Inside there’s the introduction of 12.3- and 10.5-inch TFT screens – the former for the instrument cluster, the latter for the infotainment centre. There’s a new flat-bottomed steering wheel, too, featuring touchpad controls first seen on the S-class.
Dynamic engine mounts are also still standard for the S model, but what has changed is the gearbox. Out goes the seven-speed auto and in comes a nine-speed unit controlling an electronic differential that is now standard across all C63 models.
Also new is serious chassis and driver mode technology. The S model now gets AMG Traction Control and in AMG Dynamic Select there are also five predetermined driver modes, along with an Individual mode that allows you to choose the engine, gearbox, steering and exhaust settings. You also have AMG Ride Control (steel springs, adaptive dampers) to play with.
Within Dynamic Select there is also AMG Dynamics, which enables you to manage the ESP settings and torque distribution to the rear axle through four further settings: Basic, Advanced, Pro and Master.
The V8 remains a modern-day turbocharged masterpiece. The new nine-speed automatic is super-smooth no matter which way the ratios are heading, on the road it’s so intuitive and the engine’s torque so strong that third and fourth will devour most areas of the countryside.
As for how it drives, it’s just like the old C63 S, which means one of the finest all-round compact performance cars you can buy. The confidence it inspires, the way it devours straights and scythes or slides through corners will leave you wanting to find the long way round to everywhere.
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