Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) today introduced the updated Mercedes-AMG C 63 S and C 63 S Coupe, which was first revealed globally back in March last year. The four-door model will set you back RM768,888 (on-the-road without insurance), while the coupe retails at RM820,888.

Under the bonnet, both cars retain the familiar M177 4.0 litre biturbo petrol V8, which outputs 510 PS (503 hp) from 5,500 to 6,250 rpm and 700 Nm of torque from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm.

Drive continues to go to the rear wheels, but this time through a new nine-speed AMG Speedshift MCT 9G automatic transmission instead of the previous seven-speed unit. Also present here is an electronically-controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential.

In terms of zero to 100 km/h times, the coupe is the quickest of the two, taking 3.9 seconds to complete the task, with the sedan only one tenth of a second slower – the top speed for the two body styles is identical at 290 km/h.

Other driving-related items include the AMG Ride Control suspension consisting of steel springs and adaptive, electronically controlled dampers, as well as dynamic engine mounts. An AMG Performance exhaust system with selectable flaps is standard on both cars to make the V8 more audible to pedestrians.

As before, drivers will still have access to the AMG Dynamic Select system, which affects the characteristics of the vehicles’ systems, with six drive programmes available – Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race and Individual.

What’s new here is the addition of AMG Dynamics, a “built-in dynamic handling control” that works with the car’s ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) to fine tune the distribution of torque to the rear wheel. There’s four settings here – Basic, Advanced, Pro and Master – each tied to the selected AMG Dynamic Select mode.

That’s not all, because the C 63 S models also gain what is known as AMG Traction Control, a system first introduced with the AMG GT R. Available only when you’re brave enough to turn the ESP completely off, the system allows you to adjust how much you want the traction control to intervene across nine stages.

For those who have a point to prove on track, the standard AMG Track Pace offers over 80 vehicle-specific sets of data that are recorded ten times per second, allowing you to examine every almost every aspect (speed, acceleration, etc.) of your driving.

Styling changes that are most noticeable on both models include the AMG Panamericana grille at the front, along with tweaks to the A-wing lower apron. The latter now sees the addition of a single slat on the side air inlets in place of the previous diamond mesh. Another noteworthy revision is a more expressive diffuser at the rear with four vertical fins rather than three.

The sedan and coupe share similar exterior equipment like the AMG Night package, AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package, red-painted brake calipers, AMG spoiler lip and Multibeam LED headlamps with Adapative Highbeam Assist Plus. One difference here is the fitted wheels, as the sedan gets 19-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels, while the coupe comes with AMG Performance five-twin-spoke forged units in the same size.

Moving inside, the C 63 S cars get the same updates as the regular C-Class before it, including a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument display and 10.25-inch central display – the latter is linked to a COMAND Online infotainment system, which itself is paired to a Burmester surround sound system.

W205 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan (left), C205 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe (right)

Much like what’s on the outside, the kit inside the cabin is shared between both models. Standard items include an AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather/Dinamica microfibre, powered front AMG Performance seats with memory function and four-way lumbar support, touchpad, head-up display ambient lighting and Energizing comfort control.

Two-tone Nappa leather is the default upholstery applied, with the sedan following a platinum white pearl/black theme, while the flashier coupe gets a red pepper/black colour scheme. Due to each car’s individual body type, the sedan comes with Thermotronic automatic climate control (with rear vents), while the coupe receives a Thermatic system instead.

One of the safety and driver assistance systems present on the duo is the Driving Assistance Package, which consists of Pilot Distance Distronic (adaptive cruise control with stop & go), Active Lane Keeping Assist (semi-autonomous driving), Active Blind Spot Assist and autonomous emergency braking. Other systems also present include Active Parking Assist with Parktronic, Keyless-Go and Hands-Free Access.

W205 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan facelift

C205 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe facelift