- Written by Andrey
|In 2007 Mercedes Benz introduced the new body style for the C-Class, which admittedly, was like your girl/boyfriend going from a 6 to an 8. The new model was re-inspiring and gave the C-Class a new more modern look. Take a look for yourself in the difference of styling in the pictures below.|
|Then in 2008, they came out with the AMG version of the C-Class, which was the equivalent of your girl/boyfriend working out, gaining some muscle and wearing make-up or gel (assuming that gel still makes you look cool), respectively. By working out and gaining muscle, I mean by about 68% and 72% in the horsepower and torque department, respectively, to 451 hp and 443 lb-ft. What happens after such an increase in muscle is you can now do a sprint to 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds rather than a measly 6.2 seconds in that less attractive C 350.|
|When launching an AMG version there will always be cosmetic upgrades alongside the above mentioned power upgrades. For a guy, this is sort of like adding gel to your hair, but I’m not talking about Pauly-D type of gel, as seen below, but rather a more sophisticated refined look sort of like the picture below Pauly-D. On a more feminine note, the cosmetic changes from the base-model to the AMG is sort of like adding makeup to one’s self, also seen in the pictures below… okay well it’s not as bad as the pictures, but you get what I’m saying.|
|Okay, enough ranting back to the C63 AMG… the base model was already a good looking car, but with the added AMG gel and makeup, it is now a dime piece. And this is a huge reason why the C63 AMG is one of my favorite luxury sports sedans, next to the 2010 M5 of course. The cosmetic/structural improvements include a 35mm wider road-hugging stance which is hidden by the larger fender flares. This not only looks better, but also improves the car’s handling around corners. Another cosmetic upgrade is the lower bumper and the hood, which when mixed with everything else, subconsciously says that this Merc means business.|
Despite this being a serious AMG performance car, we know that Mercedes Benz frowns upon a manual gearbox as it is not proper for a luxury car. That is why this one is fitted with an AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission. There are 3 settings, “Manual”, “Comfort” and “Sport” and the difference between the modes is shift speed/smoothness. A benefit of the transmission is that the power is distributed across 7 speeds rather than 6, allowing the C63 to hit 60 mph (4.5 seconds), 75 mph (6.3) and the quarter-mile (12.5 seconds @ 114 mph) quicker.
Additionally, the transmission features an automatic throttle-blipping function during downshifts, making it the first C63 AMG to do so. The almost completely jolt-free downshifting process has a particularly positive effect when braking before corners on the racetrack, or the more likely scenario, on the street during spirited on-ramp cornering.
If you realize you’re going too fast, you can easily go from 60-0 in 114 ft by way of the internally ventilated and perforated disc brakes which are located on all four corners. The front brakes are 360 x 36-millimetre discs with six-piston fixed calipers, while at the rear the discs are 330 x 26-millimetre with four-piston fixed calipers.
And last but not lease is the AMG interior. The interior has new sports seats and a performance steering wheel. The seats not only feature a new design with cross-piping and AMG lettering, but also an adaptive backrest with adjustments for the side bolsters and lumbar support. Perfect handling control is assured with the new AMG performance steering wheel in a three-spoke design, which has a flattened lower section. The upper section is covered in perforated leather, and two silver AMG shift paddles enable the gears to be shifted manually.
All-in, this is another solid product coming from AMG and I am a huge fan! The only issue is that this really is a luxury car deep down, but worry no longer for the geniuses at AMG have figured out how to cut the amount of doors in half, increase horsepower and make an actual Mercedes Benz designed for a track. To view this thing of beauty click here C63 AMG Black Series Coupe.