- Stunning V-8 power
- Paddle-shift controls
- Sharp steering
- Automatic transmission only
- Cramped rear seats
- Busy interior styling
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sports a fluid ride, spot-on handling, and shrieking power to make it the most accomplished C-Class ever built.
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The 2008 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is the fastest C-Class Mercedes of all, and from first glance, it's clear that it's no ordinary German sedan.
In becoming an AMG model, the C-Class sedan gets plenty of hot add-ons, including new wheel flares and a bubbled-up hood, as well as new front and rear bumpers, badges, air intakes, and LED taillamps. But it's the transformation under the hood that changes its personality from efficient to ferocious.
The C63 AMG is powered by the first engine developed entirely by AMG: a 6.3-liter V-8 that produces 451 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque for a breathtaking acceleration time of 4.3 seconds from 0-60 mph. Teamed to a seven-speed automatic transmission, its top speed is 155 mph, but a special option on the order form for the 2009 model year lets you remove the limiter so that the C63 drill its way through the troposphere at 186 mph.
The cockpit's been updated too, with comfy sport seats, a better audio system, and new trim, none of which do much to tone down the button-afflicted interior. Along with the sheer power at hand, the pop-up navigation system adds to the feeling of helming a Boeing 737.
Crash performance (six airbags and stability control are standard) and fuel economy are good, but it's the AMG C63's stupefying handling and traction that draws in enthusiasts. The C63 AMG claws the pavement like it's racing to a catfight, brakes with the authority of a Supreme Court justice, and loves to blip up and down with its paddle-shifted automatic. There's no manual transmission option, though we didn't find it to be a fatal flaw.
The Benz C63 AMG does have some clay in its feet, though. The rear seat has tight head- and legroom, and the black upholstery adds to the sense of confinement. The trunk space is big enough for a family's long weekend of luggage, though.