2019 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe vs. 2019 Ford Shelby GT350

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Ford Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Using vehicle speed sensors, smart airbags in the AMG C 63 Coupe deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The AMG C 63 Coupe’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Shelby GT350’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has standard Active Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Shelby GT350 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The AMG C 63 Coupe offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Shelby GT350 only offers a rear monitor.

To help make backing safer, the AMG C 63 Coupe’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG C 63 Coupe and the Shelby GT350 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The AMG C 63 Coupe comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Shelby GT350’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 1 place higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 429) than the Shelby GT350’s 5.2 DOHC V8. The AMG C 63 S Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 429) than the Shelby GT350’s 5.2 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the AMG C 63 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Shelby GT350 (17 city/26 hwy vs. 14 city/21 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG C 63 Coupe’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Shelby GT350 (17.4 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe higher (5 out of 10) than the Ford Shelby GT350 (3). This means the AMG C 63 Coupe produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Shelby GT350 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The AMG C 63 Coupe has a standard automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer an automatic transmission.

The AMG C 63 Coupe offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer an SMG.

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the AMG C 63 Coupe has a standard up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the AMG C 63 S Coupe’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Shelby GT350:

 

AMG C 63 S

Shelby GT350

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

15.5 inches

The AMG C 63 Coupe S offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The AMG C 63 Coupe stops much shorter than the Shelby GT350:

 

AMG C 63

Shelby GT350

 

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG C 63 S Coupe offers optional 20-inch rear wheels. The Shelby GT350’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG C 63 Coupe’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Shelby GT350 (111.8 inches vs. 107.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the AMG C 63 Coupe is 1.1 inches wider in the front than on the Shelby GT350.

For better maneuverability, the AMG C 63 Coupe’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Shelby GT350’s (37.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the AMG C 63 Coupe a Subcompact car, while the Shelby GT350 is rated a Two Seater.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Shelby GT350R Coupe can only carry up to 2.

Cargo Capacity

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the AMG C 63 offers cargo security. The Shelby GT350’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG C 63 Coupe’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

The AMG C 63 Coupe uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Shelby GT350 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 57% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

The AMG C 63 Coupe has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the AMG C 63 Coupe, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The AMG C 63 Coupe offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Shelby GT350’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the AMG C 63 Coupe detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the AMG C 63 Coupe offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

When the AMG C 63 Coupe is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Shelby GT350’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Shelby GT350 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The AMG C 63 Coupe has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Shelby GT350.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the AMG C 63 Coupe has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the AMG C 63 Coupe offers an optional Distronic Plus, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Mercedes AMG C 63 comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Ford Shelby GT350 isn’t available as a convertible or sedan.

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