In Throttle House’s latest ‘Cheap Meets Steep’ episode, they tested a 2020 C63 S Coupe against a 2013 C63 AMG Coupe and found that both are very fitting of an AMG badge.
The W204-generation car left the factory with Mercedes-Benz’s M156 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8. This engine is beloved by enthusiasts and in the facelifted C63 of the day with the available AMG Performance package, pumped out 480 hp at 6,800 rpm and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque at 5,000 rpm, giving it a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of just 4.4 seconds.
Moreover, not only does the 6.2-liter V8 provide excellent power and torque, but it also sounds glorious and is one of the best-sounding AMG cars ever.
The current-generation C63 S, introduced in 2014, comes outfitted with a new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 503 hp and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. While that is more than the old car, the new engine does have a little bit of turbo lag and doesn’t sound quite as nice.
Then you have to consider prices. In Canada where this review was conducted, the new C63 S tested was optioned out to roughly CAD$110,000 (~US$80,000), while a used W204 C63 AMG can be purchased for around CAD$40,000 (~US$29,000). This makes the latter kind of a bargain, but if you could afford it, should you go for the new one instead?