2019 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe vs. 2019 Rolls-Royce Wraith

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe

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Safety

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 Wraith doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 Wraith doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Wraith doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 Wraith 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 Wraith doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the AMG C 63 Coupe and the Wraith 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 lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Wraith’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 11 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG C 63 Coupe’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the AMG C 63 Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the Wraith (17 city/26 hwy vs. 12 city/18 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 Wraith doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Wraith.

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 Wraith doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Wraith doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

AMG C 63 S Coupe

Wraith

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

14.7 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 Wraith doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s standard 255/40R18 front and 285/35R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wraith’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The AMG C 63 S Coupe’s optional 255/35R19 front and 285/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Wraith’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

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 Wraith doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the AMG C 63 Coupe’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Wraith’s (37.1 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis

The Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1250 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Wraith.

The AMG C 63 Coupe is 1 foot, 9.4 inches shorter than the Wraith, making the AMG C 63 Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the AMG C 63 Coupe has standard flush composite headlights. The Wraith has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Cargo Capacity

The AMG C 63 Coupe’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Wraith doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG C 63 Coupe’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Wraith doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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 Wraith doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Standard smartphone integration for the AMG C 63 Coupe allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Wraith doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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 Wraith doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Mercedes AMG C 63 comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Rolls-Royce Wraith isn’t available as a convertible or sedan.

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