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BRUTISH BEAUT - Mercedes-AMG C63 S

AMG has given the C-Class a new face and some trick tech

Mercedes-Benz South Africa has finally introduced the facelifted version of the C63 S locally. With the refreshed model, Mercedes has opted to drop the C63 and only keep the C63 S versions on their roster – much like they have done with other model lines. The C63 S is once again available in a choice of three body styles – sedan, coupe and cabriolet.

As a refresher, the facelifted C63 S will use the same bi-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 as before, and output an identical 375kw and 700nm. The biggest change under the skin of the C63 S, is that it bins its previous 7-speed transmission in favour of a new AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission. Its AMG Dynamic Select drive also now includes six programs: "Slippery", "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport+", "RACE" and "Individual", each of which alters the engine and transmission response, steering characteristics, suspension damping, and exhaust sound.

Also controllable from its AMG performance steering wheel, are 9 presets for traction control – as seen on the Nurburgring-conquering AMG GT R. Depending on the setting, the system permits more or less slip on the rear wheels - very helpful in varying road conditions. And just like the AMG GT S, the C63 S once again comes with dynamic motor mounts can adapt their stiffness smoothly and in fractions of a second to the prevailing driving conditions and style.

The facelifted C63 S also gains a refreshed interior, including a fully-digital instrument cluster, a new 10.25-inch infotainment screen, and some new trims and materials. The exterior gets a more aggressive front bumper, a new Panamericana grille, and a more defined rear diffuser with the trademark quad pipes.

Whereas its predecessor was manufactured locally – with its hand-built engine flown in from Affalterbach – local production of this facelifted version is only slated to commence at a far later stage, meaning these updated C63 S models will be imported.

Pricing for the line-up is as follows, with all models sold with a complimentary AMG Advanced Driver’s Course, and a 5-year/100 000km premium maintenance plan as standard.

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Sedan                 R1 560 136

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe                 R1 623 015

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet             R1 743 374

 

 

 

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