2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive review Page 2

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Driving through the beautiful Algarve countryside, its mix of rolling hills and sweeping ocean vistas flashing between the famous cork trees, it would be easy to let the golden hue of happiness add its glow to whatever the rental agency offered, much less the new Mercedes-AMG C63.

But the C63 needs none of the frippery. It is its own European paradise.

From the comfortable and spacious seating to the capable and straightforward COMAND infotainment system, the C63 and C63 S are, in normal circumstances, among the best of Mercedes-Benz’s latest offerings—comfortable, smooth, and feature-packed.

Amp up the pace a tick, and the AMG comes out, like a good dose of bitters waking up a fine cocktail. What was pleasant becomes potent; what was serene, electrifying. The spirit of the C63 S explored on the track is in evidence on the road.

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive, Portugal

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive, Portugal

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2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive, Portugal

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive, Portugal

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2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive, Portugal

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive, Portugal

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The Non-S-Model

You may have noticed that, to this point, most of the time has been spent on the C63 S. That’s because the C63 is just about the same—but less so, in nearly every way.

Less power, less braking capacity, less interior content, less pricey, less appealing.

With the C450 AMG 4Matic sitting right below the C63 in power and performance (more to come on that this week), and the C63 S offering so much more, we’re not sure where this inverse Goldilocks (Skcolidlog?) is supposed to fit.

Looking Forward

With only a 10-pack of laps on track and a scant handful of hours on the roads, my time with the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S hasn’t yet been extensive enough for a more complete evaluation. On first impressions, however, the performance luxury sedan world is on notice—and newcomers like the Cadillac ATS-V will have a high bar to clear.

If you’re in doubt, you don’t have long to wait and see for yourself: the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S will be in U.S. showrooms and available for order this April. Pricing will be announced closer to launch, but expect the standard C63 to start in the low-$60,000s and the C63 S to start in the low $70,000s.

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