Strong V8 engines, thrilling driving dynamics and identifying, motorsport-inspired gear have turned into the top-of-the-range versions of the C-Class from Mercedes-AMG to best-sellers. The C 63 perfectly embodies the core of the functionality and sports car brand and today offers, in the guise of the Sedan, Coupe and Cabriolet better dynamics and a more modern interior with extended individualization choices. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9-speed transmission with wet start-off clutch makes for a much more nimble gearshift response. Greater driving pleasure is guaranteed also by the redefined drive applications, which allow further differentiation of the street performance of their eight-cylinder engine. Visually, the appearances of the new C 63 are much more visually appealing: the AMG-specific radiator trim underscores the brand identity while highlighting the muscular look. The interior benefits from an optional fully digital cockpit with unmistakable AMG displays as well as the new generation of AMG steering wheels.
“The AMG C-Class is our best-selling model series and therefore a key cornerstone of our company’s achievement of recent years. We have therefore increasingly expanded our C-Class offer: customers can now choose between twelve models from the C-Class family globally. As part of the most recent facelift, we’ve updated all variants of the model series even more substantially,” says Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The perfected driving dynamics and expressive design underscore the powerful, muscular character of the rear-wheel drive icon.”
The impressive driving dynamics are based, among other things, on the elaborately retuned AMG RIDE CONTROL steel suspension with adaptive damping adjustment, electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential, which is now standard on all C 63 versions, and lively engine mounts, which are part of the standard equipment on all C 63 S versions.
Even greater emphasis on brand identity: the exterior layout
The outside of the new C 63 underscores the brand identity of the performance models with the AMG-specific radiator trim with vertical louvers in high-gloss chrome. With a redesigned transverse fin at the outer air inlets, the front bumper in A-wing design gives a much stronger emphasis to the width of the car.
When seen from the side, eye-catching features include the sporty side skirts and aerodynamically optimized AMG light-alloy wheels. Their specifically designed outer aero rings and spoke geometry that has been optimized in the wind tunnel help to improve air flow around the wheels and thus increase aerodynamic efficiency. The developers aimed for the best combination of aerodynamics, weight and brake coolingsystem, for maximum performance and optimum efficiency.
The rear view, too, with two remodeled twin tailpipe trim components in high- gloss chrome, includes a muscular appearance, which can be reinforced by the new, more expressive diffuser. The S-versions are also provided with a diffuser board. The lateral air curtain look of the back bumper makes for improved air flow in the back end, as does the spoiler lip on the trunk lid, which can be painted in the vehicle color.
The optional AMG Aerodynamics package for your C 63 Coupe provides an even sportier look: the more expressive front splitter, spoiler lip with integral Gurney flap, wider side skirt inserts, flics from the rear bumper and much more expressive diffuser insert are finished in high-gloss black.
New trim and equipment particulars: the interior design
The interior reinforces the energetic caliber of the new C 63 with numerous details. The standard specification includes the classic-sporty equipment with black seat covers in MB-Tex / DINAMICA microfiber, combined with trim in Natural Grain Black Ash Wood and Brushed Aluminum.
The options for the upholstery are Nappa leather in Black, Black with Grey accents, Red Pepper/Black, Platinum White Pearl/Black and, as a new option, Magma Grey/Black with Yellow contrasting topstitching. For the C-Class Sedan and a mix from the designo range includes diamond quilting in Saddle Brown/Black and Platinum White Pearl/Black.
Performance seats with extended features
The optional AMG Performance seats provide optimal lateral support when adopting a dynamic driving style as a result of the special design of this seat side bolsters of the seat cushion and backrest. The Performance seats also lend the interior a sporty, distinctive character with their integral head restraints. The seats can not only be warmed, but now also climatized in three degrees in conjunction with leather upholstery. For the C-Class Cabriolet, there is also standard AIRSCARF neck-level heating system. The AMG Performance seats are available in all upholstery options.
Interior with innovative display concept and operating system
Whether with touchpad and Controller, Touch Control Buttons on the steering wheel or via voice entry: the operating system of the C 63 is just as versatile as it is flexible. All choices are aimed at allowing 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 12.3-inch screen diagonal, which brings the vehicle functions directly to life with the three AMG-specific display styles of “Classic,” “Progressive” or “Sport.”
Extremely sporty design, a grippy shape with a heavily contoured rim and intuitive operation are the key attributes of the new AMG steering wheel in Nappa leather, which comes as standard equipment. On the C 63 S, the steering wheel comes as standard with a rim in Nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber (optional for C 63). 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 fiber.
The built-in Touch Control Buttons are a new feature. These may be used to control the functions of the instrument cluster (left) and the multimedia system (right) 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 left. The control panels on the right are utilized to activate the voice control and phone, and to regulate the audio volume, music choice and other purposes of the multimedia system.
As an option, the performance steering wheel can be equipped with AMG Drive Unit that offers extra innovative features. This option consists of a round control with an integral screen beneath the right-hand steering-wheel talked, and two vertically positioned color screen buttons beneath the left- hand steering-wheel spoke.
The AMG drive apps can be actuated directly through the controller. The selected drive program is shown on the colour LCD display directly incorporated in the controller.
With the two publicly configurable screen buttons and the additional switches, further AMG functions can be controlled within easy reach, right on the steering wheel. This means that the driver can focus fully on driving without having to take their hands off the wheel. Each function demanded can be depicted on the other LCD display, and its own switch is exploited by the driver to place the individual purpose. The driver’s two favored AMG functions can be defined in this way and the settings changed with only one tap of the finger.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT® MCT 9-speed transmission with shorter shift times
A wet start-off clutch proceeds to replace the torque converter. This saves weight and optimizes the response to the driver’s accelerator pedal input, particularly during acceleration and load changes.
The multiple downshift function permits more spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching operate in “Sport” and “Sport+” drive programs makes for a much more emotional driving experience. Defined ignition adjustments also provide quicker gear shifts from the other modes. In most modes moving off happens in first gear in order to always guarantee a dynamic driving experience.
“Manual” mode can be selected using a separate button in the middle console. The gear changes are based on the selected drive program, and the driver can now change equipment 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.
Yet more differentiation in driving experiences: AMG DYNAMICS
Based on the engine up to six push programs are available: “Slippery,” “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport+,” “RACE” and “Individual.” These levels are selectable through the gearshift paddle in the middle console and stored together with the new drive program attribute AMG DYNAMICS, which is adjusted to match the C 63’s handling characteristics to different demands and driving conditions in a considerably more differentiated way.
Underneath the umbrella term AMG DYNAMICS would be the agility functions “Basic,” “Advanced,” “Guru” and “Master,” which are automatically selected by the various drive program. Parameters related to driving, like the response of the engine and suspension or the control thresholds of this fully redeveloped ESP®, are adapted according to the drive program.
The “Master” mode, which is included in the RACE drive program, guarantees optimal agility and makes perfect use of the C 63’s high driving dynamics potential – for example by way of higher yaw rates and faster reaction of accelerator, gearshift and electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential.
No matter the drive programs, as before the driver can use the screen buttons in the middle console to directly choose manual transmission mode, their preferred suspension level and also the exhaust system, for instance.
Data logger for use on the race track: AMG Track Pace
As the digital race engineer for recording data when driving closed-off race tracks, AMG Track Pace provides a significantly extended and much more precise scope of functions. On the C 63 S, AMG Track Pace is a standard (C 63: optional) part of the optional COMAND infotainment system.
If this function is enabled, while driving on a race track, over 80 vehicle- specific sets of information (e.g. rate, acceleration) are listed ten times per second. On top of this there are screens of lap and sector times as well as the respective gap for a reference period. Since specific display elements are displayed in green or red, the driver can see at a glance without reading numbers whether he/she is currently slower or faster than the ideal time.
After putting in some fast laps, the driver may use the data to analyses and, if necessary, enhance his or her driving skills. Additionally, acceleration and deceleration values (e.g. 0-60 mph, 1/4 mile, 60-0 mph) can be measured and stored. Thanks to a new developed algorithm that determines the vehicle position as precisely as possible, AMG Track Pace even detects if the circuit is left or shortened. Alongside GPS data, the sensors available from the vehicle (acceleration, gyroscope, steering angle, wheel speeds) are used.
The data are displayed on the multimedia screen, in the instrument cluster and on the head-up screen. Known race tracks, for instance the Nürburgring or Spa Francorchamps, are already saved. Furthermore, it’s also possible to record your own circuits. The map display can be changed from 2D to 3D and upgraded online.
With adaptive damping modification: AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension
With its adjustable, electronically controlled damping system, the AMG RIDE CONTROL steel suspension of the C 63 provides both sporty driving dynamics and brand-typical 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 axial brake link on the front axle supports the agile and precise handling.
The adaptive damping adjustment comes as standard. This enhances driving safety and ride comfort. The damping is adjusted individually for each wheel, and depends on the driving style, the road surface along with the chosen 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 automobile speed, for example.
Via a switch on the center 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: optimum traction, including on the race track
This reduces the slip on the inner wheel when cornering, with no control intervention in the braking system. The result is that it allows the driver to accelerate out of corners earlier thanks to the enhanced traction. The best advantage of this electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential is the particularly sensitive and quick control, which pushes the critical threshold higher, making it even easier to drive at the vehicle’s limits.
Direct and with clear feedback: the AMG speed-sensitive steering
The electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering has a varying ratio. It impresses with its precise, authentic feedback. The steering servo assistance is reduced at high rates, and always increases at lower speeds. This means that relatively little steering force is required at low rates, and that the best possible control over the car is maintained at high speeds. The steering servo assistance in the two modes “Comfort” and “Sport” is automatically connected with the currently selected drive program.
Unique offering in the section with V8 biturbo engine
All three body styles are available as basic model and S-model: the proven Handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine in this case puts out 469 hp or 503 hp, while the maximum torque is 479 or 516 lb-ft. Based on body style, the C 63 S accelerates from zero to 60 mph in as fast as 3.8 seconds (preliminary) in the C63 S Coupe.
V8 biturbo closely related to engine at the Mercedes-AMG GT
The Handcrafted AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is already utilised in numerous AMG Performance vehicles. A characteristic feature is that the two turbochargers are positioned not on the exterior of the cylinder banks, however inside the cylinder “V.” The main benefits of this design are the compact engine structure and optimal response.
The spray-guided direct gasoline 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 motor on demand and with the utmost precision.
The large cooling system guarantees the operation of the engine even under extreme loading – such as at track days on the race track. The same is true for the flow-optimized cylinder heads, which are created from a special heat-resistant alloy. Continuous adjustment of the intake and exhaust camshafts improves power delivery and efficiency. It delivers excellent throttle response and optimizes the charge cycle for each and every operating point. An oil pump with variable control also contributes to reduced fuel consumption.
1 mechanic assembles each engine at the engine shop in Affalterbach according to the “one man – one engine” principle.
Exhaust system with flap technologies for a distinguished engine sound
The typical V8 engine sound is another important element of the AMG driving experience. The C 63 comes as standard with an AMG sport exhaust system with a variable flap. This is sleeplessly map-controlled depending on the drive application, the power demanded by the driver and the motor speed. The engine sound varies accordingly between discreet/suitable for long-distance driving, and robust/emotively appealing. The AMG Performance Exhaust System with three selectable exhaust flaps is available for both engine versions. This gives the driver an even wider sound range. In any case, the exhaust systems are designed in such a manner that all statutory noise limits are complied with at all times, no matter the flap position.
C 63 S with dynamic engine mounts as standard
The C 63 S comes with dynamic engine mounts. These solve the conflicting aims of relaxation and dynamic performance by reducing vibrations in the engine/transmission unit. These dynamic mounts are immediately 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 setup. The driver feels more connected to the vehicle when driving dynamically, since there’s more feedback and the steering response is more direct. All in all of the driver benefits from more precise vehicle control: diminished mass movements of the main assemblies mean less corrective actions to be taken by the driver when maneuvering into bends.
2019-model-year C 63 Coupe and Cabriolet variants will make their world automobile show premieres in the 2018 New York Auto Show on Wednesday, March 28. All AMG C 63 variations will go on sale by early 2019.