Road Tests Real world tests of C63 AMG vs C 55 AMG

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog view of Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

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Faster in the quarter mile 12.1 s vs 13.3 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
More expensive sticker price $87k vs $54k More than 60% more expensive harder to own
More powerful engine 480 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 362 HP @ 5,750 RPM Around 35% stronger engine
Faster to 100mph 8.6 s vs 11.2 s Around 25% faster to 100mph
More torque 442 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM vs 377 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM More than 15% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Better power-to-weight ratio 7.95 lb/hp vs 10.21 lb/hp More than 20% better power-to-weight ratio
Bigger engine 6,208 cc vs 5,400 cc Around 15% bigger engine
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Slightly lighter curb weight 3,696 lb vs 3,814 lb Around 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

C63 AMG  vs
C 55 AMG 
Brand Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz
Price 87,462 53,900
Year 2012 2004

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.95 lb/hp 10.21 lb/hp
Maximum hp 480 HP @ 6,800 RPM 362 HP @ 5,750 RPM
Maximum torque 442 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM 377 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 6,208 cc 5,400 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11.3:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 4.02 in / 3.72 in 3.82 in / 3.62 in
Valvetrain DOHC Single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
Valves per cylinder 4 3

road tests

C63 AMG  vs
C 55 AMG 
Top speed 155 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 12.1 s 13.3 s
0-60mph 3.7 s 5 s
0-100mph 8.6 s 11.2 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 5

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 483/? 203 457/? 190
Rear wheels 483/? 229 457/? 216

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,814 lb 3,696 lb
Width 70.7 in 68.7 in
Height 56.6 in 55.6 in
Length 186 in 181.5 in
Front track width 61.7 in 59.3 in
Wheelbase 108.9 in 106.9 in
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