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2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive: 503hp of raw emotion

2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive: 503hp of raw emotion

You always remember your first AMG. Even simply listening to the Four.Zero-liter twin-turbo V8 engine firing up for the first time, beneath the bulging hood of what was in 2015 the all-new Mercedes-AMG C63 S, I used to be immediately in love. That’s why I’m completely positive with Mercedes-AMG protecting the identical engine on this mannequin yr 2019 AMG C63 S mid-cycle refresh, although that’s to not say Mercedes’ fearsome tuners have slept on the remaining of the automotive.

To show it, Mercedes introduced us to an all-you-can-drive monitor session at Bilster Berg, a killer monitor so fiendish it might have simply been designed by Devil himself. It’s not a course for the faint-hearted: almost each one of the 9 right-hand and 10-left-hand turns do a convincing impression of corners out to homicide you. Each inch of the two.6-mile-long rollercoaster – and I imply that near-literally – is a problem, not least the wild modifications in elevation: 26-percent over the course of the monitor, with a most slope of 21-percent. It’s one of probably the most difficult I’ve ever tackled, calls for respect, and most significantly it takes an enormous toll on the automotive you’re driving.

Mercedes-AMG is understood for delivering some automobiles that demand respect, too. Probably the most excessive model of the C-Class household continues to be obtainable as a sedan, coupe, or convertible, and in in C63 and C63 S. The usual AMG C63’s AMG Four.Zero-liter V8 bi-turbo energy plant churns out 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque from 1,750 rpm to Four,500 rpm. Energy is routed to the rear wheels by way of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed automated transmission, for a Zero to 60 mph dash of Three.9 seconds.

Because you’re already within the AMG territory, it is perhaps value your whereas to opt-in for a no-compromise C-Class; the AMG C63 S which, for my part, is completely the best way to go. Energy comes courtesy of a retuned model of the C63’s Four.Zero-liter bi-turbo V8, good for 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to Four,500 rpm. The engine is bolted to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed automated transmission to route all that energy to the rear wheels.

The result’s blistering velocity, with Zero to 60 mph arriving in solely Three.Eight-seconds and giving the BMW M3 with Competitors Package deal a critical run for its cash. Commonplace options for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S are an AMG-specific Panamericana grille design, reworked taillights, prolonged AMG Dynamics driving modes, new chrome quad tailpipes, and a extra aggressive diffuser. The C63 S additionally will get dynamic engine mounts as normal. Optionally available options for the AMG C63 are AMG efficiency seats, AMG ceramic composite entrance brakes, and the AMG Efficiency Exhaust System with selectable exhaust flaps.

“The AMG C-Class is our best-selling model series and therefore a key cornerstone of our company’s success of recent years,” Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, explains of the considering behind the refresh. “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 latest facelift, we have upgraded all variants of the model series even more substantially. This relates to the 43-series models and especially, of course, to the AMG C63. The perfected driving dynamics and expressive design underscore the powerful, muscular character of the rear-wheel drive icon.”

Icons can’t simply go quick, they should journey nicely too. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S pack a retuned model of the AMG Experience Management system, which makes use of metal springs with adaptive dampers and an electronically managed rear-axle limited-slip differential. Then the AMG GT R kindly donates its nine-stage traction management. If the C63 S was already a beastly automotive to start with, by permitting house owners to set the extent of traction management on the fly – on or off the monitor – that’s probably an enormous benefit over the competitors.

First, you flip the traction management utterly off. Within the C63 S, the press dials hanging down like a clumsy pair of fangs rework right into a toggle for the traction management. Ranges at 1, 2, and three maintain the traction system pretty concerned, whereas notching over to Four, 5, or 6 begins to let you’ve got some actual enjoyable. For professional-drivers – or silly drivers, take your decide – ranges 7, Eight, and 9 await, with the potential for max enjoyable or most restore payments.

After my first stint on the monitor, I instantly jumped into the AMG GT R with the drive teacher. There’s no approach in hell I’m taking one other lap on this course with out seeing the way it’s meant to be finished. It paid off, too: there’s nothing like seeing a brand new monitor via knowledgeable’s eyes. It helped spotlight some of the areas the place the C63 S’ core skills actually ship. The final flip, for instance, is an uphill, late-apex left hander that delivers you again to the entrance straight. I’m fairly positive this misleading nook has claimed many unexpecting victims, forgetting to wash off a ton of velocity, however within the Mercedes-AMG it was a chance to truly check out the traction management ranges and see how they assist you to throw the rear finish round.

I’m no idiot, I began at degree 1 and labored my means up, discovering the again of the automotive actually begins to kick out from stage 5 and past. It’s undoubtedly addictive, however screwing up meant catastrophe so, after getting a “feel” for the function because it’s meant, I didn’t need to push my luck. At decrease ranges the C63 S will step in to save lots of you; previous 6 or 7, you’re by yourself.

That’s an issue, as a result of getting your self right into a managed tail-induced drift within the C63 S is way too seductive to be prevented. AMG has undoubtedly hit a house run, delivering larger driving enjoyment over the previous automotive. The brand new suspension can routinely regulate its damping drive at every wheel to enhance dealing with, cornering, and experience consolation, relying on the chosen suspension setting and street floor. A change on the middle console toggles between Consolation, Sport, and Sport+, and which transforms the experience from supple to probably back-breaking in a heartbeat.

All of the revamped 2019 Mercedes AMG C63 fashions are additionally getting the latest-generation AMG steering wheel, with a closely contoured rim and galvanized shift paddles. The wheel additionally comes with built-in Contact Management Buttons, that can be utilized to regulate the features of the instrument cluster and the multimedia system. You are able to do this by horizontally or vertically swiping your finger throughout every pad. By default, the DISTRONIC adaptive cruise management is adjusted with the management panel on the left, whereas the touch-sensitive buttons on the fitting deal with the voice management, quantity, phone features, and multimedia.

Followers of the previous-gem Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S will probably be accustomed to the usual 7-speed transmission. This time round, the engineers noticed match to improve from the previous 7-speed to a brand new AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed automated, which guarantees faster and sharper gear modifications throughout all driving modes.

Equally new for the C63 is an digital differential, which was earlier reserved for the C63 S. Underneath a mountain of submenus you’ll be able to customise to your coronary heart’s want, with 4 totally different characters of torque-vectoring and differential conduct. AMG Dynamics, in the meantime, moreover permits you to set 4 additional ranges for the automotive’s general help: Primary, Advance, Professional, and Grasp. It’s a bit of complicated, I admit, however in the long term the granular settings permit for fine-tuning the automotive simply the best way you need it.

There’s lots to like concerning the new transmission. For a begin, there’s a full guide mode that may maintain gears and never upshift, even when you push the tachometer needle previous the redline. A moist start-off clutch has been used, as an alternative of the now-archaic torque converter, to save lots of weight and additional improve the throttle response. It additionally helps a number of downshifts and has a double-declutching perform within the Sport and Sport+ driving modes, so you’ll be able to persuade your self you’re just about Lewis Hamilton solely perhaps slightly higher. Truthfully, it’s so good, I just about left it alone to work its magic, permitting me to concentrate on the driving dynamics on the street and monitor.

Additionally commonplace on the 2019 AMG C63 and C63 S now’s an electronically-controlled rear axle limited-slip differential. It guarantees improved traction and extra partaking driving dynamics by decreasing slip on the within wheel as you assault a nook, and notably it does so with out utilizing the brakes. The result’s rocketing out of turns quicker than the Street Runner, but in addition quicker acceleration from a standing begin. This time round, I’m informed, it’s designed to be extra delicate, and react quicker, to wheel slip.

Inside, I’m delighted to see the up to date 12.Three-inch digital instrument cluster with reconfigurable show changing the dated analog gages discovered within the outgoing automotive. Whereas I do want Audi’s digital cockpit, Mercedes-AMG hasn’t stinted on customized options for these extra sporting automobiles. The AMG Monitor Tempo efficiency app, as an example, is a helpful addition that many rivals can’t match. As for the 10.25-inch infotainment show propped excessive within the middle stack, that also runs the previous model of Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND system. For these on the lookout for MBUX, the most recent iteration, you’ll want to attend a couple of years for the all-new C63 S.

If there’s a cabin draw back, it’s the rear seat area. An grownup will match, however they’re in all probability not going to be too joyful about prolonged journeys again there. Fortunately there’s the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S sedan to deal with that, and after driving it again to again with the coupe I’ve to say I’m in love. It’s a no compromise sporting Four-door with room for the youngsters, although a special rear axle from the 2 door means it’s not fairly as broad again there. On the monitor, should you’re not too apprehensive about crashing, you could really feel a slight distinction in efficiency and dealing with as you push issues towards the restrict.

Even a number of smart steps again from that restrict, although, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S are stunningly good enjoyable. With extra horsepower and torque within the C63 S in comparison with the Audi RS5 and BMW M4, to not point out a extra raw, enthusiastic driving expertise from behind the wheel, AMG’s newest isn’t simply quick however partaking throughout all of the senses. Given it’s anticipated to reach at underneath $70okay for the 2019 C63 coupe or sedan, and some thousand extra for the S trim once they all arrive in US dealerships early subsequent yr, that strikes me as positively a discount.