Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG: PH Buying Guide


The all-new Mercedes-AMG C63 ay be grabbing the headlines at the moment, but its predecessor can not be overlooked. In W204 C-Class guise, the C63 boasts that legendary M156 6.2-litre normally aspirated V8 that is the key to its appeal. Almost every owner we have spoken to cited the engine's noise, power and drama as a defining reason for buying the car, and many reckon their car is a keeper as a result.

The perfect PH family wagon
The perfect PH family wagon
Launched in early 2008, the first UK cars arrived in the middle of that year with a 457hp version of the M156 V8 engine and seven-speed automatic gearbox. With 442lb ft of torque to help it along, the C63 covered 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds for the saloon and 4.6 seconds for the estate with an electronically limited 155mph top speed.

Mercedes also offered the Performance Pack that didn't touch the engine but added uprated brakes, carbon fibre boot spoiler, firmer suspension and a limited-slip differential, as well as raising the speed limiter to 174mph. Then in 2009, the Performance Pack Plus was launched, though this deleted the limited-slip differential from its equipment list and made it a cost option. However, the Plus pack increased engine power to 487hp.

Other power outputs for the 6,208cc V8 arrived with the limited edition, UK-only DR520, the Edition 507 and Black Series. Only 20 of the DR520s were made and each has a 520hp motor that lowers the 0-62mph time to 4.1 seconds for the saloon and 4.2 seconds for the wagon. Top speed for the DR was increased to 187mph.

Mad Black Series arrived in 2011
Mad Black Series arrived in 2011
The Black Series Coupe arrived in mid-2011 and was lauded as the most powerful ever C-Class at the time. Using engine components borrowed from the SLS, its engine made 517hp to deal with 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds. With fatter arches and the option of the AMG Track Package with softer compound tyres, active rear axle transmission cooling and the AMG Aerodynamics pack, the Black Series was AMG's way of reminding the world of its motorsport roots.

With the C63 AMG Edition 507, Mercedes created the last hurrah for this model. It has a 507hp version of the V8 engine and effectively replaced the Performance Pack. Acceleration was slightly better than the standard C63's, but the 507 also comes with larger front brakes and six-pot calipers. It also has the same bonnet as the Black Series.

As the C63 was offered in saloon, estate and coupe forms, plus the various versions and limited edition models, there is a lot of choice out there. An early C63 AMG saloon or estate will cost you from around £22,000 in fine fettle or you can spend £100,000 on a late Black Series with minimal mileage. All are great to drive, but there are some points to watch for as you can find out in this guide. We'll concentrate on the mainstream C63 models as they are most plentiful.

 

 

 


PHer's view:
"I bought the car over its competitors primarily because, although it didn't always come out top in group tests, with the large capacity V8 engine it was going to be more characterful and fun up to eight or nine tenths, and I'd rarely be in a position to give it ten tenths as a lot of my driving is urban and motorway. It hasn't disappointed."
Will Dyer


Buying guide contents:
Introduction

Powertrain
Rolling chassis
Body
Interior
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  • ghibbett 29 Mar 2015

    Also check for interior rattles on face lift cars. They can be pretty bad.

    Agree the LSD make a BIG difference to the drive. It really allows the driver to control the car's yaw angle with the throttle.

    Finally there is a noticeable difference in both ride and slip progression between the 18"s and 19"s.

    P.S. I ran one for 2 years and the associated costs are in my 'garage'.

  • gigglebug 30 Mar 2015

    ghibbett said:
    Also check for interior rattles on face lift cars. They can be pretty bad.

    Agree the LSD make a BIG difference to the drive. It really allows the driver to control the car's yaw angle with the throttle.

    Finally there is a noticeable difference in both ride and slip progression between the 18"s and 19"s.

    P.S. I ran one for 2 years and the associated costs are in my 'garage'.
    Was 30K expenditure for 2 years expected and planned for or did it come as a bit of a shock? It really helps to quantify the overall cost of running such a car seeing the monthly total in your blog, would be a lot of peoples budget for a car full stop! Were you able to demo a variety of differently specced cars before you came to your ideal compromise? I always think that many will end up buying blind based on what they think will be their perfect option list without actually being able so sample it. Not their fault obviously more the availability of demo cars with different specs

  • Oddball RS 30 Mar 2015

    A car I would like to own in my head but not in reality, I can just hear the excuses now why you get a tenner for it at trade in time. Dealers don't seem to be short of them either.

  • gigglebug 30 Mar 2015

    [quote=Oddball RS]A car I would like to own in my head but not in reality, I can just hear the excuses now why you get a tenner for it at trade in time. Dealers don't seem to be short of them either.[/quote

    Depends on when they stop depreciating heavily and level out I suppose assuming you can live without it not being a brand new car. If Ghibbetts is typical then paying 36K for a 60K list car that is only 2 years old with less than 15K miles on it seams like a good deal for the second owner especially if it's been cherished and any niggles have been sorted out in that time. I know 36K is still a hell of a lot for a car and more than I'll every be spending I should think but the market for this level is growing not shrinking

  • allan1609 30 Mar 2015

    I can see these starting to hold good money due to the character of the engine. There is something special about a n/a V8..

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