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Can Mercedes more efficient biturbo engine provide the same thrills as the old 6.2-litre V8? The experts at Car & Driving check out the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe.
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The C 63 coupe is Mercedes' flagship small coupe offering and this revised version gets smarter looks, a new 9-speed auto gearbox, even sharper handling and a smarter cabin. Despite being the most sporting variant in the C-Class range, the coupe is designed to be the most luxurious and comfortable small coupe in its segment. As well as the fastest.
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This generation Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe has proved to be a big improvement on its thirsty 6.2-litre V8 predecessor, not least because of the installation beneath the bonnet of the twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 from the brand's Mercedes-AMG GT supercar. This further updated model looks and feels a little more sophisticated - and receives a new 9-speed auto gearbox that properly matches the sophistication of tha engine. Cabriolet, saloon and estate C 63 variants are all available, but it is perhaps this Coupe bodystyle that best delivers what enthusiasts will be looking for from this package. Here, it gets a healthy extra dose of style and technology.
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Though the C 63 is considered a sports coupe, it's not as focused on outright handling ability as certain rivals. The optional AIRMATIC air suspension system says a lot about what it believes customers want from their Mercedes coupe. The AIRMATIC suspension also features self-levelling for optimum comfort even when the vehicle is fully loaded. The suspension itself is a four-link system for the front axle and a five link at the back, allowing greater control over the movement of each wheel for a better ride quality and more sure-footed handling. To help put the power down, a mechanical limited slip differential is standard on the C 63, while the more powerful C 63 S gets an electronic item. Both items are fitted to a C 63-specific rear axle. Drivers can choose between four driving modes on the C 63 and five on the C 63 S. As before, buyers aren't offered the 4MATIC 4WD sytem you get in the lesser V6 C 43 model, so it's rear wheel drive only; which can lead to a few tense moments when cornering in the wet. The bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine produces more power and torque than any of this coupe's current rivals. Choose the C 63 S and you'll have the full fat 510hp and 650Nm of torque, whereas the standard model has to make do with just 476hp and 600Nm. Any worries of forced induction ruining the soundtrack are quickly dispelled - this turbocharged V8 sounds fantastic and with the torque coming in so much lower, the performance is not only stronger but more accessible. What we didn't get when the 4.0-litre powerplant was first installed into the C 63 was an appropriately modern auto gearbox to go with it, early versions of this second generation model equipped with a 7-speed auto from the original 2015 launch. So Mercedes has now put that right, mating this V8 with a 9-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission that according to the brand, delivers an even more agile gearshift response.
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