The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 And C63 S Are Here
Mercedes-AMG rounded out its C-Class lineup in New York on Tuesday with the C63 and C63 S sedans, coupes and cabriolets. The purpose-built machines will use the company’s ubiquitous 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 making 469 hp or 503 hp (in the S), along with a nine-speed multiclutch transmission.
The new C63 gets an AMG-specific grille styling, lower side skirts and new wheels. In the back, we see two redesigned tailpipes, a body-color spoiler lip and a new rear bumper. Cars with the optional aero package get an even more aggressive front splitter, spoiler with Gurney flap, a bigger rear diffuser and more gloss black accents.
Like the rest of the new C-Class lineup, the AMG version gets S-Class-like upgrades including wood, carbon fiber, aluminum and something called silver fiberglass. The AMG C's also offer optional performance seats with heat and cooling. Cabriolets get Mercedes’ Airscarf system that keeps your neck warm with the top down.
The C63 and C63 S come with AMG-specific menus in the central screen, including a g-force meter, race timer, engine data, warmup screen and something called AMG Track Pace, which can log your lap and sector times along with visualizations of the tracks. Additionally, the Track Pace system is color-coded so a driver can know if he’s going faster or slower in a sector by the color on the screen. It also does the more mundane tasks of logging 0-60, quarter-mile and 60-0 times.
A new AMG steering wheel is standard and includes leather or synthetic suede covering, paddle shifters, a flat bottom and new touch controls. As an option, Mercedes is offering wheels with the new AMG Drive Unit -- a rotary controller that can swap between drive modes. It also includes two programmable buttons, which can be used for other AMG settings.
The powertrain, like we said, will consist of the 4.0-liter biturbo V8 making 503 hp and 516 lb-ft in the S and 469 hp and 479 lb-ft in the standard C63, a faster nine-speed with paddle shifters and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. Like the rest of the line, the AMGs will get slippery, comfort, sport, sport-plus and race modes. Each with more aggressive tuning than the last. There’s also an individual mode to set whatever parameters you like.
Adaptive damping comes standard to stick all that speed to the track. The C63 has a four-link front setup and a multilink rear, all with specific AMG tuning. That adaptation goes along with the drive modes. Comfort will be softer; race will be stiffer. Speed-sensitive steering also varies within the modes.
We don’t have pricing yet -- the current C63 starts at $73,700 -- but these new AMGs go on sale in early 2019.