The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S model range: More agility for the powerhouse of the C-Class

Powerful V8 engines, thrilling driving dynamics and distinct design have made the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S model range a bestseller.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S
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The Sedan, Coupé and Cabriolet (combined fuel consumption: 10.4-9.9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 236-227 g/km)[1] now feature a sharper exterior, a modernised interior and even more agility. The fast-shifting AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission, the electronically controlled rear-axle differential, and the nine-stage AMG TRACTION CONTROL take longitudinal and lateral dynamics to a new level. AMG DYNAMICS enhances driving pleasure, too: this built-in dynamic handling control extends the functions of the ESP®, allowing precisely measured torque distribution on the rear axle (Torque Vectoring), which increases agility while maintaining a high level of stability.

The new C 63 S has a more emotive look, too: the AMG-specific radiator trim underscores the brand identity while emphasising the muscular appearance. The interior benefits from an optional fully digital cockpit with unmistakable AMG displays and the new generation of AMG steering wheels.

The C 63 S is the bedrock of Mercedes-AMG. Drivers and fans love it because it is one of a kind in its segment. Its signature feature is the immensely powerful eight-cylinder engine -- the V8 is an unshakeable part of the AMG brand identity. The rear-wheel drive, the AMG-specific suspension and the athletic overall appearance likewise set the C 63 S apart from its competitors. It also offers a wealth of individualisation options, including three body versions and an extensive range of optional extras.

“The AMG C-Class is our best-selling model series and therefore a key cornerstone of our company's success. But when it comes to the pinnacle of C-Class performance, there is one model in particular that stands out – the C 63s. The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is more striking and expressive than ever; not just due to its new front design featuring AMG-specific radiator grille, but also on account of the re-designed rear which contributes to the athletic design of the vehicle. It’s also a rear-wheel drive icon and with its AMG-specific chassis, the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is an exceptional performance vehicle,”

says Selvin Govender, Marketing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

The comprehensive model update includes a raft of measures with one thing in mind above all: to further sharpen the longitudinal and lateral dynamics. One of the new features in the C 63 S is the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission with wet start-off clutch (previously 7-speed transmission). It allows faster bursts of speed and more spontaneous responses to the driver's accelerator pedal input. In addition, the rear-axle limited-slip differential fitted as standard is now electronically controlled on all versions, allowing more precise traction control.

AMG TRACTION CONTROL enables the slip on the rear axle to be controlled in nine stages, which keen drivers should appreciate, especially when driving on the race track and under changeable road conditions. The new, integrated dynamic handling control system AMG DYNAMICS enhances driving enjoyment, too.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission with shorter shift times

The C 63 S now makes use for the first time of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission, which the Mercedes-AMG developers have tuned specifically for a dynamic driving experience. A wet start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. This saves weight and optimises the response to the driver's accelerator pedal input, particularly during acceleration and load changes.

The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in the "Sport" and "Sport+" drive programs makes for an even more emotive driving experience. Defined ignition adjustments also provide faster gear shifts in the other modes. In all modes moving off occurs in first gear in order to always guarantee a dynamic driving experience.

"Manual" mode can be selected using a separate button in the centre console. The gear changes are based on the selected drive program, and the driver can now change gear using the paddles on the steering wheel. Moreover, the transmission stays in the selected gear and does not automatically shift up when the engine speed reaches the limit.

Up to six drive programs for an individual driving experience

The handling characteristics of the new C 63 S can be modified by selecting from the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs: "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+", "RACE" and "Individual". This changes important parameters such as engine and transmission response, steering characteristics, suspension damping, and exhaust sound. The programs are selected using the paddle in the centre console and then visualised in the instrument cluster and on the multimedia display.

  • "Slippery": the new "Slippery" drive program is optimised for slippery road conditions, with reduced power and a flat engine curve.
  • "Comfort": comfortable and fuel-efficient driving with very early upshifts. Suspension and steering are set up for an emphasis on comfort.
  • "Sport": sporty characteristics due to a more agile response to the driver's accelerator pedal input, shorter shift times, earlier downshifts and significantly more emotive gear shifts owing to double-declutching. A more dynamic suspension and steering set-up.
  • "Sport+": extremely sporty characteristics thanks to an even more agile throttle response, increased acoustic emphasis on double-declutching on downshifts as well as selective torque control on upshifts with cylinder suppression for optimal shift times. Increased idle speed for faster pull-away. An even more dynamic suspension, steering and drivetrain set-up.
  • "Individual": personalised drive system, suspension, transmission, AMG DYNAMICS and the exhaust system.
  • "RACE": the C 63 S additionally features the "RACE" drive program for highly dynamic driving on closed-off race tracks, in which all the parameters are configured for maximum performance.

AMG DYNAMICS enhances agility and safety

The C 63 S offers AMG DYNAMICS, a new feature of the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs. This built-in dynamic handling control extends the functions of the ESP® (Electronic Stability Program), allowing precisely measured torque distribution on the rear axle (Torque Vectoring), which increases agility while maintaining a high level of stability. AMG DYNAMICS optimises lateral dynamics and maximises traction when cornering.

Particularly remarkable: AMG DYNAMICS calculates how the vehicle will react. To do this, the system uses the available sensors that detect the speed, the steering angle or the yaw rate, for instance. Based on the pilot-control principle it is possible to anticipate the vehicle behaviour on the basis of the driver's actions and the data from the sensors. The control system reacts in this way before the driver can – and with no noticeable or disruptive intervention by the system. The driver gets an authentic driving feel with high cornering dynamics and optimum traction as well as high stability and predictable handling. Even experienced drivers receive optimum assistance without being patronised by the system.

The different AMG DYNAMICS modes are named "Basic", "Advanced", "Pro" and "Master". The drive program selection indicated on the multimedia display now shows the new AMG DYNAMICS symbol with the relevant additional term instead of the previous ESP® symbol.

  • "Basic" is assigned to the "Slippery" and "Comfort" drive programs. Here the C 63 S demonstrates exceptionally stable handling characteristics with high yaw damping.
  • "Advanced" is activated in the "Sport" program. The C 63 S remains neutrally balanced. The lower yaw damping, lower steering angle requirement and enhanced agility support dynamic manoeuvres such as driving on winding country roads.
  • "Pro" (short for "Professional") belongs to the "Sport+" program.  In "Pro" the driver receives even more assistance for dynamic driving manoeuvres while agility and precision when cornering are further enhanced.
  • "Master" is linked to the RACE drive program. "Master" mode is aimed at drivers who want to experience dynamism and driving enjoyment on closed-off circuits. "Master" offers a vehicle balance with slight oversteer, a low steering angle requirement and more agile steering. In this way, "Master" ensures maximum agility and fully exploits the dynamic potential of the new C 63 S.

To enter "Master" mode, the driver must switch the ESP® to ESP® SPORT handling mode or to ESP® OFF using the separate button in the centre console. This is indicated to the driver in the head unit. 

In the "Individual" drive program, the driver can select their own desired AMG DYNAMICS stage: Basic, Advanced, Pro or Master.

Irrespective of the drive programs, as before it is possible to use the display buttons in the centre console to directly select manual transmission mode, the favoured suspension level and also the exhaust system, for instance.

Slip preselectable in nine levels: AMG TRACTION CONTROL

AMG TRACTION CONTROL allows the driver to have an even more precise influence on the handling characteristics of the new C 63 S. It allows preselection of the slip on the rear axle in one of nine levels. To start with, the driver must switch off the ESP® using the separate button in the centre console (ESP® OFF position). Depending on the setting, the system permits more or less slip on the rear wheels ‑ very helpful in varying road conditions. Corresponding characteristic maps are stored in the vehicle electronics to this end. Level 1 is programmed for driving in the wet with high safety reserves. Level 9 allows maximum slip on the rear axle.

Control is via the controller on the new AMG performance steering wheel. Three yellow and six red light spots are used to indicate the current setting in the integrated controller display and in the instrument cluster's central display.

The AMG development has a major advantage over conventional systems in that it anticipates situations with the help of a virtual µ (mu) simulator and other data processed by a control unit within a fraction of a second.

The maximum permissible drive slip on the rear wheels is calculated depending on the selected AMG TRACTION CONTROL level. When the wheels reach this level of slip during acceleration, the traction control modulates the engine output so that this level is not exceeded and the C 63 S continues accelerating with this specified slip.

The driver receives assistance for one of the most challenging aspects of driving, namely selecting the optimum engine torque and the optimum torque increase when accelerating out of a turn. Drivers can get as much grip as they want and have dialled in. The precisely measured power delivery of the engine when accelerating out of a turn is one of the most important criteria for achieving a top lap time.

With adaptive damping adjustment: the AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension

With its adjustable, electronically controlled damping system, the AMG RIDE CONTROL steel suspension of the C 63 S provides both sporty driving dynamics and the brand's hallmark comfort on long journeys. The basis for this is formed by the 4-link front axle and multi-link independent rear suspension. The AMG-specific kinematics and elastokinematics with newly developed components result in very high camber stability when cornering at speed.

The adaptive damping adjustment comes as standard. This fully automatic, electronically controlled system adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current requirements. This improves driving safety and ride comfort. The damping is adjusted individually for each wheel, and depends on the driving style, the road surface and the selected suspension setting. The ideal operating point can be selected at all times on the basis of a broad scope of information relating to acceleration or vehicle speed, for example.

Via a switch on the centre console, the driver can select between three different sets of damper characteristics, namely "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport+", and thus individually influence the driving experience — from highly comfortable to sportily taut.

Rear-axle limited-slip differential: optimal traction, even on the race track

For improved traction and driving dynamics, all C 63 S models are equipped with an electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential. It reduces the slip on the inner wheel. The result is that it allows the driver to accelerate out of corners earlier because of the improved traction. The car remains more stable when braking from high speeds, and the limited-slip differential also improves traction when accelerating fast from a standing start. The greatest benefit of the electronically controlled locking differential is the especially sensitive and fast control, which pushes the critical threshold higher, making it even easier to drive at the vehicle's limits.

Unique offering in the segment with V8 biturbo engine

The proven AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine puts out 375 kW, while the maximum torque is 700 Nm. Depending on body style, the C 63 S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The C 63 S Sedan and Coupé have a top speed of 290 km/h, and the C 63 S Cabriolet reaches 280 km/h (electronically limited in each case).

V8 biturbo closely related to engine in the Mercedes-AMG GT

The 4.0-litre eight-cylinder biturbo engine is already used in numerous AMG performance vehicles. A characteristic feature is that the two turbochargers are positioned not on the outside of the cylinder banks, but inside the cylinder "V". The main advantages of this design are the compact engine construction and optimal response.

The spray-guided direct petrol injection system ensures clean and efficient combustion with high thermodynamic efficiency. Fast-acting piezo injectors enable multiple injections of fuel to be delivered to the engine on demand and with the utmost precision.

The large cooling system guarantees the performance of the engine even under extreme loading ‑ such as at track days on a racing circuit. The same is true for the flow-optimised cylinder heads, which are made of a special heat-resistant alloy. Continuous adjustment of the intake and exhaust camshafts improves power delivery and efficiency. It delivers excellent throttle response and optimises the charge cycle for every operating point. An oil pump with variable control also contributes to low fuel consumption.

One technician assembles each engine in the engine shop in Affalterbach according to the "one man ‑ one engine" principle.

C 63 S with dynamic engine mounts as standard

The powerful C 63 S comes with dynamic engine mounts. These resolve the conflicting aims of comfort and dynamic performance by reducing vibrations in the engine/transmission unit. These dynamic mounts are instantly and variably able to adapt their rigidity to the driving conditions and style of driving. Soft engine mounts improve comfort, as they provide more effective decoupling of noise and vibration. However, handling and agility benefit from a generally stiffer mount set-up. The driver feels more connected to the vehicle when driving dynamically, as there is more feedback and the steering response is more direct. All in all the driver benefits from more precise vehicle control: minimised mass movements of the major assemblies mean less corrective action needs to be taken by the driver when steering into bends.

Even greater emphasis on brand identity: the exterior design

The exterior of the new C 63 S underscores the brand identity of the performance models with the AMG-specific radiator trim with vertical louvres in high-gloss chrome. With a redesigned transverse fin in the outer air inlets, the front apron in A-wing design gives an even stronger emphasis to the width of the vehicle.

When viewed from the side, eye-catching features include the sporty side skirts plus aerodynamically optimised AMG light-alloy wheels. Their specifically designed outer aero rings and spoke geometry which has been optimised in the wind tunnel help to improve air flow around the wheels and thus increase aerodynamic efficiency. The developers aimed for the optimal combination of aerodynamics, weight and brake cooling, for maximum performance and optimum efficiency.

The aerodynamically optimised wheel designs for the C 63 S come 19-inch five-twin-spoke design with painted in tantalite grey with a high-sheen finish, as standard.

Redesigned rear view

The rear view, too, with two remodelled twin tailpipe trim elements in high-gloss chrome, has a muscular look, which is reinforced by the new, more expressive rear diffuser. The lateral air curtain look of the rear apron makes for improved air flow at the rear end, as does the spoiler lip on the boot lid which is painted in the vehicle colour.

The optional AMG Aerodynamics package for the C 63 S Coupé provides an even sportier look: the more expressive front splitter, spoiler lip with integral Gurney flap, broader side skirt inserts, flics in the rear bumper and more expressive diffuser insert are finished in high-gloss black.

New trim and equipment details: the interior design

The interior reinforces the dynamic calibre of the new C 63 S with numerous details. The standard specification includes the classic-sporty equipment with seat covers in black Nappa leather, combined with trim in black piano-lacquer look/light longitudinal-grain aluminium.

New options for all three body styles include trim in anthracite open-pore oak wood, open-pore walnut wood plus the combination of longitudinal-grain aluminium for the doors and black open-pore ash wood for the centre console. Additionally available are AMG trim in carbon fibre/light longitudinal-grain aluminium and AMG trim in matte silver fibreglass.

Performance seats with extended features

The optional AMG Performance seats provide optimum lateral support when adopting a dynamic driving style thanks to the special design of the seat side bolsters of the seat cushion and backrest. As an option, the seat side bolsters can be perfectly adjusted to the body contours by means of built-in air cushions. The Performance seats additionally lend the interior a sporty, distinctive character with their integral head restraints. The seats can not only be heated, but now also climatised in three levels in conjunction with leather upholstery. For the Cabriolet, there is also the optional AIRSCARF neck-level heating.

Interior with innovative control and display concept

Whether with touchpad and Controller, touch control buttons on the steering wheel or by voice control: the operating system of the C 63 S is just as versatile as it is flexible. All options are aimed at enabling the control tasks to be carried out as conveniently, quickly and appropriately to the situation as possible.

Just as flexible is the display of the optional fully digital instrument cluster in front of the driver with 31.2 cm (12.3-inch) screen diagonal, which brings the vehicle functions directly to life with the three AMG-specific display styles of "Classic", "Sporty" or "Supersport".

A host of additional AMG information

Via the specific AMG menu, the driver is able to call up a host of additional information to make the driving experience even sportier:

  • Warm-up: engine and transmission oil temperature plus charge pressure as Boost display
  • Set-up: current status of systems such as the drive system, suspension, AMG Dynamics, exhaust system, ESP®, transmission
  • G-Force: display of current g-forces in a coordinate system and ability to save maximum values
  • Race Timer: manual stopwatch for lap times and colour display of fastest and slowest laps, plus average speed and distance
  • The AMG TRACK PACE is now a standard. Instead of "Race Timer" the instrument cluster shows the "AMG TRACK PACE" menu, with visualisations of race tracks, sector and lap times
  • There is also a specific AMG TRACK PACE view in the optional head-up display (HUD) with circuit graphic, bends, braking points, delta speed and absolute times
  • Engine data: engine torque / rated output in a bar chart plus charge pressure as Boost display

In addition there is a digital display of the speed and the currently engaged gear. Manual transmission mode is identified by a yellow "M" and a prompt to shift up when reaching maximum engine speed, a touch inspired by the world of Formula 1.

The visualisations in the central media display equally enable further vehicle functions to be experienced even better, among other things through animated presentation of the driving assistance, vehicle and communication systems. A media display measuring 26.0 cm (10.25-inch) with a resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels comes as standard with COMAND Online.

Firm grip guaranteed: the new generation of AMG steering wheels

Extremely sporty design, a grippy shape with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation are the key attributes of the new AMG steering wheel. It has a flattened bottom section and is perforated in the grip area. The galvanised steering wheel gearshift paddles allow an even sportier driving style with manual gear shifting. The steering wheel comes as standard with a rim in microfibre DINAMICA. The AMG steering wheel is optionally available in nappa leather with trim in black piano lacquer, DINAMICA all-round as well as DINAMICA with trim in high-gloss carbon fibre.

The built-in Touch Control buttons are a new feature. These can be used to control the functions of the instrument cluster (right) and the multimedia system (left) by means of horizontal and vertical swiping movements of the finger. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and the cruise control are adjusted in the control panels on the right. The control panels on the left are used to activate the voice control and telephone, and to regulate the sound volume, music selection and other functions of the multimedia system.

The new performance steering wheel is equipped with innovative additional elements. They consist of a round controller with an integral display beneath the right-hand steering-wheel spoke, plus two vertically positioned colour display buttons beneath the left-hand steering-wheel spoke.

The AMG drive programs can be actuated directly via the controller. The selected drive program is shown on the colour LCD display directly integrated in the controller.

With the two freely configurable display buttons and the additional switches, further AMG functions can be controlled within easy reach, directly on the steering wheel. This means that the driver can concentrate fully on dynamic driving without having to take their hands off the wheel. Each function required can be depicted on the other LCD display, and its switch is tapped by the driver to set the respective function. The driver's two preferred AMG functions can be defined in this way and the settings changed with just one tap of the finger.

Direct and with clear feedback: the AMG speed-sensitive steering

The electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering has a constant ratio. It impresses with its precise, authentic feedback. The steering servo assistance is reduced at high speeds, and continuously increases at lower speeds. This means that comparatively little steering force is required at low speeds, and that the best possible control over the vehicle is maintained at high speeds. The steering servo assistance in the two modes "Comfort" and "Sport" is automatically linked with the currently selected drive program.

Exhaust system with flap technology for a differentiated engine sound

The typical V8 engine sound is another key element of the AMG driving experience. The C 63 S comes as standard with an AMG exhaust system with a variable flap. This is steplessly map-controlled depending on the drive program, the power demanded by the driver and the engine speed. The engine sound varies accordingly between discreet/suitable for long-distance driving, and robust/emotively appealing. A Performance exhaust system with three selectable exhaust flaps is optionally available. This gives the driver an even wider sound range. In any case, the exhaust systems are designed in such a way that all statutory noise limits are complied with at all times, irrespective of the flap position.

Wellness on long-distance journeys: ENERGIZING comfort control

The optional ENERGIZING comfort control is also available for the new C 63 S. It networks together the various comfort systems in the vehicle and uses specific functions of the air conditioning and seats (heating, ventilation) plus lighting and music moods. Depending on the mood or requirement of the driver, it generates a special wellness set-up to enhance well-being and performance.

Technical data at a glance

 

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S

Sedan

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S

Coupé

Engine

4.0-litre V8 with two turbochargers

4.0-litre V8 with two turbochargers

Displacement

3982 cc

3982 cc

Max. output

375 kW at 5500-6250 rpm

375 kW at 5500-6250 rpm

Peak torque

700 Nm at 2000-4500 rpm

700 Nm at 2000-4500 rpm

Drive system

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Transmission

AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G

AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G

Combined fuel consumption

9.9 l/100 km*

10.1 l/100 km*

Combined CO2 emissions

227 g/km*

230 g/km*

Efficiency class

G

F

Acceleration
0-100 km/h

4.0 s

3.9 s

Top speed

290 km/h**

290 km/h**

Retail price (ZAR)

1 546 600

1 609 100

* The stated (provisional) figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the "NEDC CO2 figures" according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated on the basis of these figures.
** Electronically limited

 

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Cabriolet

Engine

4.0-litre V8 with two turbochargers

Displacement

3982 cc

Output

375 kW at 5500-6250 rpm

Peak torque

700 Nm at 2000-4500 rpm

Drive system

Rear-wheel drive

Transmission

AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G

Combined fuel consumption

10.4 l/100 km*

Combined CO2 emissions

236 g/km*

Efficiency class

F

Acceleration
0-100 km/h

4.1 s

Top speed

280 km/h**

Retail price (ZAR)

1 728 700

* The stated (provisional) figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the "NEDC CO2 figures" according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated on the basis of these figures.
** Electronically limited

 

[1] The stated figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the "NEDC CO2 figures" according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures.


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