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“The C63 is an absolute torque monster, which makes it more fun to drive at low speeds.”
“The COMAND system is light years ahead of the old iDrive system. The system smartly uses the instrument-cluster LCD for things like navigation prompts, so it’s easier to use while in motion.”
“With the money you’ll save by purchasing the C63, you’ll be able to buy new tires after you burn through the first set doing doughnuts in the parking lot.”
In the end…
“We are bracing ourselves for the howls of BMW fans. Hey, we like Bimmers, too, but all things taken into account, the C63 won out. In most rounds, the C63 scraped by the M3 just a little, gaining precious ground for cabin tech features, exterior looks, and price. For all-around performance, the cars tied–the C63 boosted by its bigger engine, the M3 helped by its DCT. After BMW updates its cabin tech and electronics interface next year, the M3 will probably fare better in a rematch.”
Read the full comparison at www.reviews.cnet.com
The 2009 C63 is available with 5 interior options. Having only seen the Black Leather (210), I was at a loss when Randall from California asked me exactly what the other interiors looked like. Since I couldn’t answer his question he visited a couple of local dealers and here are the results!
Sahara Beige/Black Leather Interior (205) only has the Beige Leather on the front of the driver and passenger seats. The whole dash, back of the seats and headliner are black.
The AMG Select Fabric Interiors (701 and 718) which are standard for 2009, are still a bit of a mystery. We have not seen it in person but it should look something like this. The Mercedes-Benz fabric has always been very good looking and shockingly durable. It was standard on the 2006 ML’s for a brief time and I was very impressed with the high quality and appearance of the fabric.
Thanks to Randall for filling in this gap my C63 knowledge!
If you missed the one hour Speed Channel Test Drive of the new C63 AMG they are re-airing it several times during the coming weeks. Sunday 5/4 @ 10:30am – Monday 5/12 @ 2:00pm – Tuesday 5/27 @ 3:00am – Saturday 5/31 @ 8:00pm. For an up to date list visit the Speed website.
“Host Tommy Kendal, along with world-class racecar drivers Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell, takes you to the ends of the earth to unleash the full power of Mercedes’ C63 AMG, in this incredible one-hour Test Drive!
From the dazzling frozen ice fields of Sweden, to the blazing high-speed turns of Firebird Raceway, to the molten lava of Hawaii’s volcano fields, it’s an extreme one-hour Test Drive of Fire & Ice!”
“The M3′s V8 is as swift and sharp as a katana sword, while the C63′s V8 punches like a set of brass knuckles. And whereas the M3 sounds best when it’s being caned ruthlessly, the C63 barks like a beast when you simply twist the key and start it.”
“Despite boasting similar power-to-weight ratios, the C63 runs notably quicker than the M3 sedan in a straight line. It clicks off the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds at113.7 mph, compared to the BMW’s 12.9 seconds at 111.1 mph, an advantage of 0.4second and 2.6 mph. Likewise, 60 mph comes up in 4.1 seconds in the Benz and 4.5seconds in the Bimmer.”
“But if powersliding hooliganism is more your style, then the C63 is your choice, since it’ll sustain a tail-out attitude around a corner until the steel cords show through the rear tires.”
“The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG also crackles with character, something the M3 could use a bit more of.”
A lot of people are comparing the Mercedes-Benz C63 to the BMW M3. Everyone wants to drive this new car! For a long time, the M3 has been the top of the heap in the small and sporty category. Most reviewers are acknowledging that the M3 is still a great car, very balanced and capable, but the consensus is that the C63 is more fun! Take a look at the full review from Edmunds. If you are interested in ordering a C63 or being notified if one become available, please let me know!
“Where this engine will trump the forthcoming M3′s V-8 is not with its 30-plus extra horsepower, but with its titanic 148-pound-foot torque advantage.”
“Turn-in is quick, effort builds naturally with cornering intensity, and the chassis responds in ways that would make a blindfolded Bimmerphile surprised to find a three-pointed star on the airbag cover.”
“Perhaps the most intoxicating aspect of car is its engine note-pure NASCAR stocker outside (it’s impossible to believe this car passes the 75-dBA Euro noise regs), just enough mechanical music inside.”
AMG Standard Feature:
AMG Speed-Sensitive Sport Steering
AMG sports suspension with 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels
AMG high-performance brake system
AMG sports seats with integrated head restraints
AMG performance steering wheel – flattened lower section – shift paddles
2008 C63 AMG Option Packages:
(P01) Premium 1 – Standard on C63 AMG
SIRIUS Satellite Radio
Heated Front Seats
Garage Door Opener
(P02) Premium 2 – $1,080
All Items in Premium 1 Package
Power Rear-Window Sunshade
Headlamp Washing System
Cornering Fog Lamps
(318)Leather Package – $2,950
Power Passenger Seat w/Memory
Power Dr.Seat & Steering Col. w/ Memory
(Seems to be mandatory on C63)
(320) Multimedia Package – $2,950
Music register with 4 gig hardrive
COMAND Navigation System
DVD video playback
Harman/Kardon 450-watt Sound System
Stand Alone Options:
iPod Integration Kit – $375
TeleAid – $650
6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer – $450
—030 AMG Performance Package will be avaliable this summer
Interior Color Options:
Black Leather (201)
Black/Sahara Beige (205)
Grey/Black Leather (208)
–all three interiors are avaliable with any exterior color
Exterior Color Options:
Black(040) – No Charge
Obsidian Black (197) – $710
Capri Blue(359) – $710
Barolo Red(544) – $710
Mars Red(590) – No Charge
Arctic White(650) – $710
Pewter (723) – $710
Steel Grey(755) – $710
Iridium Silver(775) – $710
Palladium Silver(792) – $710
The 2008 C63 is currently in production for release in April. It has drawn a lot of interest and I am very excited about how well it has been reviewed. While the C63 came in second in this Motor Trend comparison, it is obvious that they loved the car and had a blast driving it.
“Hurtling the C63 down the quarter mile is like firing a Government Model Colt 45. The result is rewarding in an explosive sense. Mercedes-Benz quotes 0-to-60 in 4.3, but just the right launch technique yielded a best time of 4.1 seconds. That’s on par with 8.0-liter Dodge Vipers of just a decade ago.”
“Two areas stand out here: seats and steering wheels. In keeping with its ballsy nature, the C63 has firm, thickly bolstered front buckets….Everyone loves the Mercedes’ steering wheel. It’s squared off at the bottom, like a DTM racer’s, is thickly padded with dimpled leather at the handgrip areas, and has easy-to-reach shifter paddles.”
“The Bad Benz won a lot of hearts. It’s the quickest in a straight line, second fastest in road-course work, and stops the shortest, too. The C63′s fierce accel and Howitzer exhaust note are reason enough to own it. This sophisticated, four-wheeled pit-bull spews emotion, knows what it is, and won’t care if everyone likes its edgy nature or not.”
Read Motor Trend’s full comparison here.