Life is short: Skip SUVs and drive real performance cars. Could we suggest a completely ballistic Mercedes-Benz C63 S 2023? This two-door twin-turbo boasts a 503-hp V-8 powertrain and chassis laser-focused handling, making it one of the most brutal models in the Mercedes-AMG product portfolio. It doesn’t ride like a luxury car even though it offers a lot of high-end features and premium materials in its fully equipped cabin. It’s worth noting that the C63 offered this year uses the previous-generation C-class platform, so those looking for the latest and greatest should consider waiting for next year’s 2024 model year, which will be offered only as a sedan and will be powered by a 671-cylinder turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid powertrain. an even more ballistic hp.
What’s New in 2023?
After picking up the 2022 model year, the C63 returns to run the 2023 coupe and convertible models before a new generation drops for the 2024 model year. The 2023 C63 is only offered in the more powerful S form and will be the last of the nameplate to be powered by a twin V-8 engine. -turbo.
Price and Where to Buy
While you may prefer the style of the convertible, our money went to the coupe for the added structural rigidity supplied by its solid roof. We’ve also added the Intelligent Light System package to get the adaptive LED headlights and we’ll opt for the AMG Performance front seats, as they are very supportive.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The Mercedes-AMG C63 S 2023 comes with a handcrafted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The nine-speed automatic sends power to the rear wheels; all-wheel drive is not an option. In our testThe C63 S coupe sped from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and hit the quarter mile in 12.0 seconds at 121 mph. The convertible is nearly as fast, hitting 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and crossing the quarter mile in 12.2 seconds at 119 mph. At Lightning Lap 2019, a C63 S coupe transforms into 2:57.1 lapwhich puts it right behind the now discontinued Cadillac CTS-V on our list of all time. All C63s come standard with an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential and AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive dampers. The handling, as you would expect, is superb. Fitted with summer tires, the C63 S managed 1.02 g lateral acceleration on our skidpad and braked from 70 mph to a stop in just 157 feet. This capability comes at the price of convenience, as the ride is tough on rough pavement.
Real World Fuel Economy and MPG
There’s a slight difference in EPA fuel economy ratings between the coupe and convertible models, but the coupe is technically more efficient with 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway ratings. This convertible is rated for 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. For more information on C63 fuel economy, visit EPA website.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
Leather seats are standard and both models can be ordered with wood or aluminum interior accents of your choice. We’re big fans of the available AMG Performance seats, which feature ventilation. This is a car that is elegant at heart, and both the materials and the ambiance match the high asking price. You can also load the tech in the cockpit if you want. The C63 coupe has 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space while the smaller Cabriolet measures 8.8 cubic feet. Both have folding rear seats but while the coupe folds in a 40/20/40 configuration, the convertible model offers a 50/50 split.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Standard setup on the C63 is a 10.3-inch infotainment interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration and two USB ports. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is standard, as is the Burmester surround-sound audio system as well, and a six-month trial for SiriusXM satellite radio. Options include factory navigation and a heads-up view. You may also want to consider the optional AMG Drive Unit, which provides quick access buttons on the steering wheel for adjusting many of the car’s drivetrain and chassis settings. Another option is AMG Track Pace, which lets you save performance data from your vehicle in the infotainment interface while you’re driving on highway lanes.
Safety Features and Driver Assistance
Each C63 is equipped with basic safety features such as a forward collision system and blind spot monitoring. Addition driver assistance available, including adaptive cruise control with auto-resume capability in stop-and-go traffic. These items are part of the Driver Assistance package, which must be purchased with the Multimedia package. For more information on the C63 crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key security features include:
- Standard front collision system with automatic braking
- Standard blind-spot monitoring, available blind-spot assistance
- Adaptive browsing control available
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Mercedes-AMG warranty is nothing special for this price range. Instead of free scheduled maintenance, there are prepaid maintenance plans available for an additional fee when you purchase the C63.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- No free scheduled maintenance