When Mercedes puts an AMG badge on its cars, people tend to take note. For example, consider the smart and sophisticated C-Class. There’s nothing wrong with the C-Class – it’s a smart and versatile family car available with a range of engines and trim levels – but if you’re after that extra bit of brutishness, it might leave you wanting more.
Enter the Mercedes-AMG C63, powered by a hand-finished, highly potent twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine. Sound better? If that still doesn’t seem like enough, this musclebound machine even offers you a choice of power outputs: the standard C63 ‘makes do’ with 469bhp, while the more expensive C63 S can unleash up to 503bhp and a top speed of up to 180mph.
However, if you’re worried the C63 is just a sports car for a sunny Sunday drive, then you’d be mistaken. You can add variety to the C63’s list of key attributes, because it's available to order in every bodystyle the standard C-Class comes in. That means there’s a saloon and estate for those who want practicality, and a coupe and convertible for those who… don’t.
But don’t let the sparkle of that three-pointed star badge blind you to the talents of its high-performance rivals. These include the BMW M4, which goes head to head with the coupe and convertible models, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, which vies for your attention alongside the C63 saloon, while the Audi RS4 Avant lines up in competition with the C63 Estate.
If you are tempted by that AMG allure, stick with us to know our verdict on which model, spec and body style to go for, with our in-depth review of the C63. When you're done choosing, simply click to head over to our New Car Buying page for some amazing deals, which are available without the need to haggle.