Mercedes-Benz C-Class C63 AMG Review: Sledgehammer

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C63 AMG Review: Sledgehammer

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
12 Feb 2012
What we like:
pros
Monster of an engine
pros
inspiring performance
pros
lovely steering feel
pros
refined when pottering along
pros
engine sounds like a NASCAR racer
pros
everyday usability
pros
deceptive looks
pros
much improved ride than before
pros
superb gearbox
What we dislike:
cons
Thirsty when pushed hard
cons
high road tax
cons
appetite for rear tyres

The C63’s purposefulness continues in the cabin. The interior is adorned with go faster bits like a flat-bottomed steering wheel with Alcantara inserts, aluminium foot pedals, a bespoke instrument pack with a 320km/h speedo and AMG mode for the LCD screen which includes a useful oil temperature and lap time read-out as well as an up shift reminder function where the screen turns red to remind the driver to select the next higher gear in ‘Manual’ mode.

And then there are the seats – the electrically adjustable sports bucket seats not only look fearsome but also offer terrific lateral support in the bends. The chairs are also comfortable enough not to give you a sore back after a long cruise.

Well, everything else in the cabin is rather like in a top spec C350, which means spacious amounts of space at the rear and top notch build quality among other features. Like all other facelifted C-Class models, the C63 features a new dashboard that is made from even better materials when compared to the older model’s.

The new C63 might not be quicker or offer more power than previously but its new and innovative AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT gearbox has made it even more driver focused and hence even more enjoyable and inspiring to drive.

Credits: Story and photos by Raymond Lai

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