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Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe review: Glam Slam

Don't be fooled by the pretty looks of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe. Underneath, it's as mean as can be.

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The C 63 S not only looks glamorous, but under the skin, it's been completely transformed by AMG's engineers.

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EVERY family has a crazy uncle or batty aunt, and the Mercedes-Benz is no exception. It may have a long history of making cars that excel at delivering smooth, unruffled journeys, but the clan has its lunatics, too.

Few cars exemplify that better than the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe, a crazy-fast machine from the high-performance branch of the three-pointed star family.

How fast? It scorches to 100km/h in only 3.9 seconds, and the exhaust emits the kind of howling rumble that causes tree-dwelling creatures to flee for their lives, and land-dwelling creatures to leap into trees.

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Not long ago, a high-performance sports coupe like this might have been seen as a practical step down from a full-on supercar, but the progress of modern performance is such that the C 63 S is effectively a wolf in sheep's clothing, assuming the wolf likes to prey on Porsches and the sheep is a natty dresser.

The C 63 S takes the normal C-Class coupe as a starting point, so it shares that car's athletic proportions and lithe, low stance. It's the kind of car that is not only pretty enough to turn heads, but glamorous enough to make you wonder who is behind the wheel.

Under the skin, however, it's been completely transformed by AMG's engineers.

To generate 510 horsepower, its 4.0-litre V8 is fed by two turbochargers, and in AMG tradition it's lovingly assembled by a single pair of hands.

Then come a number of modifications to the suspension, brakes and bodywork, all for the sake of stability and to give it a bit of muscularity. What good is going to the gym if you don't look it, after all?

Roughly half a thousand parts go into a Mercedes to turn it into an AMG, and in essence, the final result means the C 63 S behaves like a racetrack refugee.

Previous C 63 iterations were pretty much all about the sound and fury, but this one shows sharp, precise handling, though this would be most apparent in more natural habitats for the car, such as open country roads or, say, the Marina Bay Circuit where Lewis Hamilton triumphed last Sunday in his own Mercedes.

Nevertheless, it is just about possible to drive one every day. Switch the driving mode to a comfy setting, turn off the sport exhaust and it'll prowl through daily traffic obligingly.

But the occasional snarl of the responsive engine and the busy, uncompromising suspension setup will remind you what it, and you, would rather be doing. If that sounds tiring, well, it is.

The C 63 S requires a dedicated driver, and you'll have to get used to the sweaty palms and raised heartbeat that come with seat time in this vehicle.

That is exactly what you're supposed to get with a Mercedes-AMG, anyway. And who wants to spend just under half a million dollars and end up with something sane to drive?

Besides, if every family has a nutty uncle, you might as well tool about in one of these, and be him.


Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe

  • Engine 3,982cc, 32V, V8, twin-turbo Power 510hp at 5,500-6,250rpm
  • Torque 700Nm at 1,750-4,500rpm
  • Gearbox 7-speed automatic
  • Top Speed 250km/h
  • 0-100km/h 3.9 seconds
  • Fuel efficiency 8.7L/100km
  • CO2 205g/km
  • Price S$462,888 with COE
  • Agent Cycle & Carriage
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