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BMW M4 vs. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507

BMW M4 | July 25th, 2014 by 4
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CarAdvice Australia test drives and compares the new BMW M4 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507. Over the standard C63 AMG, the Edition 507 …

CarAdvice Australia test drives and compares the new BMW M4 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507.

Over the standard C63 AMG, the Edition 507 receives an extra 49bhp and 8lb ft of torque, taking its totals to 507 hp and 450lb ft. The electronic speed limiter has also been upped from 155 mph to 174mph, setting the Edition 507 apart from other AMG models and putting it just below the C63 Black Series.

The 0-62mph sprint is now dealt with in 4.2sec, or 4.3sec for the estate. Stopping power is provided by a ‘high-performance composite brake system’, clamped by red calipers and visible through new 19-inch cross spoke alloys.

BMW M4 vs. Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Edition 507

The 2015 BMW M4 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six which makes 425 hp and 406 lb-ft. That’s barely up from the last-gen M3′s peak 414 hp, but up significantly in the torque department.

Clearly the two performance cars are not a one-to-one match, so how do they compare to each other?

Let’s see some excerpts from their review:

Despite its immense torque and eagerness at low revs, the AMG engine urges you to chase its top-end, where the sound is pure and unadulterated.

The way BMW M engineers have allowed a turbocharged six-cylinder to deliver crisp throttle response when the revs are hanging high is commendable, however compared with the C63 the M4 feels doughy at low revs. It’s not the torque delivery that’s the problem, because it soon comes on strong, but there’s not nearly the same immediate reaction from the engine when the throttle is quickly prodded.

The M4 engine is quieter at low revs, too. It segues into becoming louder than the Mercedes-Benz at higher revs, yet it’s not exactly for the better either. Unlike the sweet, creamy, classically six-cylinder sound produced from an M235i turbo 3.0-litre, for example, the M4 sounds more hard-edged and meaty, but also grainy and a bit coarse.

Where the M4 feels like a faster, larger version of the M235i, the C63 AMG Edition 507 is like a cut-price mini-supercar.

Every tester walked away from it enamoured by just how special it makes you feel, from its bombastic engine to every control that talks to you, wherever you’re driving it and at whatever speed. It’s exactly enough to make you forgive its old cabin and hard ride.

Where the BMW M4 is admired, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 is adored. As far as grand finales go, this one is both epic and dangerous – the precedent for the next turbo-V8 C63 has just been set for itself…

  • Otto

    The C63 AMG is the last of its kind. If one has enough money to buy a M4, then he should seriously saving some extra and sign for the AMG. Of course, there will be the US V8s available for few more years, maybe a decade but none compare to the V8 6.2L NA AMG. .

  • Art

    What’s amazing and to the credit to the c63 is it’s ability match and even beat the m4 various aspects that a fine motor vehicle is measured…especially considering the m4 is a new generation model whilst the c63 is at it’s end of its life cycle. Obviously fuel efficiency and greener emissions are high on the agenda of new cars but what can’t be denied is how a car sounds, how are car makes u feel behind the wheel which considered the soul of the car. The c63 oozes with a combination of modern day and classic v8 muscle carWhat’s amazing and to the credit to the c63 is it’s ability match and even beat the m4 various aspects that a fine motor vehicle is measured…especially considering the m4 is a new generation model whilst the c63 is at it’s end of its life cycle. Obviously fuel efficiency and greener emissions are high on the agenda of new cars but what can’t be denied is how a car sounds, how are car makes u feel behind the wheel which considered the soul of the car. The c63 oozes with a combination of modern day and classic v8 muscle car charm. Yes the m4 is newer and arguably more technologically advanced then the aging c63 but both cars get the job done. The m4 is the better handler and far more nimble around the twisties but where the c63 excels is in charm. Yes the m4 is newer and arguably more technologically advanced then the aging c63 but both cars get the job done. The m4 is the better handler and a more nimble weapon of choice around the twisties. The c63 on the other hand feels more heavy and retains the classic solidness of the MB whilst successfully marrying in the dynamic steering of what M cars are famous for. Something that a turbo engine could never beat over NA engine is the exhaust noise. The 63 engine is undoubtedly the best sounding most brutal NA v8 engine of all time. Secondly, the instant throttle response of 63 cannot be replicated by any turbos. Both cars end up to the destination in similar time but the route they take can’t be more different. Aesthetically both cars look the business.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Great comment and very insightful.

  • B-Man

    The C63 and the M4 in this review couldn’t be more different in my mind. The flat BMW torque curve vs the N/A delivery is certainly where the reviews feel the throttle response is better. Quite simply: A 3.0L tt that is a couple tenths faster to 60mph than a 507 hp beast makes it obvious to me that the throttle response is not slow. While in the same class as each other, the cars couldn’t be more different. The AMG is a luxury muscle car (not even offered with a manual) and the M4 is a luxury sport coupe. The difference is also noted in the DCT. The AMG transmission has been noted to be clunkier when driven hard while the Double Clutch transmission in the BMW is close to flawless. As for the sound the cars make its like comparing apples to oranges smooth inline 6 and enormous raspy v8. But this has always been the difference between ///M and AMG. After hearing the exhaust note in person, I am not disappointed in the M4 at all. In fact it sounds amazing. Both cars sound great individually so it is up to the consumer to decide which car they like better or if it matters at all.

    The New C63 will lose a lot of that magic as it move to a smaller turbocharged v8. I do have to say that the new C AMG and the new M3/4 couldn’t be aimed at more different types of consumers.

    My take-away from the article is that BMW can do more with 425hp than a merc can do with 507. Both cars are great, however. BMW for me.

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