Updated 3.17.15 With 63 New Photos
This subtle but sweet C63-S is the hottest model in the new C-Class range, atop all others — even its two other AMG brothers. That’s right. There will also be a C63 and a C450 AMG. The C63-S is clearly the one to lust after, with its 510-horsepower topping the Lexus RC-F, M3 and all other exec supercoupes/supersedans.
There is a big issue with this car, however, and the lack of people oogling it in Amelia Island makes that clear.
It is just too subtle.
The car, at least in this grey on a grey day, is just not very captivating. The wheels look tiny, and the front grille in silver feels cheap. This is not a jab at the car itself. This C63-S just does not look twice as fast and ferocious as the C300 4Matic Sport.
The main changes versus the standard cars are are in the front and rear bumpers. The front is a gloss-black mustache insert in the lower bumper for this S Model, bright in the standard C63.
In back, quad squared exhaust pipes are a lovely black for this S Model, again versus the bright silver of the C63.
Gloss-black sill decor is also a C63-S detail, along with an ultra-small rear lip spoiler atop the trunk.
Inside, the C63-S is defined by its racing seats with hard-backed shells and bright cutouts for racing harnesses.
Not sure how to dramatically crank up the visual intensity of this C63 when the base car is so fantastic already. But whatever the case, this new C63 lacks almost all the curb appeal of the first-gen C36.
Various Night Styling and Aero Styling might become options, as they are on the GLA45 AMG. But this C63-S is already supposed to be the most extreme variant, with pricing likely kissing $77,000. So an extra $10k in styling mods atop that is a big ask.
2015 Mercedes-AMG C63-S