Extra complicated C63 S appears at odds with earlier variations however retains an engine that embodies the pure essence of AMG
Line 4 of the technical specification for this facelifted Mercedes-AMG C63 S is peculiar. It merely states ‘503bhp at 5500-6250rpm’, which is not more than you bought within the previous Mercedes-AMG C63 S.Grasp on a second. Energy – particularly, extra energy than the outgoing mannequin – is AMG’s oldest, dearest pal. So what is going on on?It’s doable that the German energy wars are lastly drawing to an in depth. Extra possible is that giving the C-Class any extra clout would lead to it treading on the toes of the mighty E63 when it comes to power-to-weight and efficiency, and immediately’s strict mannequin hierarchies merely received’t allow this.Or maybe Mercedes has determined that 503bhp and 516lb ft are sufficient for a junior saloon and has as a substitute educated its experience on making such explosive drive extra usable in the true world.The reality is someplace between these second and third situations. In any case, no rival punched tougher than the C63 S when it launched in 2015 and three years later, even after the arrival of a brand new B9-generation Audi RS4 Avant, the Ferrari-engined Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and a BMW M3 CS honed to supreme heights, this remains to be the case.So, what has modified? Little when it comes to chassis . Each the C63 and C63 S proceed to make use of a wet-sumped four.Zero-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 and multi-link suspension with adaptive dampers and metal springs. Each additionally get an e-differential beforehand reserved for the S, though the dearer automobile now additionally advantages from dynamic engine mounts which are stated to enhance steering really feel and response.Issues aren’t almost so simple on the subject of the software program. In reality, C63 S possession now appears a voyage of discovery the place the last word vacation spot is a distant realm by which you’re not continually tempted to tinker with the digital chassis settings.Mercedes’ acquainted Dynamic Choose programme stays, with modes starting from Slippery via Consolation, Sport, Sport+ and Race. These alter engine and transmission response, steering weight, the firmness of the damping and the all-important exhaust tone.Moreover, there's an AMG Dynamics programme that optimises (or in any other case, as we will see) traction utilizing the automobile’s ESP co-ordinated with a brake-based torque vectoring system. There are modes for this, too. Unambiguously named, they vary from Primary via Superior to Professional and at last Grasp, which programmes the differential to lock up early and aggressively.And also you cannot miss the brand new AMG Traction Management system. Gone are the times when such software program was both on or off, maybe with a 3rd choice yielding a smidgen of slip however nothing probably calamitous. Lengthy gone. This C63 S has a nine-stage setup borrowed from the GT R supercar, which itself makes use of a derivation of a system present in Mercedes' GT3 racers. Alterations are made utilizing a digital rotary dial on the steering wheel, which seems to be slick however feels as if you may by chance knock it off. Briefly, a automobile whose colossal attraction all the time sat atop comparatively easy pleasures now appears to be a very difficult machine.