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2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Coupe

#23
in Midsize coupes
2017 MODEL

$67,000 - $75,000

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Overview

Mercedes are renowned for making cars that offer best in class luxury and opulence. But, when a Mercedes vehicle ends up in the hands of AMG, Merc’s performance division, what comes out of the other end is a mean performance brute. Standing testament to the tradition is the 2017 Mercedes AMG C63 Coupe.

At a distance, it may be difficult to make out a normal C-class coupe from an AMG coupe, but come close and the flared fenders, an aggressive and low stance, blackened alloy wheels and that throaty exhaust become the dead giveaway of an AMG C63.

The Mercedes AMG C63 has forever been known to be a lunatic of a vehicle and the 2017 instalment is no less of a muscle car than it's outgoing models. Sure, the engine has taken the turbocharge route but, the AMG C63 coupe is now faster than ever.

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Pros

Throaty exhaust

Swift handling

Powerful motor

Cons

Not a lot of difference from a regular C-class lookwise.

Heavy curb weight

Horrendous ride quality over bad roads.

What's New?

The 2017 Mercedes AMG C63 carries on with a little to no changes from the outgoing variant.


Features

Power

469 hp

479 lb-ft

MPG

17 city

23 hwy

Engine

v8 cyl

4 l

transmission

7A

0 to 60

4.2 sec



Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Coupe AMG C 63

AMG C 63

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

$67,000

Configurations
AMG C 63 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (17/19/23)

 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 Coupe AMG C 63 S

AMG C 63 S

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

$75,000

Configurations
AMG C 63 S 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (17/19/23)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 16 days ago

The Mercedes AMG C63 has forever been known to be a lunatic of a vehicle and the 2017 instalment is no less of a muscle car than it's outgoing models. Sure, the engine has taken the turbocharge route but, the AMG C63 coupe is now faster than ever.

Features

The 2017 Mercedes AMG C63 is available in two different trims. A 4.0L twin turbo V8 is common in both the cars but in different tunes. The regular Merc AMG C63 comes with an MSRP of $67,000 and lot of geeky features. The standard list of features inclide LED DRLs, LED headlamps and taillamps, 7 inch freestanding infotainment screen amongst other features.

Then, the uprated Merc AMG C63 S which looks exactly like the lower trim from the outside with just a few minor cosmetic changes comes with an MSRP of $75,000 and an uprated engine tuned for even higher performance stats. The basic list of features include DINAMICA side grips, LED lights all around, console mounted controller and other feel good features.

Trim

Mercedes Benz AMG C63 2dr

Mercedes Benz AMG C63 S 2dr

MSRP

$67,000

$75,000

Key

Features

  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • LED headlamps and LED taillamps
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • HD Radio receiver
  • Prewiring for Garmin MAP PILOT
  • Burmester Premium Surround Sound System
  • FrontBass system
  • 7" freestanding high-resolution color central screen
  • Console-mounted central controller
  • High-resolution color multifunction display
  • DINAMICA side grips
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • LED headlamps and LED taillamps
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • HD Radio receiver
  • Prewiring for Garmin MAP PILOT
  • Burmester Premium Surround Sound System
  • FrontBass system
  • 7" freestanding high-resolution color central screen
  • Console-mounted central controller
  • High-resolution color multifunction display

We Recommend

Both the trims of the Mer AMG C63 are equally impressive to drive. If going by the looks, the C63 should be your choice. If more power is what you desire and don’t mind spending the extra bucks, go ahead with the C63 S

Engine

“ If you’re a track rat logging your lap times, the BMW and Cadillac are better choices. True to its predecessor, though, the C63 makes drifting as easy as tapping your big toe.”- caranddriver

Engine and Transmission

The engine on duty in the 2017 Mercedes AMG C63 is a 4.0L biturbo V8 motor that is paired with a razor sharp 7 speed automatic gearbox. The engine produces 469 hp and 479 lb-ft torque direct to the rear wheels. The real life feel and power of the car makes the engine stats look rather conservative. The C63 is actually a tire shredding muscle car in the guise of a German coupe.

The Merc AMG C63 is the fastest car in the segment on paper. Not too far behind with a little less power is the Lexus RC F and the Cadillac ATS-V with 467 hp and 464 hp respectively.

Models

Mercedes Benz AMG C63 2dr

Cadillac ATS-V 2dr

BMW M4 2dr

Lexus RC F 2dr

MSRP

$67,000

$62,895

$66,200

$64,165

Engine

4.0L V8

3.6L V6

3.0L i6

5.0L V8

Transmission

7 Speed automatic

6 Speed manual

6 Speed manual

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

469 hp@5500rpm

464 hp@5850 rpm

425 hp@5500rpm

467 hp@7100rpm

Torque

479 ft-lb@1750 rpm

445 ft-lb@3500rpm

406 ft-lb@1850rpm

389 ft-lb@4800rpm

Acceleration

Push the pedal to the metal and the following acceleration on the Merc AMG C63 is like a unique experience that only an AMG can provide. The throttle response is almost instant and you are pushed into your seat in no time. 0-60 mph comes up in 4.2 seconds while a quarter of a mile takes 12.7 seconds.

All the vehicles in the segment post almost similar 0 to 60 mph timings ranging from 4.1 seconds to 4.3 seconds. Quarter of a mile comes up the fastest in the BMW M4 at 12.4 seconds.

Models

Mercedes Benz AMG C63 2dr

Cadillac ATS-V 2dr

BMW M4 2dr

Lexus RC F 2dr

0-60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.2 sec

4.1 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter mile

12.7 sec

12.5 sec

12.4 sec

12.8 sec

Engine

4.0L V8

3.6L V6

3.0L i6

5.0L V8

Emission

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

9.3

9.3

8.8

9.3

Ride and Handling

There is no denying that the Merc AMG C63 is a hefty car and the weight does become apparent when really pushing the car to the limit. But, the car is still one of the best handling cars in its segment. It hugs the corners like a much more expensive car and pulls out of them through the help of its seamless power delivery.

The suspension and overall ride quality is great over smooth tarmac but the moment you encounter a bad patch of road, the ride quality becomes unnerving with rattles and creaks making their way inside the cabin.

Braking

The Merc AMG C63 features a set of 15.4 inch brake rotors in the front and 14.2 inch brake rotors in the rear. The overall brake feel and response are optimized to near perfection. A 60-0 mph halt comes up in 103 ft.

All the cars in the segment stand almost neck to neck with each other. Braking distance amongst the car ranges from 101 to 103 ft. The Lexus RC F is the only vehicle that takes 108 ft to stop.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG C63 2dr

Cadillac ATS-V 2dr

BMW M4 2dr

Lexus RC F 2dr

Brake Front (in.)

15.4

14.5

15

15

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

13.3

14.6

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4074

3803

3565

3958

60-0 MPH (ft.)

103

101

104

108

Fuel Economy

As mentioned before, the Merc AMG C63 emulates a muscle car and just like a said car, it is a fuel guzzler. It returns a paltry fuel economy of 19 mpg combined when driver conservatively. Expect a sharp drop when pushing to the redline frequently.

All the rivals are almost evenly matched with each other in terms of fuel economy with most of them returning 19 mpg combined.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG C63 2dr

Cadillac ATS-V 2dr

BMW M4 2dr

Lexus RC F 2dr

MPG (city)

17

16

17

16

MPG (highway)

23

23

26

25

MPG (combined)

19

19

20

19

Interior

“The interior is impeccably crafted. There are plenty of available cutting-edge features.” - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The best thing about buying any Merc is the opulence and the comfort on the inside. The Merc AMG C63 offers a high quality cabin the is not too far from the S-class. The seats are heavily bolstered and offer a great a seating surface with just the right amount of support all around. The rear seats however, are best left for the kids because they are too cramp for even a normal sized adult.

The Lexus RC F offer the most leg space in the front but the BMW M4 offers the most leg space in the rear. Shoulder room and legroom is also the biggest on the the M4 both in the rear and front.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG C63 2dr

Cadillac ATS-V 2dr

BMW M4 2dr

Lexus RC F 2dr

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.8/54.8/42.0

37.6/54.1/42.3

39.8/55.3/42.2

39.0/50.7/45.4

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.6/51.7/32.0

35.1/51.1/33.5

36.1/51.7/33.7

34.8/46.1/27.3

Infotainment System

The infotainment system on the Merc AMG C63 consists of a 7 inch freestanding hi-def touchscreen. All the features on the screen can be accessed through the help of a centrally mounted knob which can be a tad over sensitive at times. All in all, the bevy of features make the MMI a little complicated but nothing that one can’t get used to over time.

Interior Features

Some of the interior features of the Merc AMG C63 are

  • 7 inch infotainment screen
  • Leather upholstery
  • Premium audio system
  • Steel and carbon interior inserts

Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity is not the strongest suit of the Merc AMG C63 but it handles whatever space it has rather well. The boot has a cargo volume of 10.5 cube.feet which is not too big by any standards.

All the vehicles in the segment except the BMW M4 which has a 11.0 cube.ft cargo volume offer almost the same amount of boot space.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG C63 2dr

Cadillac ATS-V 2dr

BMW M4 2dr

Lexus RC F 2dr

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

10.5

10.4

11.0

10.1

Exterior

“A top-notch chassis helps deliver hero status. The structure is rock solid and yet feels much more nimble than its two-ton curb weight suggests.”- Motortrend

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Merc AMG C63 is a not a particularly stunning car to look at from the outside. But, it's the subtle design elements that make it what it is today. The vehicle is perfectly balanced and is not too heavy literally or lookwise from either side. That being said, the does weigh a rather bulky 4074 lbs.

The Merc AMG C63 is the heaviest and the longest vehicle amongst its rivals. The 2nd spot is taken up by the Lexus RC F at 3958 lbs.

Model

Mercedes Benz AMG C63 2dr

Cadillac ATS-V 2dr

BMW M4 2dr

Lexus RC F 2dr

Curb weight (lbs.)

4074

3803

3565

3958

Length(in)

187.0

184.7

184.6

185.2

Width(in)

73.9

72.5

73.6

72.6

Height(in)

55.1

54.5

54.4

54.7

Ground clearance (in)

4.4

4.9

4.7

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

111.8

109.3

110.7

107.5

Track width (in) F/R

64.4/62.7

60.5/61.4

62.2/63.1

61.2/61.4

Exterior Features

Some of the key exterior features of the Merc AMG C63 are

  • Flared wheel arches
  • Aggressive front fascia
  • Quad exhausts
  • Blackened alloy wheels

Safety

Being a flagship German sports coupe, safety features are aplenty on the Merc AMG C63 Sedan. All the basic features such as airbags, ABS, ESP, emergency brake assist are present on the C63.

There are no high end features such as night vision camera etc on offer but an optional safety pack can be included to add some extra active safety features.

Safety Features

  • Collision prevention assist plus
  • 8 air bags offering 10-way protection
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • ATTENTION ASSIST and PRE-SAFE
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • Emergency-sensing Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Blind Spot Assist

Competition

Mercedes AMG C63 VS Cadillac ATS-V

The Cadillac ATS-V just like the Merc AMG C63 is a performance brute that acts quite similar to a muscle car. The performance from the supercharged engine is seemingly endless. The Caddy is about $8k cheaper than the C63 and the performance figures are almost at par. Hence, if performance is what you desire, the ATS-V is a viable option,

But, when it comes to judging the overall car as a whole, the Caddy is nowhere near the fit and finish of the Merc AMG C63. Hence, spend a few extra bucks and you shall get a much more complete car.

Mercedes AMG C63 VS BMW M4

The BMW M4 has always been the biggest competitor of the Merc AMG C63 and for good reason. The way the BMW delivery its power is very different and much more streamlined than the Merc. When it comes to interior, they are almost neck to neck but the C63 takes it away by much less than you think.

Simply put, if the C63 is a muscle car, the M4 is a track car, the choice is yours.

Mercedes AMG C63 VS Lexus RC F

Lexus, the Japanese carmaker, has also taken a dig at heavyweights in the segment with the RC-F. The car is brilliant to look at and probably the most flamboyant amongst the rivals. The engine stats are on paper at par too.

But, the real life performance of the car has a lot of catching up to do. The interior are good but they lag behind the Germans in terms of usability. Hence, RC F makes sense only if you want to be the odd one out.

Final Verdict

The Merc AMG C63 very appropriately follows the traditions of its predecessors. It is a true muscle cars in the guise of a sports coupe. Even the exhaust note emancipating from the rear is throaty and very similar to the muscle cars of old days. The car relies on sheer power to carry it out of slick corners and it does so with relative ease.

When it comes to interior and overall comfort, there is none quite like it and future owners would love to be cocooned inside the luxurious cabin for long drives. Overall, the 2017 Merc AMG C63 is as good of a car as Merc has ever built.

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