Wicked Wheels

Car India|July 2020

Wicked Wheels
With no direct competition from BMW or Audi, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé has the entire road to itself. But nothing’s perfect in life, is it?
Sarmad Kadiri

For years now, Mercedes-AMG have been turning their magic on the c-class to transform it into its most dynamic form. A firebreathing, tyre-shredding sports car that looks, sounds, and performs... er... the way an AMG should. The latest to reach our shores is the c 63 coupé, which, unlike its predecessor, the c 63 s, sheds two of its doors and appears more muscular and sharper with the raked roof-line. Interestingly, both the coupé and s share the exact same dimensions, the only visible difference is that our test car is slightly lighter than its four-door sibling. The protuberant wheel-arches and the pronounced creases on the bonnet make no secret about the dynamism and performance the AMG has in store and ensures no one mistakes it for an ordinary c-class.

The other big giveaway is the distinct grille with vertical slats, “Panamericana” in Mercedes speak, accompanied by a set of Led headlamps and gaping air dams. The exterior is tastefully draped in carbon-fiber elements, like the front lip-spoiler and one on the boot. At the rear, the short trunk dons split Led taillamps, the quad-tipped exhaust, and a set of air-vents complete the sporty design. The new form makes the coupé probably the stylish best in the line-up barring the big daddy — AMG GT, of course.

The standard car comes with 18-inch wheels, but our test vehicle ran on larger wheels (19-inch front and 20-inch rear) with low-profile tyres and the bulging rear arches framing the super-wide rear wheels. The thin slice of rubber on them reminded me of the rather firm ride of the C 63 S which had left me literally rattled. Hopefully, the Coupé would be a better set-up for our diverse road surfaces.

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