The DNA of the 2012 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Coupe is more tuned to AMG’s bible than any other creations, with the exception of their new SLS AMG. It needs to be so, since the C63 goes head to head with other industry icons such as the mighty BMW M3 and the rather insane Audi RS4. This genre is rather special and almost always promises to give goosebumps.
2012 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Coupe Review
Our 2012 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Coupe was even more special as it came with the AMG Performance Package. This package which is an optional extra comes with a horsepower bump of around 30HP to a massive 481HP. This is not achieved by a simple re-flash of the ECU alone, but rather it brings a few goodies from the SLS’s arsenal, such as forged pistons and lightweight connecting rods and crank. The limiter has also been lifted from 250kmph to 280kmph, not that we would ever use it and face retribution from Dubai’s finest lae enforcers. But knowing that we can brings a certain pleasure. Its sprint to 100kmph goes by in a flash, 4.2secs to be precise. Where does that put it? Well other cars which can achieve these low figures are the BMW M3, Audi RS4 and Jaguar XKR-S to name a few.
AMG’s answer to their biggest nemesis, both of which originate from their own Fatherland, is by going big on displacement. The 6.3Litre naturally aspirated engine is true to the badge worn by the C Class coupe, the venerable C63 AMG. At present, apart from the SLS, no other AMG models come with the 6.3Litre. This speaks volumes, and in our case displacements when it comes to describing the C63 AMG. From launch till as far as one can keep the accelerator on, this car would pull like a freight train along with bells and whistles for the aural pleasure. The E63 had a rather muted exhaust note, though being muted was a relative term. How would I be able to describe the exhaust note of the C63 AMG. The deep rumble and bang would be more akin to the sound that resonates when a building is demolished by explosions.
This car is more for the soul, the way it nourishes our inner most feelings. It makes one forget the pressure at work and on the domestic front. A doctor’s remedy if one could put it. True to the other AMGs we have driven, this car excels in everyday driving. The firm yet plush-ness of the interior and the suspension is both at home on Beach Road as it is tearing down the interchanges accompanied by its monstrous roar emitting from its exhausts.
The hood is domed to provide clearance for the massive engine. There are carbon fiber bits and pieces and aggressive rear diffusers that allude the power which is inside. The quad tip exhaust is more of a necessity in this case than for show. Inside the C63 AMG, is two toned nappa leather interior with piano black trims. And once inside the car and the seat belts are strapped, the car welcomes with the tensioning of the straps to make one feel intimidated with what is in store. The firing up of the 8 cylinders and a loud rasp from the exhaust does make the sweat glands work overtime.
At over 1730kgs, the C63 is not svelte but the 3-link MacPherson strut set up in front and the multilink suspension in the rear does make the car planted on the larger turns. Whipping the car into a tight chicane is not the ideal place to be, but one can throw the weight around and trust its massively capable traction control system to negotiate such tight and fast direction changes. But once the last turn is made and the road opens up, the car rewards the driver with a feeling like being shot out of a circus canon.
The C63 AMG Coupe made me a believer, this car has been built for motor-heads. It is a car that demands respect and would return an abundance of driving satisfaction and moments of insanity as well. But the lasting effect is that one would find it hard to be bored of it. There is always something to learn about the capabilities of the human mind and trust us when we say that owning this car would make anyone re-discover a newer self.
|C63 AMG Coupe|
|Rated Output||358 kW (480 hp) at 6800 rpm|
|Transmission – type of gearshift||7 speed auto with paddle shift|
|Kerb weight||1771 kg|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.2 s|
|Top speed||280 km/h*|
|Price (AED)||339,000 (As tested)|
Photos By Anjum Vahanvati