REVIEW: MERCEDES-AMG C 63 S COUPLE @ RM774K

SEPANG: If budding owners are seeking a high-powered coupe from within the three-pointed star’s C-Class models, then you’re in luck with the AMG version of the C 63 S Coupe making its official debut on our shores at the Sepang International Circuit.

The handcrafted M177 4.0-litre (3,982cc) twin-turbo V8 coupe gets fed by a 66-litre fuel tank and has been priced on-the-road without insurance at RM773,888 (base price) by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.

The AMG quad sports exhaust system under the 355-litre boot lets loose the engine’s 510hp from 5,500 to 6,250rpm and 700Nm of torque from 1,750 to 6,250rpm at the rear wheels for some tail-happy times via an AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed automatic gearbox with paddle-shifters

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With a wheelbase of 2,840mm and measuring 4,750mm-long, 1,877mm-wide and 1,400mm-tall, the 1,800kg coupe comes with launch-control that allows it to reach 100kph from a standing start in 3.9 seconds by first pulling on both paddles, then the right paddle and then flooring the accelerator pedal. Top speed has been electronically limited to 250kph, while an AMG Driver’s package ups it to 290kph at extra cost.

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Externally, the coupe – in standard kit, gets a host AMG-ed goodies starting with the twin-blade front grille and bumper with the German carmaker’s three-pointed star in the centre, a tri-fin diffuser, carbon fibre side skirts and ‘V8 Biturbo’ badges on each side just aft of the front wheels to remind their owners of what lies beneath the hood.

An optional-extra AMG Night package is available, which applies a gloss-black finish to the trim strips at the A-wing, rear bumper, side mirror housings, shoulder-line and window surrounds.

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The coupe rolls on matte black 19-inch AMG nine dual Y-spoke design wheels with high-sheen rim flanges and gets fitted with 255/35 (front) and 285/30 (rear) series tyres for grip, while an electronic rear axle locking differential has been exclusively fitted to the coupe for better traction. A three-stage adjustable AMG Ride Control sports suspension system enhances the handling department.

Inside, it’s either red-black or white-black perforated Nappa leather for the cabin that gets further enhanced by the AMG Performance Studio interior package that provides a choice of either carbon-fibre and aluminium or matte silver and aluminium combination trim.

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The performance seats have been wrapped in Artico man-made leather and is accompanied by Dinamico microfibre, while an AMG badge resides on the backrests.

Furthermore, owners will now have the option of choosing Race mode in the coupe, which has been added to the AMG Dynamic Select’s usual list of Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes to alter the suspension, steering, throttle sensitivity and gearshift mapping accordingly.

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A more sportier version of the coupe, Edition 1, is also available for an additional RM22,000 at RM795,888, which comes with  graphite grey matte external stripes and a host of external colours for choice.

Another colour option, which harks back to the company’s DTM racing days, is the combined colours of designo magno selenite grey matte paint with its a film coating and stripes in yellow to go with the larger as well as a pair of 19-inch (front) and 20-inch (rear) blackened Performance five-twin-spoke forged wheels.

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Other forms of upgrades include a larger front spoiler, side skirts, rear boot lip, rear diffuser, while yellow is splashed throughout the interior, which includes the stitches on the Napppa leather-wrapped AMG Performance seats, door panels, armrests and Dinamica microfibre steering wheel.

The yellow accents can also be found around in the AMG-specific IWC clock, on the floor mats and instrument cluster, while matte carbon trim resides on the centre console. As an optional extra, high performance tyres and a ceramic braking system are also available.

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