A new transmission and a minor exterior and interior refresh headline the updates for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63.
The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 is carried over in two states of tune, the base model C63 has to make do with outputs of 350kW and 650Nm, while the C63 S variant gets 375kW and 700Nm. The additional power in the S will allow the car to hit 100km/h in 3.9 seconds compared to 4.0 seconds in the standard C63.
A nine-speed wet-clutch automatic replaces the old seven-speed gearbox. Mercedes-AMG developers have reprogrammed the software to provide faster upshifts and a multiple downshift function.
Both C63 variants now get an electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential, Mercedes-AMG says the advantage of the electronic unit is that it pushes the critical threshold higher, making it even easier to drive at the vehicle's limits.
AMG Ride Control – an electronically controlled damping system is also available. Drivers can toggle between Comfort, Sport and Sport+ to adjust the suspension characteristics to match the driving situation.
Style-wise, there is very little difference when compared to the outgoing model. The most noticeable change is the new AMG Panamericana grille. Those with an eye for the minutiae will spot the updated fins, air intakes and rear diffuser.
There is a choice of two new aerodynamically optimised 18- and 19-inch wheel designs. Engineers have focussed on wheel designs that improve aerodynamics, weight and brake cooling – it’s not all about the bling people!
It’s a similar story on the inside with changes best described as subtle. There’s a new AMG steering wheel, improved seat design and a digital instrument cluster can be optioned over the traditional dials.
If you’re one of the hardcore, the AMG Track Pack is available as an option. It comprises a track pace menu with visualisations of race tracks, sector and lap times. There is also an AMG Track Pace view in the optional head-up display with circuit graphic, bends, braking points, delta speed and absolute times.
The updated 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 range is expected to reach Australia in August, local specifications and pricing will be available closer to the car’s local launch.
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