A Fresh Air Mercedes AMG Outing For MHH International
C-Class Mercedes come in all manner of styles; all of them fine cars, it has to be said. Enthusiasts though might prefer the Mercedes AMG C-Class which itself is available in no less than twelve versions as Saloon, Estate, Coupé and Cabriolet. All models come with a choice of V6 biturbo engine and all-wheel drive or V8 biturbo engine in two output ratings: 469bhp from the twin-turbo 4.0L eight-pot achieving 62mph in just 4.2 seconds from rest. The ‘S’ version adds another 34bhp. Rear-wheel drive and rear-axle limited-slip differential are standard.
If, however, you want to combine wind-in-the-hair al fresco motoring joy with astonishing performance, aurally and actually, then the Mercedes C63 AMG is the version to pick. At the top of the price band for the model range, this car will cost around £66,000 new, in the UK. Mercedes are probably onto a winner with this car simply because there isn’t much competition. There’s plenty of sporting soft-tops certainly but few with a saloon car quality interior and four useable seats. With the roof down, as I found on the excursion, the V8 sounds fantastic.
On The Road
With any performance car owners can expect running costs to be on the high side compared to regular models in the range. No surprise then that the same applies here. Despite this, with a little effort by the driver to be forever not putting the boot in, it is possible to achieve around 30 miles per gallon. Not great, but not terrible either. Obviously emissions climb the scale; for this car the output of CO2 is 208g/km. As previously mentioned, all models are rear-wheel drive and have seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Accelerate hard in any gear and, without seemingly any effort, you’ll be pushed back into your seat with aural entertainment courtesy of the four exhaust tail pipes.
Now a warning: Even with the modern addition of turbochargers and with handling managed by electronic stability programmes, a V8 is an old-school V8. It can catch out the unwary or inexperienced, especially on a damp road.
On The Inside
With the AMG C63 the company has really stepped up when it comes to interiors; they’ve had to, given the prestige competition out there from other brands. All interior materials are of top-notch quality, with comfortable all-leather seats. All the controls are to hand and easy to use, as is the infotainment system including apps and navigation. In Comfort mode the suspension will easily soak up the worst road surfaces without compromising handling much, but there are four different AMG ‘Dynamic Select’ transmission modes. Sport and Sport Plus are probably where most drivers would want to be. Even on the short MHH ride, the Mercedes AMG C63 cabriolet really impressed. Erring on the side of awesome, in fact.