2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Convertible

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Overview

It was 1967 when 2 passionate engineering stared tuning Mercedes racecars in an old mill. Today, that duo has become a team of 50 and that old mill is known as the Mercedes Benz performance division called the AMG. The latest offering from the AMG house is the Mercedes Benz so-called entry-level luxury and named it the AMG C63. They took this jolly ride and turned it to a ranging animal.

It takes about 3 hours to assemble the 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG C63's 4.0L V8 engine paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine cranks out 503 hp of power and 516-pound-feet of torque. As a package of speed and luxury, the AMG C 63 would cost you about $81,500.

The AMG's blare serves notice to the class of elite luxury convertibles like the BMW M4 Convertible, and the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. Though the V8's menacing power and supple handling are enough to beat the competition, still there are some things which the AMG could learn from them.

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Pros

Beautifully crafted interior

Monstrous power

Muscle car looks

Cons

Soggy touchpad controller

Lack of rear headroom and legroom

What's New?

There is no major change for the class for 2018 AMG C63


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$73500

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

243 cu. in.

horsepower

469 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

479 lb.-ft. @ 1750 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.4 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

111.8 in.

length

187 in.

width

73.9 in.

height

55.2 in.

curb weight

4206 lbs.

ground clearance

4.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

8.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

161 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

31/19/22 mpg

highway range

382.8 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

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designo Diamond White Metallic

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Ratings

Engine

8.8

Interior

8.8

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Convertible AMG C 63

AMG C 63

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$73,500

Configurations
AMG C 63 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (17/19/22)

 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Convertible AMG C 63 S

AMG C 63 S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$81,500

Configurations
AMG C 63 S 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (17/19/22)

Expert Review


carhp editor October 15, 2018

8.8

Overall Rating


 

8.8/10
Engine

 
 

8.8/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

The latest offering from the AMG house is the Mercedes Benz so-called entry-level luxury and named it the AMG C63. They took this jolly ride and turned it to a ranging animal.

It takes about 3 hours to assemble the 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG C63’s 4.0L V8 engine paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine cranks out 503 hp of power and 516-pound-feet of torque. As a package of speed and luxury, the AMG C 63 would cost you about $81,500.

Features

Coming from the AMG wing of the C Class sector, the AMG C 63 S is priced at $73,500. The car hides the signature AMG V8 alongside other sports upgrades. AMG chunked up its 9-speed automatic transmission and replaced it with a new 7-speed gearbox. Buying this car you will have many exclusive options like carbon-ceramic brakes, sports seats, steering, exhaust, and touches of carbon fiber in the inside and outside.

Trims

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

MSRP

$73,500

Features

  • All-season power soft top
  • Beauty beneath the surface
  • AMG body styling
  • Performance-focused cockpit
  • 19-inch AMG twin 5-spoke wheels
  • 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • AMG Nappa/DINAMICA Performance steering wheel
  • Natural Grain Black Ash wood and aluminum trim
  • AMG S instrumentation
  • AMG menu with RACETIMER
  • IWC "Ingenieur" analog clock
  • Topstitched MB-Tex upper dash and door trim in Nappa grain
  • Brushed aluminum pedals
  • Silver seat belts
  • AMG floor mats

We recommend

Its recommended to the buy the AMG C63 with the optional Driver Assist package for $1,700. This package will arm your car with features like Active Blind Spot Assist, Speed Limit Assist, Mercedes Pre-Safe Plus and more.

Engine

8.8/10

 Very expensive and still not very large, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class nonetheless leads its luxury niche with fabulous style and fantastic power and grip”- The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

Buyers are always excited for what the AMG house has to offer, their moniker V8 has always performed and the custom lives on with the C63. The car is backed with a handcrafted 4.0 L V8 engine mated with the aforementioned 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine pumps out 469 hp of power and 469-pound-feet of torque.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

BMW M4 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

MSRP

$66,100

$77,200

$120,700

Engine

4.0L Biturbo V8

3.0L 6-Cylinder TwinPower Turbo

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged Boxer 6 Cylinder

Transmission

7-speed automatic

6-Speed Manual

7-Speed Manual

Power

469 hp

425 hp

450 hp

Torque

479 lb-ft

406 lb-ft

405 lb-ft


If the BMW M4 convertible, Porsche 911 Carrera, and the AMG C 63 are up for a fight, the AMG C63 will emerge as the glorious victor. Its power is unmatched and the competition remains an immense 50 to 75 ponies short.

Acceleration

The V8’s thundering rumble is enough to turn heads on the new AMG C 63. The car will throw you back in your seat as it attains the speed of 60 mph. Soon the adrenaline kicks in, the drastic moment of inertia becomes intriguing as the car vortex you in. All this happens in just about 4 seconds till the car reach 60 mph.

Further, as the car gains momentum and starts eating up the tarmac you will realize it reaches a quarter of a mile in 12.2 seconds.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

BMW M4 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

0-60 MPH

4 sec

4.3 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter mile

12.2

12.6 sec

12.2 sec

Engine

4.0L

3.0L

3.0L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

9.2

8.9

8.4


In a neck, to neck sprint, the Porsche 911 remains just a split second ahead of the AMG C63. However, in the quarter mile run, the car overcome this adversity and competed for the shoulder to shoulder with the Porsche 911. The BMW M4 was a tad late from the 2.

Ride and Handling

The car seems heavy even on the comfort mode, you can literally feel the weight while driving. However, the steering is light and responsive delivering an agile handling experience. The power output is colossal and acceleration more than what’s expected. The sound of those fat tires peeling off the road is hardly missed by anyone.

City maneuvering is easy and tricky pavements don’t break a sweat. Parking this car won’t be a problem at all.

Braking

Newton said, “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”, hence such monstrous acceleration is should have a powerful braking. Turns out the Mercedes got just the right one. The car weighs over 4,000 pounds and still come on a grinding halt of 109 feet from the speed of 60 mph. You can boost this braking capacity by investing in the optional carbon ceramic brakes.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

BMW M4 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Brake Front(in)

14.2

15.0

13.8

Brake Rear(in)

14.2

14.6

13.0

Curb weight(lbs)

4226

4070

3197

60-0 MPH (ft.)

109

107

103

Despite the higher curb weight, C63’s 109 feet performance is impressive. The competition weighs much less still deliver similar braking numbers. Despite the smaller disc size, the Porsche 911 took 103 feet distance to halt which is the best for this lot, the M4 took a couple more feet to stop.

Fuel Economy

You won’t find anything captivating in the luxury convertible class, their fuel economy is pretty mediocre as the fuel-sipping V8 start to work for a living. In the city, the C63 will deliver 17 mpg mileage while on the highway it can conjure up to 22 mpg. Combined the AMG C 63 presents you with its 19 mpg mileage.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 S

BMW M4 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

MPG (city)

17

17

18

MPG (highway)

22

25

26

MPG (combined)

19

20

21

The M4 convertible ties with the AMG C 63 in the city but exceed while highway touring. However, in this lot, your best bet on efficiency is the Porsche 911 Carrera which delivers an impressive 21 mpg of combined mileage. The car is extremely fuel efficient on highways which is truly a surprise for the class.

Interior

8.8/10

“The C-Class' interior impresses with a graceful center stack and simple layout afforded by minimal buttons, but it also complicates the interface some. Most other interior aspects are typical for a convertible coupe, but we found the driving position and convertible top to be especially well done”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Long known as the entry-level luxury, the C Class interior was never meant to be entry level. The AMG features a similar interior like a typical C Class, the upmarket quality and comfortable AMG seating is worth the extra money. With the foldable roof on, hardly any road noise penetrating the cabin.

The front seats endure the plush side of the cabin with a generous 42-inch legroom and 38.8 inches of headroom space. The rear seats, however, do not experience such space. The lack of proper legroom and headroom will leave the taller boarders in an uncomfortable spot.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 S

BMW M4 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.8/54.8/42.0

40.4/55.3/42.2

38.4/52.0/41.6

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

35.6/51.7/32.0

36.1/49.8/33.7

32.0/50.6/41.4

The trio feature similar a similar sense of spacing. Hence the spirit of competition hits a dead end.

Infotainment

The AMG C63 interior greets you with a lot of buttons, the 8.4-inch infotainment screen sits above the turbine styled air conditioning vents. The Mercedes COMAND infotainment is well known for its responsiveness and easy to use functionality. The much needed Android Auto and Apple CarPlay comes optional on the C63. Other standard infotainment features are-

  • High-resolution in-dash screens
  • Touchpad controller
  • FrontBass system
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Dual USB audio ports
  • HD Radio receiver
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • Hands-free Bluetooth interface

Cargo volume

Everyone knows a convertible feature low cargo space and as a buyer, you won’t move houses in an AMG C63 either. The 8.8 cubic feet of cargo volume is enough is enough to accommodate carry on luggage and nothing else.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 S

BMW M4 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Volume (cube ft)

8.8

13.0

4.4

The M4 is your best option when it comes to practicality, though its 13 cubic feet of cargo volume is not much, it's more than what we already have. The Porsche 911’s 4.4 cubic feet trunk is enough to carry your soap and a hand towel, so pack less.

 

Exterior

Within the AMG lineup, the C63 models have a more muscular, ridged hood, while the red-hot C63 S has telltale red brake calipers- KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The AMG engineers don’t just work on the engine, they are determined to make the AMG variants look more intimidating than its non-AMG siblings. Their shape is more muscular which perfectly conveys its power. Right from the fine lines on the hood to the jaw-dropping curves at the back. Any performance purist will recognize this car in a heartbeat.

Right from the diamond grill to the fine lines running all the way to the back, the car measures 187 inches in length. The width of the car is measured at 73.9 inches and with the foldable roof on, the C63 is 55.3 inches long in height.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 S

BMW M4 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

curb weight(lbs)

4226

4070

3197

Length(in)

187.0

184.5

178.5

Width(in)

73.9

73.6

72.9

Height(in)

55.3

54.8

51.0

Ground clearance(in)

4.4

4.7

4.2

Wheelbase(in)

111.8

110.7

96.5

Track width(in) F/R

64.4/62.7

62.2/63.1

60.7/60.8

The AMG C63 is inches longer than its competition, other than the trio measure the same. It is also the heaviest car in the lot, the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is the lightest car in terms of weight.

Safety

The AMG C63 has not been crash tested by both NHTSA or the IIHS. Still, you will find active safety equipment present on the AMG C63. Features like Collision Prevention assist Attention assist, and more adds up to your confidence on empty roads.

  • Crash Prevention
  • Attention Assist
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature
  • SmartKey with KEYLESS-START
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System

 

Competition

BMW M4 Convertible VS AMG C 63

Though there is no direct competition to the AMG C 63, the BMW M4 would be the closest competition in the lot. The M4 hides a 6 cylinder engine while the AMG C 63 is known for its handcrafted V8, hence the difference lies in power. Yes, the M4’s interior is magnetic but nothing quite matches up to the C Class quality.

The AMG C 63 is priced a little higher than the BMW M4 but the chic interior and more power covers it up, making AMG C63 the better choice.

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS VS AMG C 63

The first point of difference between the 2 is the price. Compared to the AMG C63 the Porsche 911 is a way too overpriced. The bulk of your money is largely spent on the quality interior and balanced handling, but you will have a sports car but with lesser power and a higher price.

The bottom line is, if you are a kind of person who spends his money on experiences then goes for the Porsche 911, but any sane buyer seeking value for his money will go for the AMG C63.

 

Final Verdict

The V8 majesty merged with the entry-level C Class is the best part of the AMG enchantment. The price is an oddball for the class and there is no direct competition. Getting a V8 at this price and pumping out that much power is a pretty sweet deal and to end this review, who hates the Merc’s interior?

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