Mercedes-AMG C 63 S launched in Malaysia

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S launched in Malaysia

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What’s formerly known as the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG, performance flagship of the C-Class range, has been officially re-designated as the Mercedes-AMG C 63, officially launched today for the Malaysian market.

Based on the hugely-successful current-generation W205 C-Class, the new C 63 is globally available in two variants, the C 63 and the more potent C 63 S with uprated outputs. Our market receives the latter version as standard and, for this year only, owners can opt for fitment of the Edition 1 trim available exclusively for early adopters.

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Like all Mercedes-AMG models, the C 63 is powered from an engine hand-assembled by the company’s famed engine builders based in Affalterbach. Based closely on the AMG GT’s M178 engine, the C 63’s M177 4.0-litre V8 is armed with two two turbochargers nestled between its cylinder banks that help boost its outputs to a manic 510hp and 700Nm in this enhanced C 63 S format.

Another feature carried over from the AMG GT is the use of dynamic engine mounts, which self-adjust their rigidity according to driving conditions – softening to improve comfort and isolation of noise and vibration; stiffening for better handling, agility, and a feel of connectedness for the driver.

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Routing power to the rear wheels is an AMG-developed 7-speed multi-clutch transmission programmed with five selectable driving modes – Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, and Race, a mode available exclusively for the C 63 S. In Race or either of the two Sport modes, drivers have the option of activating launch control to achieve the best possible standing start. The system is able to respond to changes in available traction on the tyres and adjust the launch control’s take off accordingly and power the C 63 S to a four-second century sprint, en route to an electronically-restricted top speed of 250kph.

In line with the substantial boost in performance over a regular C-Class, the C 63 is underpinned by a heavily modified chassis that features its own bespoke aluminium-intensive axles calibrated with performance optimized geometry. Adaptive shock absorbers allow the driver to choose between sportiness and comfort in three different configurations.

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Further improving traction is the fitment of an electronically-controlled rear locking differential that is able to reduce inner wheel slip whilst cornering, allowing the driver to confidently power out of bends earlier. Unlike certain electronic torque vectoring systems available in the market, the C 63’s trick diff is not brake-actuated. The device is also claimed to improve traction whilst taking off.

The diff works in unison with a three-stage stability control system that features a Sport mode as well as a fully off setting to allow no-holds barred driving. It is a statement how unruly the car can become with the control fully turned off as the official product release makes a point to state that ‘ESP OFF should only be used by very experienced drivers on enclosed race tracks’.

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Pricing for the all-new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S starts at a very competitive RM698,888 on-the-road without insurance. Edition 1 trim, offered for a limited time but with no fixed number of units, is available at RM723,888.

Vehicles specified in Edition 1 trim come with various design features such as a high-gloss black spoiler lip, chrome-plated tail pipes, and matt graphite grey sports stripes above the side sill panels. The interior of these cars are just as highly-specified, with red seat belts, electric-adjustable front seats with memory function and heating, performance steering wheel, and red pepper carbon fibre trim among many highlights.


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