Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 10 Oct 2018
The term “muscle car” usually refers to high-powered American car with two doors and a whopping big V8 motor. But what is a modern-day muscle car?
In my opinion that is a question that’s not easy to answer in the modern world of motoring, however, there a few examples which fit the bill. The current AMG tuned Mercedes-Benz C63s is one of these.
The AMG philosophy is rather simple. Take a well-engineered product of German heritage from Mercedes-Benz, throw out some of the components and add a mighty Oberglas of power to the mix. The AMG C63s features a simply staggering 375 kW’s coupled with its monumental 700 Nm of torque and all delivered through its 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 motor. 0-100 km/h is dealt with in around the 4.0-seconds mark.
All the grunt is pushed through the Benz’s 7G Tronic transmission with power sent through the rear wheels. While rear drive has always been a great option, with the massive amounts of torque served-up by the AMG C63s you really need to be alert at all times, particularly when you engage its magical and quite scary Race mode.
Each engine built by the Mercedes-Benz AMG Affalterbach follows the simple “one engine, one craftsman rule,” and as a result feels as individually special to drive as it is unique to its owner.
A Coupé of Distinction
Svelte beauty, design distinction are some of the ways to sum-up the elegant coupe lines of the Mercedes-Benz AMG C63s. From its spattering of AMG badges to its array of accessories including the likes of a pronounced carbon-fibre lip above the boot lid and wire style open alloys, the C63s makes a presence which is much in keeping with its performance characteristics.
From supportive deep and comfortable bucket-seats to the all media encompassing Mercedes-Benz Command multimedia system, the AMG C63s Coupé blends sport with luxury and coupé elegance.
The Benz’s major competitors come in the way of the M-Powered BMW M4 and Audi RS5 Coupé. Having driven all three of these vehicles, I found the BMW to be the most track focussed, while the Audi presents the most comfort, in terms of grand touring and the AMG tuned C63s Coupé represents the one which is the most brutal in terms of the soundtrack which it produces and its bruising muscle dynamics.
While all three of the Germans represent a very special trio, each with their own unique traits, for me, the Mercedes-Benz is the one which can most be described as a modern day brawler. Terrifying performance combined with modern day elegance and beauty, long-live AMG Affalterbach!