Released in 2008, the C63 AMG (W204) served as Mercedes’ entry-level AMG saloon at the time – squarely aimed at other German offerings like the BMW M3 and Audi RS4. Whereas the previous iteration had a supercharged V8, the W204 C63 AMG went back to the classic AMG roots – with a 6.2L naturally-aspirated M156 V8 engine under the hood mated to an AMG tuned AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-Tronic transmission. The C63 AMG (W204) was also the first AMG-Mercedes model to be designed from the ground up – compared to previous AMG models that merely consisted of standard Mercedes models with bolt-on modifications from the Affalterbach-based brand. Hence: the C63 AMG (W204) eliminated the understeer and heavy steering that plagued preceding AMG saloons – featuring revised suspension shared with AMG’s flagship model at the time, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series, as well as a revised ESP programme. This would be the last generation of the C-Class AMG to be equipped with a naturally aspirated V8 engine – as succeeding iterations would be powered by turbocharged V8 units and eventually downsized mild-hybrid units.
A facelift model for the W204 generation C63 AMG was introduced in 2011 – largely consisting of new LED daytime running lights (headlights and tail lights), a redesigned hood, new bumper designs, as well as an updated interior with a new COMAND head unit design and higher resolution instrument cluster display.
This is a 2012 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG (W204), finished in Magnetite Black Metallic with a Designo Sand and Black interior. This car was originally imported as a Zung Fu (Mercedes Benz Hong Kong) car and has been with the current owner since new – who also specified this C63 AMG as is. They have kept this car fully original with no changes done to the exterior, interior, or running gear. Maintenance and servicing of this car are carried out twice per year – recent work completed on this car includes a replacement of both headlights, the radiator fluid tank, and the installation of a new battery. The service records have been kept on file and can be provided on request – the current owner reports servicing for the past 5-7 years has been performed by Zung Fu’s service centre, while the most recent service was performed by a local Mercedes specialist garage. They also report that the front bumper was resprayed to repair surface scratches following a minor parking accident, and at this time, the powered panoramic sunroof does not open. This car has 0 previous owners, a current mileage of 69,740 km and the road license is valid until 31st January, 2023.
An inspection of the Magnetite Black Metallic bodywork found it to be in excellent condition with no surface imperfections or blemishes. All of the C63 AMG exclusive body styling – from the prominently featured front bumper, side skirts, fenders and rear bumper are intact; as reported by the seller, the front bumper was resprayed to resolve surface damage from a previous parking accident, but this was done professionally using paint matching the original Magnetite Black Metallic colour code. All of the doors, the bonnet and boot lid open and close normally – none of their hinges have any patina or corrosion. Both door mirrors and all of the door handles are free of any surface damage. Both headlights and tail lights function normally. Every one of this car’s exterior emblems – from the ‘6.3 AMG’ fender emblems to the Mercedes and AMG badges are present and all reflect plenty of light in their chromed surfaces. The rear trunk lid spoiler is fully intact. All four AMG five-spoke alloy wheels do show some subtle kerb rash from regular use over time, but can all benefit from a refurbishment to restore their original appearance. A subtle amount of bubbling was observed on a portion of the rubber window trim on the rear driver’s side, but this imperfection can be resolved with some TLC – the rest of the exterior window trim is intact with no surface marks or damage, including all of the chrome window trims.
Interior and Trim
Step inside and a W204 generation interior greets you, with several touches by the AMG division to differentiate this high-performance model from a standard C-Class sedan. Both front and rear leather seats finished in a unique two-tone Designo Sand and Black upholstery are in great condition and remain supportive of the occupants – the driver’s lower side bolster does display some minor wear on its surface, but some TLC can restore its original appearance. The leather steering wheel and all of its multi-function controls – including the paddle shifters on the side are free of any visible signs of wear. Both side door sills and scuff plates with AMG logos have no surface damage to report of – the same is observed for all four door panels. The leather gear shift lever and shift boot is intact. The COMAND infotainment system operates as it should and its respective control dial in the centre console works with no problems to navigate the system’s UI. Both front and rear air vents are intact. The instrument cluster operates normally and its LCD display has no missing pixels. Some subtle surface wear was observed on the driver’s side panel buttons, namely the front window switches and the ‘Unlock’ button, but these physical imperfections do not affect the normal operation of these buttons – the rest of the cabin buttons and switchgear are free of any surface wear and all operate their designated functions without any issues. Both aluminium surface pedals do not show any major surface wear.
Engine and Running Gear
Turn the key and the 6.2L naturally-aspirated M156 V8 roars into life with a clear exhaust note that announces this car’s presence. The soundtrack of this AMG-tuned V8 is this car’s highlight for the current owner – being a raw V8 engine that delivers power in a smooth and linear fashion, combined with its potent exhaust note from the rear. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-Tronic automatic transmission – tuned by the AMG division to be more aggressive and responsive to make full use of the V8’s power upshifts and downshifts – by adjusting the control dial next to the gear shifter, it can be adjusted on the fly to deliver either softer or harder gear shifts as per the driver’s request, as well as sharpening the throttle response and steering feel. The steering is direct and very responsive, The brakes are powerful to use and all provide plenty of stopping power. The C63 AMG (W204) represents the peak era for Mercedes’s AMG division – equipping their vehicles with big displacement V8s – free of any additional bolt-ons into a seemingly sedate family saloon. Any AMG fan or enthusiast will appreciate this compact executive sedan with one of the AMG’s division’s greatest soundtracks under the hood – now available at the Car Farm.
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