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SA Exclusive Test: Mercedes-AMG C63 S Edition 1 Coupe

01.11.2016

On paper, the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Edition 1 coupe is a complete hot rod for the modern age. Now sometimes statements made on paper can be slightly exaggerated. I therefor decided to see for myself if this car can live up to its reputation.In what is a South African exclusive, I got behind the wheel of this rare car, thanks to a friend who lent me the keys.

Looking the part

The Edition 1 definitely stands out thanks to its outlandish paint scheme. The car is finished in a Designo Magno Selenite matte Grey which is nothing out of the ordinary, but then it features a bright yellow racing stripe over the bonnet, roof and boot lid as well as some racing livery along the side, also finished in yellow.

If that’s not enough, the wheels too feature some yellow paint. It also has some added carbon fibre bits such as the rear diffuser and front splitter. Overall, it is an eye-catching thing to say the least.

On the inside, the yellow and matte grey theme continues with yellow stitching and matte grey inserts on the centre console. It also features some neat looking Performance seats. Other than that, there is very little to differentiate the interior from other C63 models.

Let’s talk performance

The Edition 1 makes use of the brands impressively brutal 4.0-litre biturbo V8, which, with the slightest prod of the throttle, fires 375 kW and 700 Nm at the rear wheels.  The engine is supported by the sophisticated AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes, a limited-slip differential and dynamic engine mounts.

In addition to all of this, the car also comes with a set of custom sports tyres which offer enhanced levels of traction on dry roads. The Edition 1 is also equipped with a ceramic high-performance compound brake system offering impressive deceleration abilities.The AMG engineers have also tweaked the suspension and steering which becomes evident when you get behind the wheel.

It feels sharper and more direct; it has this sort of focus on getting down the road as rapidly as possible while maintaining its composure. One of the main reasons for this composure is down to the front end feel of the car. There is a proper, genuine feel of precision that comes from the front end which inspires confidence when pushing hard through corners.

Is it a hot rod?

After spending some time with the car, I can say that it is a modern day hot rod. Sure, one can have a similar experience in the normal C63 S coup  but in all honesty, this Edition 1 model is so in your face that it makes the normal ones seem, well normal.

That paint scheme and the fact that it sends 700 Nm through the rear wheels which, if not up to temperature don’t really work as instruments of grip, is a laugh and that in itself is what a hot rod is all about; outlandish looks, massive amounts of tyre smoking power and many laughs and smiles. Unfortunately, only 25 people will experience those laughs because that’s the amount of cars that South Africa has been allocated and all of them have been sold.

Article written by Justin Jacobs
01.11.2016
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