Now that Mercedes also has a top-performing luxury sedan that can (kinda) drive itself, Tesla is no longer the only car manufacturer that has one.
Presenting the Mercedes AMG C63 S Sedan – the most over the top design of Mercedes-Benz brand new C-Class compact sedan tuned by AMG – the performance branch of this German automaker.
This sedan is more that a well-balanced sports sedan, with its well-furnished interior, twin-turbo-charged V8 and semi-autonomous tech, it is a solid glimpse of the future of luxury high-performance cars.
Although the C63 S Sedan has excellent driving dexterity, what really stands out is its well-roundedness. It comfortably plays the roles of luxury family transport, high-tech commuter and four-door supercar. This car comes with Mercedes’ Distronic Plus Steering Assist. This basically gives the car the ability to maintain a solid place in the driving lane, up to the point when something throws it off – like faded line markings, potholes in the pavement or sharp turns – at which point the system will simply cut off with little warning, which can be quite scary.
Also differentiating it from Tesla’s Autopilot is the constant insistence of the system that you keep your hands on the steering wheel all the time. This is probably a great idea as one can be required to take control over the steering wheel at any time.
Other than that the Distronic Plus system functions with no flaws. It keeps pace with traffic, accelerating or slowing down when necessary.
Lying beneath the muscular hood is a hand-built 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that yields 516 pound-feet of torque and 503 horsepower. Going through the AMG 7-speed automatic sport transmission and exiting at the rear wheels, this power propels the C63 S from 0 to 60mph in 3.9 seconds, getting to an electronically restricted top speed of 180mph.
German sports sedans have historically felt significantly heavy, especially during high-speed cornering. This is due to the fact that luxury additions add extra weight.
On the other hand, car manufacturers would often install very stiff, unrelenting suspension systems to balance out the weight of the vehicle. This didn’t go down too well with drivers.
Fortunately, the C63 S has not gone any of these routes. Instead, the suspension has been carefully crafted to be both sophisticated and sporty. The effect is a four-door family car that drives like an expensive supercar.
This allows the driver to comfortably carry very high speeds through turns. And the brakes are excellent too.
There are a few setbacks though, the sports seats are a bit uncomfortable, and the speaker system lacks that x-factor and clarity. Although, when you look at it, these are very minor setbacks.
The engine shuts down at stoplights thanks to auto start-stop technology that has been fitted, which saves money on fuel. The cabin is quiet on the open road while still maintaining its ‘Mercedes-ness.’ There is also a button that easily allows the driver to quiet down the exhaust.
The Mercedes COMMAND infotainment system is easy to use.
All this extravagance definitely does not come cheap. Pricing starts at $71,900. However, that really isn’t such a bad starting price for this supercar.