SE T TING THE PACE Five settings allow drivers to opt for a leisurely experience in Comfort, or to select Race and arrive with an even bigger smile.
BALANCE BETWEEN PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY. enough slip for a dynamic exit but brings a degree of control so ham-fisted reactions don’t result in you facing the wrong direction. Where the Coupé really stands out is in the way it handles through the faster bends. The rear end of the Coupé provides greater traction and promotes a better overall balance. The front-end turns in with immediate precision and follows the line with masses of mid-corner grip, and the rear trailing the same line securely. For a more relaxed experience, there are other C-Class Coupé variants that offer a fraction of the C 63’s performance but maintains a similar level of style and sophistication. Initially available in three, four-cylinder models – a base-level C 200, mid-spec C 250 d and top-line C 300, with the Coupé measuring 95mm longer, 40mm wider and riding on a wheelbase with an additional 80mm between the axles than its predecessor. The C 200 is powered by a 2-litre turbo-charged four cylinder petrol engine that generates 135kW and 300Nm, drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic and has a claimed average fuel consumption of 5.4L/100km. The C 250 d is quicker and yet more efficient with its turbo diesel engine producing 150kW/500Nm and claimed to consume just 4.2L/100km, while the C 300 is the most powerful non-AMG model at present with its high-output petrol engine delivering 180kW/370Nm while drinking an average of 6.3L/100km. The 250 d offers a near perfect balance between performance and efficiency; the engine delivers effortless acceleration and cruising ability due to its surge of low-rev pulling power and the nine-speed automatic. It feels strong with its smooth delivery, willing top-end and a subdued exhaust note under acceleration, but the C 300 is even sweeter. The petrol engine doesn’t have the same level of low-end surge, but it revs faster and sounds even sportier. In the end, the C-Class Coupé creates a stylish family; one that is ideal for a choreographed twirl through the twisties.
i C 63 S Coupé Engine / output
4.0 litre twin-turbo V8; 375kW; max. torque 700Nm
AMG seven-speed automatic
Drive configuration Rear-wheel drive
The choice is yours
Available in three, four-cylinder models – a base-level C 200, mid-spec C 250 d and top-line C 300.
Muscular from every angle: signature front bumper, flared guards, power-domed bonnet and race-derived rear end with an F1-style diffuser.
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Mercedes-Benz magazine Issue 1, 2016