Hello fellow Connoisseurs and welcome to your weekly car review! Today's car is the Mercedes Benz C63S AMG wagon. If you're thinking, "aren't wagons dead?". Well yes, they sort of are but make sure Mercedes doesn't hear that because this C63 is a proper performance machine.
If you're reading this review because you have been considering this wagon as the family ferry. Then I advise you to look away now, this car will make the kids cry and will probably frighten your dog into having an "accident" in the boot. Yes, it is that type of machine. While that V8 has been downsized, Mercedes have thrown in two turbos into the mix to make sure that is not sane by any means of the word. If anything, it's even madder now.
Let's start with the outside. What comes with the AMG package? Lots of AMG badges, that's what. There's one on the front and back, two on the sides. There's some embossed into the exhaust pipes, wheels and the brake calipers. That's about 14 so far and I could bet you that there are probably more hidden somewhere else. The car is visibly low which means you will have to watch that front end when entering your driveway or exiting it for that matter. There's a large air dam at the front, let's be frank and say that those are not vents. This beast needs BIG gills to cool that engine. Some say, you can hear the cooling fans from feet away after you're done thrashing, I mean driving the car. I wouldn't know though. Then there's the rear which has quad exhausts and because this isn't an Audi, they are all 100% authentic. Noise and fumes come out through those pipes and your finger will get sooty if you doubt the boffins at Merc.
All said and done though, it is a pretty car. Especially in this silver colour with the black wheels and red calipers! On a side note, look at the above picture once again because you can see a fairly generous layer of brake dust on the wheels. Bearing in mind that this car was rather new, it sure has been driven in a spirited manner.
Yes it is a pretty car and that theme continues on to the inside where there's beautifully crafted leather all around. You also get some beautiful wooden trim. Everything feels great to touch and as you run your hand along the dashboard, you can feel the difference in surfaces. Just picture this, you start with the leather atop the dashboard then run your hands down the walnut wood which will not give you splinters by any means, it's a Merc after all. Then you continue to observe the change in textures. Some of the aluminium is smooth, some have a pattern instead. There's some plastic here and there but none of that cheap stuff. Only the finest piano black plastic, almost reminds me of the time I unboxed my PSP for the first time and saw the beautiful piano black plastic glisten in the light. You could almost compare this whole dashboard to a jazz band. The pieces individually seem a little out of place but together, it works somehow! Then there's the piece d'resistance, the clock. This isn't an ordinary car clock with a Mercedes logo in it. It's an IWC and if you know your watches then you'll know they are a company that mean business. Usually these Swiss watches come as options that cost more than the car itself but not this one because this is a standard feature on the AMG! How cool is that. You can also have your clock outlined to match the brake calipers, that's probably an option though. We know car manufacturers aren't that generous.
The cabin is a symphony of surfaces
What have we determined so far. It looks good and it is quite comfortable on the inside. And with plenty of storage space, it's practical too but one doesn't buy an AMG for either of those things. So is it fast? Yes, it is (insert expletives here) fast! Is it noisy? Heck yes! Will it do burnouts? Yup, though I did't try so I can't be certain. The C63S gets off the line quickly but it doesn't really like that. Sink your foot to the floor and the car sinks the tires into the tarmac without really going anywhere. It does lack a bit in grip and it will test your bravery around corners but that's what you want from a C63 AMG. It needs to shake you right to your core.
I don't really have any words left to describe the car, the AMG scared everything out of me. That's the biggest downside of the car, there are times when you just want a peaceful drive and don't want to worry about your car attacking you. This car commands you to be vigilant at all times. Also, it is a very heavy drinker. Even the intention of going near the accelerator turns fuel into noise and lots of carbon. In short, I wouldn't want to live with one.
It's great to look at but you wouldn't want to live with one