2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series (6.2L V8 7-speed Automatic)
Driven On 8/2/2012
This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
Performance matters here. The C63 AMG Coupe accelerates to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Its brakes and suspension are competent and suited for track days. The Black Series is aesthetically aggressive, audibly delightful and built with quality.
PerformanceImpressive across all categories. It boasts 0-to-60-mph acceleration in 3.8 seconds and slows from 60-to-0 mph in 101 feet. The C63 generated 0.96g of lateral grip during testing. This car is the complete package.
Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph took 3.8 seconds en route to a quarter-mile pass 12.2 sec @ 115 mph. Race Start launch control was 0.15 sec slower than Sport Plus and our reflexes.
The C63 AMG Coupe reaches a stop from 60 mph in just 101 feet. Firm pedal, zero ABS commotion and nearly no nosedive. Absolutely impressive braking abilities.
Steering is quick and weighted properly to manage this well-balanced coupe. And the suede steering wheel wrap is great for grip once the palms get moist.
Excellent grip. We recorded 0.96g around the skid pad. Sport Handling ESC mode was hardly intrusive at all, allowing very aggressive turn-in.
Everyday driving is possible, but not the easiest to do in this car. The lower front lip not only rides low but sticks out, making driveway entries a mandatory artform.
ComfortThe C63 AMG Coupe is not known for comfort. The stiff, sporting suspension is not calibrated for leisure. Noise isolation similarly ranks low on the priority list. This car is made to be loud, and its voice enjoyed.
Seats conform tightly to the body laterally and offer support from that perspective. But they are clearly race-inspired, and as such, transmit plenty of road feel to the rump.
For a car built to run on the track, the C63 AMG Coupe is somewhat comfortable. Ordinary street driving can be tooth jarring. Avoid potholes at all costs.
Not a chance. Even parked with the engine off, the AMG is louder than most cars. Noise is part of its appeal. Yet with the windows up, phone conversations are loud and clear.
InteriorThis feels like a compact coupe. That's good when it comes to the controls, as everything is within reach. But as it pertains to interior access and space, the C63 is about average in the class. Rear seatbacks fold down.
All primary and secondary controls are within easy reach of the driver. The cabin layout is simple and functional.
The C63 rides low, like a sports car, so climbing in and out of the vehicle can be difficult for some. Tall, stiff bolsters for the front seats increase the degree of difficulty.
Front occupants will find the seats snug, offering limited space and room for moving around. Its compact dimensions see to it that the rest of the cabin is also tight.
Forward visibility is good. Rearward visibility is hampered by a tall trunk line, solid C-pillars and a large mounted wing. The back-up camera helps greatly.
Surprisingly, the coupe offers a fair amount of storage space. Bins up front swallow the little things while folding rear seatbacks amplify rear cargo room.
ValueBuild quality is excellent. Overall value is arguable due to its high sticker price, but as a low-volume collector-car it is quite appealing. The cost to own is generally high, however.
Build Quality (vs. $)
The C63 Coupe holds to the high build quality standards we've come to expect from Mercedes-Benz products.
Some might argue that no amount of features are worth the money. Others will say that any amount of money is worth this engine and suspension. We'll call it a draw.
The base price for a C63 AMG Coupe is $61,430. A series of Black Series packages and the carbon-fiber treatment launch the MSRP to $129,725. You don't buy this car for frugality.
You also don't buy this car for fuel economy. The EPA wagers 13 city and 19 highway mpg. Our best tank was 14 mpg, and our worst was 6 mpg. Gas-guzzler tax is $1,700.
A 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and 24-hour roadside assistance are yours with the cost of admission.
Pre-paid maintenance plan is available. And it is pre-paid by you.
Fun To DriveIntoxicating throttle blips on rev-matched downshifts send you rifling through the gears with little reason other than audible satisfaction. The V8 sounds awesome. Oh yeah, and the Black Series chassis knows what to do with corners, too.
This car is built for places where it pays to be fast and laps are timed. The only way to truly appreciate the driving experience is to put the C63 thorugh its paces on the track.
Aesthetic and audible character are what the C63 AMG Black Series bring to the table. We found it hard not to drive with a smile on our face.
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