior:  nappa leather red pepper/black, AMG Performance seats, AMG carbon-fibre / aluminium trim

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Interior: nappa leather red pepper/black, AMG Performance seats, AMG carbon-fibre / aluminium trim

To quote a friend who drives an older E55 AMG and enjoyed a short burst in the C63 S , “It does everything you expect of the brand, it still has that terrific hooligan element, and I don’t think the ride quality is too bad for such a high performance vehicle.”

The direct-injection twin-turbo 4-litre V8 pumps out 375kW of power and 700Nm of torque to torture the low profile Pirelli Supersport tyres fitted to the C63 S.

If the wonderfully rumbly exhaust note on start up isn’t loud enough for your taste, theres a discreet little button on the console which opens up some amplifying flaps in the quad pipe exhaust system, this will more than upset the peace and quiet enjoyed by your 2015 C63 S side profileneighbours.

Owners can choose from five driving modes being: Individual, comfort, sport, sport plus, and race.

That pretty much describes the car’s ability right there. From mild to wild in five presses of a button.

2015 C63 S front grilleThere is a launch control function for track day driving, indeed the car is set up as a gentleman’s racer, go for a belt around the track on Sunday, and then enjoy a docile commute to the office on Monday.

The individual mode allows the driver to set up the performance of the engine, suspension, transmission, and exhaust note, to their preferred choice.

Even when comfort mode is selected, the ride quality in the C63 S is sometimes harsh over rough road surfaces and you consciously avoid manhole covers and other road corrugations to avoid bump and thump being transferred through the cabin.

Our ‘Edition 1’ equipped loan car arrived in the rather fetching shade of Iridium Silver Magno paint, complemented inside by the black nappa leather upholstery with red contrast stitching throughout the cabin which is part of the optional interior and exterior package.

Those racy looking front seats feel snug and provide suitable lateral and thigh support when pressing on, but could become tiring over long distances.

But the S isn’t just about on the road performance, as you would expect from a Mercedes-AMG car it also comes fully equipped with all the active and passive safety features as well as the luxury of a panoramic glass sunroof, Burmester surround sound, TV tuner, 360 degree camera, voice activation, head up display, LED intelligent lighting system, and an IWC design analogue clock.

The air-balance system not only cleans the air you breathe in the cabin, it also lightly fragrances the environment as well, for a more pleasurable experience.

Opinion will be divided about the lashings of Carbon Fibre, Alcantara, Alloy and leather that graces the interior of the C63 S, but you can’t help but feel this is all part of the brash charm of owning an AMG, and it certainly gives the cabin occupants a sense of occasion. They are sitting in something thats not like another!

We won’t talk about the fuel economy, AMG says 8.6/100km combined, I didn’t get within a bulls roar of it.

The problem with ‘owning’ such a car for a few days is that you want to explore the envelope of its potential at every possible opportunity, and this will get you into trouble with the handbrake sitting in the passenger seat.

‘Er indoors’ wasn’t particularly struck by the ride quality, the loud exhaust, the cosy seats, and wanted to know when we were next getting a nice slow comfortable car.

I digress.

Some people won’t appreciate the C63 S, others however will love it.

Manufacturers list price: $164,900

Optional equipment fitted:

Designo Iridium Silver Magno paint $3100
Edition 1 Package $7900

Total price excluding on-road costs $175,900

Pros:

Loud, proud, and great fun to drive

Cons:

Your missus might not like it.

Words and local pictures: Robert Barry

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