2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG a Quick Drive with txGarage
Anytime you have the opportunity to drive something out of Mercedes-Benz stable it’s going to be a treat. The C-class has always been a sought after luxury vehicle but it’s not just luxury as with many Mercedes on sale today the C-class can be had in “evil-twin” AMG trim. Yes, the interior is fantastic; you get everything and more that you’ll ever want. This “Quick Drive” review won’t be focusing on interior though, we’re more interested in the atom-bomb under the hood.
The engine is a 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V8 pushing 451-horsepower and 443-lb-ft of torque so yes the 63 on the badge has true meaning with this car. This engine is matched up to a 7-speed Speedshift MCT Transmission that has some of the newest multi-clutch technology. Put these together and you can go from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. So needless to say, I just sat down and yes, I’m excited!
I have a quick plan, do a road run to see how well it handles out on the road then hit up the track. It took all of 30 seconds out on the rough roads around Texas Motor Speedway to make me think something was wrong. I pulled off into a parking area to check out the suspension settings. Is it in sport-mode already? No it’s in comfort, wow that’s not too comfortable. For normal everyday driving it seemed to me to be setup way too stiff. I spent a few minutes driving and messing with different setting before I finally gave up and headed for the infield track.
Now lets put this sucker in the track setting and go! Off the line you really feel the power this engine pushes out. It feels a lot like a raw muscle car as it’ll keep you kicked back in your seat all the way up to 6500-rpm. Going around corners feels pretty raw too. It’s easy to get sideways and smoke those back tires. You really want to stay on the accelerator pedal and push this car hard just to hear the glorious noise coming from the exhaust.
My few laps were up too soon what I’ve come away with after driving this car is that it’s blisteringly fast for as big of a coupe as it is, it’s as nice inside as you’d expect any Mercedes-Benz to be, but the suspension seems way too rough for everyday driving. If you still want one be ready to fork out a minimum of $61,430 and that’s easily pushed to over 75k with a few option boxes checked.
[photos by: Jonathan Gallegos, David Lynn Cole, and txGarge]