It is becoming harder to find a compact-luxury car with incredible performance. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-class hot-rod Mercedes-AMG C63 is something we can all be thankful for. You can choose from a sedan, coupe or convertible. Each model comes with a twin turbocharged V-8 engine, hand-built in Affalterbach Germany. The C63 produces 469 horsepower while the C63S is tuned to produce 503 horsepower. This car is fast and will bring joy to your mundane commute. The C63 is so fun that you may not mind the rough ride.
What’s new for 2020?
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 has a few changes in equipment. Both coupes and sedans have keyless access, and the trunklid can be controlled hands-free. All 2020 C63 convertibles include the Aircap feature. This uses deflectors to keep open-air cockpits warm or cool and power-folding sideview mirrors. Iridium Silver Metallic is the exterior color.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
Although you may prefer the coupe or convertible style, we would rather go with the sedan. The sedan is lighter than the coupe’s full-length panoramic sunroof, which allows in more sunlight, but adds weight. We like the elegant appeal of a four-door. Although the C63 S is more powerful, the performance differences between the two models are very minor. The S model only has the nine-step AMGTraction Control system. However, we found it too intrusive on the C63 coupe we tested in Lightning Lap 2019. We would rather get the C63 sedan with the Exterior Lighting package. This will give you adaptive LED headlights as well as the AMG Performance front seat, which are extremely supportive.
Performance, Transmission and Engine
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S and C63 S are powered by a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 engine. It produces 469 horsepower and 479 pounds-feet of torque in the C63. The C63 S increases the power output with 503 horsepower, and 516 lb.ft. The engines are powered by a nine-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive. Electronically, top speed is limited to 155 mph for the C63 and 180 at the S. The C63 S achieved a quarter-mile speed of 122 mph in just 3.7 seconds. We have not tested the C63. Lightning Lap 2019 saw a C63S coupe run a 2:57.1 lap. This puts it behind the discontinued Cadillac CTSVon our all time list. All C63s are equipped with an electronically controlled, limited-slip rear differential as well as an AMG Ride Control suspension and adaptive dampers. C63 S models come standard with dynamic engine mounts. Excellent handling. The C63 S was equipped with summer tires and managed 1.02 g’s of acceleration on the skidpad. It also braked in just 157 feet from 70 mph to an abrupt halt at 70 mph. The ride over rough pavement is not pleasant and this capability comes at the cost of comfort.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The EPA fuel economy of the C63 and C63S is identical, however there are some differences between the body styles. The sedan’s EPA rating is 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Both the cabriolet and coupe are EPA-rated at 17 mpg city. However, the coupe is rated at 26 mpg highway compared to the convertible’s 24.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Black faux-leather/microfiber upholstery is standard in the regular-strength C63, while the S models have leather seats. Both models have the option of aluminum or wood interior accents. The AMG Performance seats have ventilation and are a big favorite of ours. The cockpit is spacious and can be loaded with technology, but this car is elegant and refined. Both the materials and ambience match the high asking price. The C63 sedan’s trunk is 12.6 feet long, while the coupe’s cargo area is 10.5 feet. Both models have a 40/20/40 split folding rear seat. The C63 cabriolet comes with a standard soft-top power-operated (available in four colours) that provides 8.8 cubic feet of cargo storage when the top is down. The rear seats can be folded in half.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG comes standard with a 10.3-inch touchscreen and two USB ports. Standard features include a Burmester surround sound audio system and a six month trial of SiriusXM satellite radio. Factory navigation, a 12.3-inch customizable digital instrument panel and a head up display are all options. The optional AMG Drive unit, which allows you to quickly access buttons on your steering wheel to adjust the car’s drivetrain and chassis settings, might be worth considering. AMG Track Pace is another option that allows you to store performance data from the vehicle in your infotainment interface while you drive on a road course.