Last week we saw the bottom of the range—C43 models surface and now its time for a look at the top. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan, Coupe, and Cabriolet with S variants officially rolled out for this year’s crowded New York auto show.
For 2019, the C63s are available as a base model and a sportier S-version for performance fans.
Both versions offer a handcrafted twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine with a choice of 469 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque or a 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque from the S model. All engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The quickest of the lot is the C63 S Coupe, which can blast from 0 to 60 mph in a claimed 3.8 seconds—while the slug of the family—the C63 Cabriolet will get there in about 4.1 seconds—which is still plenty quick and always more stylish too.
“The AMG C-Class is our best-selling model series and therefore a key cornerstone of our company’s success of recent years. We have therefore increasingly expanded our C-Class offer: customers can now choose between twelve models from the C-Class family globally. As part of the latest facelift, we have upgraded all variants of the model series even more substantially,” says Tobias Moers, Mercedes-AMG CEO, in a statement.
“This relates to the 43-series models and especially, of course, to the AMG C63. The perfected driving dynamics and expressive design underscore the powerful, muscular character of the rear-wheel drive icon.”
Looks wise the latest C63 sports an AMG-specific radiator trim with vertical louvers in high-gloss chrome, which gives the models a more youthful brace face.
The outer air inlets of the bumper have been widened and are flanked by tweaked LED headlights that curve above them. A muscular Mustang-like hood and a raked windshield complete the front end.
Around back receives a new diffuser, spoiler lip, and reworked twin tailpipe trim in high-gloss chrome.
Inside all models get a new flat-bottomed AMG steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather with plenty of buttons to play with as you drive.
Standard black seat are swathed MB-Tex/Dinamica microfiber and are combined with Natural Grain Black Ash Wood and Brushed Aluminum trim. The center console features a standard floating display that measures 10.25-inches.
Mercedes states there are up to six drive programs available that include Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race, and Individual for the engines available.
Depending on road conditions and the driver’s mood, each program offers agility functions such as Basic, Advanced, Pro, and Master to choose from as well. Adaptive damping adjustment is also standard and the automatic system adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current requirements as needed electronically.
Drivers can also select between Comfort, Sport, and “Sport+ damper characteristics to further adjust the driving experience. We’ll have to get back to you as to how it performs out and about—but if it’s anything like last year’s batch, we are sure it’ll be a blast.
AMG says the C63 Sedan, Coupe, and Cabriolet pricing will be announced closer to the on sale date in early 2019.