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2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 Photo: Supplied
2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 Photo: Supplied
2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 Photo: Supplied
 
 
David McCowen | Jul, 25 2018 | 0 Comments

Mercedes-AMG has resisted the temptation to pile on extra power for its updated C63 AMG.

Revised in time for the 2019 model year, the updated model features improved materials and fresh electronics intended to make the machine easier to tame.

The most popular model in the AMG family is arguably its naughtiest - a rear-wheel-drive weapon powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 more than capable of vaporising the back tyres.

Producing the same 375kW and 700Nm peak outputs as before, the C63 now features a nine-speed automatic transmission and electronically controlled rear differential hooked into a radical traction and stability control system.

Mercedes-AMG raised more than a few eyebrows by introducing a rubber-burning “Drift Mode” for its 2017 E63 executive express, one that disconnects the front driveshafts and completely disables all driver aids to make sideways action a possibility for those with the skill or bravery to attempt it.

The new C63 promises to be much more accessible, with a fresh set of stability control settings including a variable traction control setup borrowed from the Mercedes-AMG GT R and its GT3 racing cousin - accessed through a rotary controller on the steering wheel.

As Mercedes puts it, AMG Traction Control “allows preselection of the slip on the rear axle in one of nine levels… Level 1 is programmed for driving in the wet with high safety reserves. Level 9 allows maximum slip on the rear axle”.

“When the wheels reach this level of slip during acceleration, the traction control modulates the engine output so that this level is not exceeded and the C 63 S continues accelerating with this specified slip.”

In other words, you can dial in the amount of drift you want to see from the rear end, and the C63 should hold that slip angle.

Beyond that there is a new range of stability control settings including “Basic”, “Advanced”, “Pro” and “Master”.

Revised electronically-controlled suspension and dynamic engine mounts should make the C63 easier to live with, too. 

The new model can be spotted at a distance thanks to vertical bars on its “Panamericana grille”, and subtly reworked front and rear bumpers with revised LED lighting. On the inside, a new digital dash is augmented by a widescreen infotainment system with fresh track apps to tempt weekend warriors.

New materials include a wider selection of open pore wood trims and leather treatments including eye-catching quilted brown leather available for the C63 sedan and wagon.

As before, Australia will only receive the most potent "S" version of the car. 

The new model arrives locally in August and September. Visit Drive.com.au tomorrow for driving impressions surrounding the new machine.

 
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