2019 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG C 63 Cabriolet

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Mercedes AMG C 63 Cabriolet

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Safety

Both the Camaro and the AMG C 63 Cabriolet have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG C 63 Cabriolet. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the AMG C 63 Cabriolet ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Camaro. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG C 63 Cabriolet.

There are almost 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Camaro ZL1’s 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 147 more horsepower (650 vs. 503) and 134 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 516) than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet S’ optional 4.0 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The AMG C 63 Cabriolet requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet (19 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a nine-speed automatic is available for the AMG C 63 Cabriolet.

Brakes and Stopping

The Camaro stops much shorter than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet:

 

Camaro

AMG C 63

 

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

155 feet

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Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG C 63 Cabriolet (F:285/30R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:255/40R18 & R:285/35R18).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet’s optional 35 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 20-inch wheels. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 900 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG C 63 Cabriolet.

Passenger Space

The Camaro Convertible has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet (85 vs. 81.3).

Cargo Capacity

The Camaro Convertible has a larger trunk than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet with its top down (7.3 vs. 7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Camaro’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On extremely cold winter days, the Camaro’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro second among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet isn’t in the top three.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet has never been an “All Star.”

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet has never been chosen.

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