Does Mercedes' new C 63 AMG model warrant a 4.5 percent increase, approximately Ã‚Â£2100, in price over the previous C 55 AMG?
Does Mercedes' new C 63 AMG model warrant a 4.5 percent increase, approximately £2100, in price over the previous C 55 AMG? The clientele interested in AMG's newest sport saloon are hardly going to complain and easily pay the list price. But if you were to look at it from a “value” perspective, it is indeed a bargain! Besides all of the technical and equipment upgrades of the all-new W204 model the C 63 AMG receives other goodies such as the seven-speed AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission, Race timer, all-new three-link front axle, six- and four-piston brake calipers and ESP off function. Visually, the C 63 AMG is more clearly differentiated over its predecessor with muscular flared wheel arches, hood bulges and aggressive body kit.
However, the real value is found in the performance. The new 63 engine packs an additional 90hp for a total of 457 hp which translates into an official 0 to 62mph figure of 4.5 seconds (under-estimated) for the saloon and 4.6 for the estate compared to the previous W203 C 55 AMG at 5.2 and 5.4 seconds respectively.
Regarding options, there's not much to offer because most of the goodies are standard. However, surely the few available options will be popular such as 19-inch multi-spoke wheels for £600, carbon fiber trim at £1520, an AMG driver’s package which increases the limited top speed and includes attendance at an AMG ‘Power and Passion’ driving event for £2160 and lastly, a lobotomy inducing Performance Package which comprises ceramic brake discs, a limited slip differential, performance suspension and a Nappa leather and Alcantara trimmed steering wheel for £3120.