There’s nothing quite like the thrill of zooming down the road behind the wheel of a high-performance sports car, and that thrill has been taken up a notch with Mercedes-Benz and BMW’s latest updates to the C63 AMG 507 and M3 coupes. The Benz keeps its name, while the M4 becomes the M3’s replacement. We know you’re anxious to see how these sports coupes drive on the road, but let’s see what they offer in the looks department first to start off our Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 and BMW M4 review.
Exterior and Styling
These 2-door coupes have very similar body styles. The BMW has the more updated design and is slightly shorter and lighter than the previous model (the M3). Of course, the emphasis for both cars here is on aerodynamics, which means a grille and bonnet that sits lower to ground and smooth contours going back to a rear that sits slightly higher than the front end. Both cars offer a sporty look that reflects the power that lies under the bonnet.
Interior and Comfort
Although both the exterior and interior design of the C63 is a bit dated, looking similar to an older version of the C-Class sedan, it still manages to impress with its comfortable and stylish sports seats, AMG dial that switches the driving modes, and Alcantara steering wheel. The M4 counters with ergonomic shell seats that are stylish as well, and it’s 8.8-inch iDrive screen trumps the Benz’s 7-inch screen. The quality and technology inside alone may be enough to make you want to find a BMW M4 for sale.
Under the Bonnet
The M4 has switched back from the M3’s V8 engine to a 6-cylinder turbocharged engine that was used in a previous M3 model. The engine power has increased by 10 kW (now 317 kW), due to it being lighter than this older model. The C63 retains its much bigger V8 engine with a few improvements that have upped its power by 37 kW (now 373 kW). Despite that disparity, the BMW is still slightly quicker from 0-100 Km/hr (4.1 seconds compared to 4.2), due to the fact that it’s 200 kg lighter than the Benz. Additionally, the M4 is far more fuel efficient (8.3 L/100Km) than the C63, beating its fuel consumption by 3.8 litres per 100 Km.
On the Road
You’ll certainly feel the power of the M4’s turbocharged engine as you accelerate, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find another vehicle that handles corners as well. BMW seems to have nailed each different driving mode too, and the overall ride quality is simply outstanding. That being said, the C63 has the better throttle response and the better-sounding and performing engine of the two. And though it doesn’t cut through the corners like the M4 and doesn’t have quite as good suspension, it steers beautifully and is just a pleasure to drive.
From features like the Benz’s Active Parking Assist, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe system to the BMW’s Park Distance Control, Surround View, and adaptive headlights, safety certainly wasn’t an afterthought with these two automakers. Unlike the Benz, the BMW offers optional adaptive LED headlights with high-beam technology for an extra $2,390. On the other hand, blind-spot and lane-keep assist are both standard on the Benz but are options on the BMW for $1,900 more.
Starting at $166,430, the BMW M4 price tag is $10,000 more expensive than last year’s M3, while the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG price is $159,507, which is $12,900 less than it’s previous model. All and all, these two cars are neck and neck in our comparison, so the fact that the Benz is about $7,000 cheaper makes it a better value in our opinion.
Both of these high-performance machines have something special to offer. However, we would recommend looking for a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG for sale over the BMW M4 because it really gives you the feeling that you’re behind the wheel of a mini-supercar.