When a automobile is readily available in both sedan and coupe body formats, it"s easy to assume the manufacturer sindicate removed 2 doors from the sedan and also filled the gap to make a coupe. While that"s occasionally true, Mercedes-AMG resisted the urge to take the simple way out and also instead witnessed the coupe-ification of the C-Class as an possibility to enhance performance.

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You will not necessarily see that in the numbers, though. According to the official spec sheet, the Coupe and also sedan are identical in many regards. They employ the exact same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 rated 469 hp and 479 lb-ft in typical trim and 503 hp and also 516 lb-ft for this S Model. Same seven-rate multi-clutch automatic transmission, very same limited-slip differential (electronically regulated for the S Models), and also even the exact same estimated performance: 3.9-4.0 secs to 60 mph (conventional versus S Model). Heck, according to Mercedes-AMG, they also weigh the same.


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Tright here are some various other numbers to study, though. The C63 AMG Coupe which shares just its doors, roof, and trunk lid via the base coupe, is an inch and also a half wider. Its tires additionally are broader, by 10mm at both ends. Continuing with the template, the track is larger by an inch in the front and an inch and also a half in the rear. Pulling this off compelled new front and also rear suspension and subframework deindications, not simply revised geometry. That"s wright here the enhanced performance originates from.


I suspect you"ll view a difference in skidpad, figure-eight, and road-course lap times, however in between then and currently, I can tell you you"ll feel the distinction. Back when I tested the sedan, I wondered why it didn"t have wider tires and mprovided they might help quell the mild understeer in hairpins and mild on-throttle oversteer at edge exit. Granted, the sedan is a great car and the present segment leader, so these were minor nits, however valid criticism nonethemuch less. The Coupe, I"m happy to report, does indeed improve upon the sedan"s performance. The mild understeer uncovered in the tight hairpins is gone. On the road, the front end of this vehicle is glued dvery own and also will not let go for anypoint. The mild on-throttle oversteer at edge leave is still tbelow, and still as predictable, manageable, and fun as in the sedan.


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On the track, in this case the tight and also technological Ascari Circuit near Barcelona, the differences in between sedan and also Coupe are more pronounced. Contrasted to the sedan, which we uncovered struggled a little for grip at both ends during our Best Driver"s Car test, the Coupe is buttoned dvery own. As on the street, the front end is even more hooked up and also the rear still delivers mild, predictable, controlled, and usable oversteer if you roll into the throttle tough on the means out of a corner.


Getting maximum performance from the Coupe on track calls for driving it by the book, though. Remember leschild one from eextremely performance driving college ever? Slow in, fast out. That"s how the Coupe demands to be driven. Brake in a straight line, turn in through the ideal amount of speed, hit the apex, roll into the throttle, and track out. Try to bring also a small too much speed at turn-in and also the front washes out in a mild understeer, and also gaining it ago in line takes what feels favor an eternity as soon as your adrenaline is rushing. The excellent news is, if you get it ideal, you deserve to go to the throttle incredibly early on and also, if you roll right into it appropriately, the auto will certainly hook up hard and launch you out of the edge. (Go as well tough and also you"ll gain mild oversteer.) When you"ve really gained a feel for the vehicle, you can likewise turn it via a little of oversteer at edge enattempt by trail-braking, but it"s tricky to walk the line in between trail-brake oversteer (useful) and too-much-entry-rate understeer (useless). Set up the totality edge effectively and you"ll feel favor a hero, particularly bereason you need to work for it.


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A top-notch chassis helps provide hero standing. The structure is rock solid and yet feels much even more nimble than its two-ton curb weight suggests. The steering is thanktotally linear, not variable, nicely weighted, and also returns some feedago from the road surchallenge. The adjusteady dampers are among the ideal in the market. They"re appropriately stiff however constantly handle disturbances smoothly and in a controlled manner, allowing you to perform things choose bounce the auto off the apex curbing in an off-camber edge through the complete confidence it will four-wheel drift nicely via the exit and also hook ideal up as soon as you go to power.


Between the corners, the Coupe is pretty damn outstanding, also. The thrust from that spectacular twin-turbo V-8 is prompt and also endless, never seeming to experience from turbo lag. Subjectively, the automobile feels significantly stronger than its 503-hp rating says, a testament to AMG"s tuning of the auto and the driver experience. The optional sport exhaust thunders via the characteristic AMG bellow we love, though I hoped it would certainly be louder in Race mode (AMG says it"s noise law-compliant in eexceptionally mode).


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On the various other finish, the optional carbon-ceramic front and also steel rear brakes are exceptionally powerful in their very own appropriate and also seemingly difficult to over-taxes. On the track, I discovered myself repeatedly braking also at an early stage at the ends of the long straights and subsequently chastising myself for not braking later on. It doesn"t seem favor you should have the ability to brake a nearly 4,000-pound vehicle so late, but these binders will perform it, consistently.


In between, the seven-speed multi-plate launch-clutch automatic proceeds to impush with its near-as-makes-no-distinction telepathic programming. The shift paddles are tbelow if you"d like to do it yourself, however at no allude did I ever before feel a have to. It"s constantly in the appropriate gear at the right time, and also it gets to them instantly. At least, at wide-open throttle, anyway. At anypoint much less, I discovered a disappointing tendency in the direction of a sreduced, stiffer uptransition fairly than the silky smooth, near-instantaneous upshift it"s capable of.


All the remainder of the time, when you"re driving the automobile choose a normal humale being, it"s a very nice area to motor. The inner is no different than the sedan"s from the front. In the rear, there"s a good amount of space for a coupe and also obtaining in and also out is no much better or worse than for any type of various other two-door through a earlier seat. Sightlines out of the car are mostly good, though the rear window is quite tiny and the trunk fairly tall, so you"ll absolutely be using the conventional rearview video camera once backing up. In Comfort mode, the ride is a nice as you could ask for from a high-performance sedan and also it "sails" (disengperiods the transmission from the engine to get rid of engine braking) whenever feasible to alleviate fuel usage. Mercedes-AMG doesn"t have actually official numbers for the U.S. market yet, yet assures a 20 percent improvement from the last-generation Coupe. Figure somepoint in the ballpark of the sedan"s 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway/20 mpg linked.

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As quick and effective as the C 63 S Coupe may be, the one point it will not be doing easily is acquiring right here. The on-sale day is slated for some time in the summer, a few months after the traditional Coupe goes on sale. Like the fuel economic situation, an main price hasn"t been released yet, yet we"re told to expect a starting point somewright here in the mid-$70,000 selection, more than likely slightly more than the sedan"s $72,825 point of enattempt.


2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe
BASE PRICE $75,000 (est)
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 5-pass, 2-door coupe
ENGINE 4.0L/469-503-hp/479-516-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8
TRANSMISSION 7-rate automatic
CURB WEIGHT 3,950 lb (mfr)
WHEELBASE 111.8 in
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 187.0 x 73.9 x 55.1 in
0-60 MPH 3.9-4.0 sec (mfr est)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON Not yet rated
ON SALE IN UNITED STATE Summer 2016