The good folks at Mercedes recently debuted their new C-Class Coupe, a car meant for people who wanted a small Mercedes, but could do without the added practicality of four doors. It's undoubtedly a good looking car, and it follows the mini S-Class-like design language of the sedan it's based on. However, despite its attractive design, I couldn't really get excited about it. Not yet. The C-Class Coupe needed a bit of attitude, a bit of character, and what better way to give a Merc character than to hand it to the tire-smoking specialists at AMG?
Yes, the AMG-tuned version has finally arrived, and it's as poised as ever to incinerate those pesky rear tires. Just like the old C63 shared its 6.2 liter V8 with Merc's flagship supercar, the SLS AMG, this new C63 shares its powerplant with the mighty AMG GT. That means the C63 Coupe has a 4 liter, twin-turbo V8 sitting under the hood, capable of 470 horsepower in standard trim, or 503 if you opt for the S-model (which you should). This power, in typical AMG fashion, is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. In the C63 S Coupe, you're looking at a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. If a mere 155 mph isn't quick enough for you, the optional AMG Driver's Package will bump your top speed up to a cool 180 mph. The C63 Coupe also features an improved exhaust system compared to the sedan, allowing for an even louder V8 symphony.
Straight line speed is only a mere fraction of the story with the C63. In the past, big-engined C-Class models have earned a reputation as being very entertaining in the corners, and this one is no different. As you might've guessed by the huge wheel arches, both the front and rear tracks have been widened in order to fit bigger, wider rubber. This '63 also features a newly-adjusted suspension, a limited-slip differential (the standard car gets a mechanical one, whereas the S-model gets an electric LSD), and adaptive dampers. All-in, this is a car that should be very eager to go everywhere as sideways as possible.
With its revised (and by revised I mean angered) appearance, lovely engine and general eagerness to misbehave, the C63 Coupe is already making a strong argument for itself over its rivals (including that certain bimmer that everything else is compared to). It manages to look elegant and intimidating all at once, and has the grunt to back up the AMG engine's thunderous roar. In my eyes, it's become like most quad-piped Mercs of the past few years: a very desirable car indeed.