The Mercedes AMG C63 falls under the luxury sports sedan banner. The BMW M3 has always been the champion of this group but in recent years the C63 and the E63 have given it a run for its money.
The heart of the beast lies in its engine—a veritable Jekyll and Hyde powerplant that produces 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The C63 uses a nine-speed automatic with rear wheel drive. AMG estimates a top speed of 180 mph. All 63s come standard with an electronically controlled limit slip differential and an AMG ride control suspension with adaptive dampers. Handling is excellent. Its C63 S brethren managed to record 1.02 g’s on a skid pad and braked from 70 mph to a stop in 157 feet
The 2019 model experiences a few changes. The 12.3-inch digital display is now standard, as is the Burmester Surround Sound premium audio system. The onboard infotainment and navigation system is outstanding , integrating well with the digital instrument cluster, but the C-Class also comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for those who prefer to bring their own apps on the road.
The C63 is truly in a class of its own. The twin turbo V-8 can be as mild-mannered as Clark Kent or a maniacal monster like the “Hulk”. Normally, one has to pay in the high six figures for a car that can produce this range of power.
Not so with the C63.