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2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 Review

Monster Rocket

A three-quarter front view of a Mars Red 2010 Mercedes Benz C63

In short: A super-fast, high performance sports sedan.

The fewer questions you ask (how much does it cost? what is the gas mileage?) the more you will enjoy this car—or should we say toy. It possesses monstrous power, which no one would ever need in a civilized driving environment. But if you want to play, this is definitely the car for you—plus, you have a full trunk and room for three others. Acceleration will give you a back adjustment, saving you a trip to the chiropractor. You can even pretend to be driving a Formula 1 car—but be careful of excessive speed as it is easy to achieve (and get you into trouble as it did for World Champion Lewis Hamilton prior to the Australian Grand Prix) thanks to its high-torque engine.

In truth, most people might not even pick this race-ready thoroughbred out of the paddock; however the expert eye will see a wider front end than the non-AMG product, with its dual power bulges on the hood reminiscent of early tuned SL's, micro trunk lid spoiler, some badges and a vented front end air dam. Bucket seats will hold you as tight as if you were in a NASCAR stock car—but please don't put your racing helmet on or the first law enforcement agent you come across will pull you over to see what's going on. Power-to-weight ratio is astounding, although the car is built of standard material with only carbon fiber as an option. Engage the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-speed automatic and consider yourself ready for a respectable time on the Nordschleife at Nürbugring where the C63 was tested endlessly. The hand-built 6.2-liter, naturally aspirated V8 HP motor generates a (barely legal) 451 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Now this is serious competition for a Mack truck (speaking of which, this engine comes from much larger Mercedes-Benz models). We love the quick steering ratio and found the car to be highly maneuverable.

A side view of a 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63

When these limited edition AMG-tuned sports sedans started in 1995, the C36 had a 276-horsepower inline 6-cylinder engine with 284 pound-feet of torque, reaching 60 mph in 5.9 seconds (it's now down to 4.3), and before that there was the 1986 DTM car "Evolution" 190 2.3-16 4-cylinder engined car. Since BMW's successful M3 packs in 414 horsepower and Audi throws a 420-horsepower V8 into their RS 4, the Mercedes-Benz AMG had to do something about it—and do something about it they did. We were very happy to drive our Mars red rocket. Not only does the four passenger sedan excel in a straight line, but it can also dance and corner like, well, a luxurious go-kart. It comes alive as early as 1,500 rpm and offers three shifting modes to choose from—C for Comfort as default, S for Sport, raising shift points, and M for Manual, keeping your fingers busy with the non-fixed paddle shifters. Suspension comes from the race-bred CLK Black series, and unique 18-inch, 5-spoke light alloy wheels are assigned, coupled with the necessary AMG high performance braking system. This ship could probably pass the 200 mph barrier if it was not electronically limited to 155 mph.

Yes, you can use the Mercedes-Benz C63 as a daily driver (remember the four seats and trunk), and the suspension is rather hospitable; however, you might need to spend the money saved at the chiropractor—or with your shrink as you try to cope with the frustration of not being able to use all of that muscle power.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile drivetrain warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile corrosion warranty; 24-hour roadside assistance program


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $57,350 / As tested: $68,705

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 6.3-liter, 32-valve naturally aspirated V8 engine
Horsepower: 451 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque: 443 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission: AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-speed automatic

Curb weight:
3,924 lbs
Wheelbase: 108.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 186.1/69.7/56.6 in
Turning circle: 35.5 ft

Brakes:
AMG High Performance Braking System; 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with brake assist
Suspension: AMG front suspension with stabilizer bar; AMG rear suspension

Traction: AMG 3-stage stability program; anti-slip regualtion

0-60 mph: 4.3 seconds
Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
12 mpg
EPA Highway: 19 mpg

Safety:
2-stage dual front airbags; head protection side curtain airbags; front seat-mounted side airbags

Likes: power, power, power
Dislikes: mpg ($2,100 gas guzzler tax); no keyless operation; no push start button

 

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