A Wolf in sheep’s clothing: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
The Mighty C63 //AMG, It makes a sound that makes you want to turn off the radio and open the window everytime.
Founded in 1967 by Hans Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, AMG was an independent firm dealing with performance improvements on Mercedes Benz vehicles before becoming wholly owned by Daimler AG. Today, AMG is then the high performance division of Mercedes Benz where vehicles are tuned for more speed and sharper handling with much aggressive styling to standard model Benz vehicles. AMG basically is Mercedes answer to M models from BMW and R models from Audi and the W204 Mercedes Benz C63 is nothing but mind blowing, especially performance wise. It is actually the first generation of the C63 as prior models sported the C36 badge instead.
The C63 AMG comes equipped with a monstrous, naturally aspirated 6.2 liter V8 engine. A hand built masterpiece in the Affalterbach factory topped off with an engine plaque with the name of the engineer responsible for it. The engine has a power output of 450HP at 6800rpm and 600Nm of torque at 5000rpm mated to a 7 speed semi-automatic transmission. Paddle shifters are also included for much quicker shifts, which however slightly lag as this is not a dual clutch transmission. 0-60 times are around 4.4 seconds with the top speed electronically limited to 155mph/250kph. Unlimited, the car is capable of speeds up to 300kph. Additionally, it is a rev happy vehicle with a redline of 7500rpm, producing a brutal roar from the chrome polished quad exhaust pipes which is nothing more but a sweet symphony to the ears of petrol heads. If that’s not enough, there are higher power variants available such as the Performance Edition, 507 Edition and Black Series.
Compared to a standard W204, the C63 AMG has a much aggressive and sportier build with the distinct 6.3 AMG badge on the sides. It is less rounded compared to newer offerings of the C63, and I feel the design will hold up to the test of time and still look beautiful and fresh for years to come. It comes standard with light weight 5 spoke AMG style alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40 R18 front tires and 255/35 R18 rear tires. On the brakes front, fitted are cross drilled and ventilated brake discs with 6 piston calipers on the front and 4 piston on the rear. On top of that is the carbon fiber rear diffuser that helps increase downforce and stability at high speeds.
The interior is not much different from a standard W204, except for subtle AMG accents here and there. Smart key entry comes standard, with much welcomed options such as lane departure warning assist and active blind spot detection. The build quality is solid as expected from a Mercedes Benz vehicle with good quality materials used throughout most of the interior with a few plastic bits and bobs. The COMAND system and SATNAV interface however tends to look quite dated when compared to much recent offerings by Mercedes Benz.
The side bolstered leather sport seats are quite comfortable and long distance driving should not be a problem. Ride quality I would say is 50/50 especially with the sport suspension and low profile tires, so, unless you are cruising the Autobahn brace yourself for a bumpy and stiff ride, especially on our Kenyan roads. It being a C class model, the back is cramped for taller individuals but shouldn’t be much a problem for average height individuals. The Harman/kardon surround sound stereo is good, bass heavy and quite future proof with Bluetooth, USB and a hard drive to save your favorite tunes. All in all the interior is pretty, solid and well put together.
Now this is where things get tricky. Deep pockets are a sad requirement. Atrocious in city traffic driving. That 6.2 liter V8 is thirsty. Very thirsty. And constant fuel stops shall be needed. Additionally, to run optimally, premium unleaded fuel is required, in our case v-power which we all know does not come cheap.
Again, maintenance costs are stratospherically high as a result of the complex engineering that went into the production of the vehicle. Please forget your roadside mechs when it comes to this car. My honest advice would be accredited specialists work or the Mercedes Benz dealership. At the end of the day though, this is a Mercedes, and if maintained well, will always give back your money’s worth through the driving experience.
To wrap up, this is a beautiful, mean looking vehicle with great performance and handling, and that exhaust note will for sure turn heads. Sadly, Mercedes decided to stop production of that iconic and joyous 6.3 liter V8, changing to a much efficient and powerful 4 liter biturbo V8 which will however still keep the ‘6.3’ moniker.
Article by : Wilson Shadrack