The AMG should be renamed to the AMJ, the J stands for Jack Hammer
If we look back at the rivalry between cars, the performance family saloon battlefield has always been a little bit of a triple threat power fight. BMW’s M Division have given a precision-focused performance, while their Quattro fuelled rivals at Audi comforted us with four-wheel drive and a ton of grunt. Strangely enough, it was the Hulk inspired madmen at Mercedes AMG that showed us that a single lion-like exhaust note while shredding your rear tyres had the same effect as washing down an entire months subscription of viagra with 3 cases of Redbull. Never mind defibrillators, a single squeeze of your right foot would kickstart any corpse! (Please note, we have never tested this, we are just being a bit, outrageous.)
Now that BMW have dropped their M3/M4 cards on the table, and Audi have revealed their RS4 Avant, what will Mercedes AMG bring to this high powered axe fight?
Luckily, the epic dudes at “Car Advice” have got their hands on the 2015 Mercedes AMG 63 S. The “S” standard for the suicidal. Which is good, because that is what AMG do better than anyone else.
So, what do we have spec wise? The power plant (that is now used to jump start most planets) has been lifted from the AMG GT. It is a 4.0 litre V8, with two very clever turbos (biturbo) that are housed inside the cylinder banks. They call this the “hot inside V” configuration, but unlike the AMG GT that uses dry-sump lubrication that allows the engine to be positioned lower in the chassis, the C63 uses a wet-sump system.
What does all of this mean? Well compared to the 6.2 litre V8 found in the previous C63 AMG, less is more. Downsized motor found in the new C63 AMG S produces 375kW with a colossal earth moving 700 Nm of torque. Compared to Mercedes C63 AMG 507 edition, the 2015 rendition has 2 more kW but a staggering 90 Nm more torque. That is the same amount of torque you get from a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and more than the Death Star before Luke “use the force” Skywalker blew it to smithereens.
So, this all looks good? Well mechanically, it looks amazing. Less can be said for the exterior, though. We think that the 2015 C63 AMG S lacks the stance, muscle and overall “get out of my way before I move you out of my way” look the older, snarling, AMG had. If you miss the minuscule, it might just look like a C-Class. In fact, Mercedes didn’t have an AMG badge on the front end of the older C62 AMG simply because it never needed one!
Moving away from the aesthetics, which might be a bit unfair until we actually get to see the car, what else does the new car offer? The 2015 C63 offers something they like to call “active engine mounts” which improves not only the handling but pretty much stops any form of engine vibration which instantly reacts to cornering through levels of stiffness. AMG have improved on the in-house 7 speed MCT gearbox, which is not a dual clutch system much like most of its competitors, but shift response times promises to be just as quick.
Until we actually get to drive the new C63 on South African roads, we won’t be able to give it our full and honest opinion. One thing we can say from our research is that the new C63 is a well balanced, all-rounder. It does comfort well, due to its amazing chassis and smart transmission. It does performance extremely well due to this new biturbo 4.0-litre engine. The only aspect of the new car that we question, is it missing the lunatic 6.2-litre madness that it brought to any trump card battle? Where BMW had a 4.0 litre and Audi a 4.2, the AMG always brought more. It also ripped it’s rear tyres more, and made your ears ring more.
How would Mercedes ever better it? Well maybe with a pair of turbos and some clever engineering, but is that enough?
Thanks again to “Car Advice” for the update from Europe.
Here are some pics of what we can expect in South Africa.