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The AMG C-Class 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-Class 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 43 Coupe has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Wraith doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The AMG C-Class 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-Class Coupe’s optional 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-Class 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-Class 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.
The AMG C-Class 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-Class Coupe’s warranty.
On the EPA test cycle the AMG C 63 Coupe RWD Auto 4.0 twin-turbo V8 (469 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Wraith with its standard turbo V12 (17 city/26 hwy vs. 12 city/18 hwy).
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG C-Class 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.
A nine-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Wraith.
The AMG C-Class Coupe offers an available 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.
All-wheel drive, available in the AMG C-Class Coupe, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all-wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Rolls-Royce Wraith is not available with all-wheel drive.
The AMG C-Class Coupe V8’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.
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
The AMG C-Class 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.
The AMG C 63 S Coupe’s optional 255/35R19 front and 285/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wraith’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.
The AMG C-Class 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). The AMG C 43 Coupe’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Wraith’s (38.4 feet vs. 41.7 feet).
The Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1250 to 1400 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Wraith.
The AMG C 43 Coupe is 1 foot, 11.7 inches shorter than the Wraith, making the AMG C-Class Coupe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
For excellent aerodynamics, the AMG C-Class Coupe has standard flush composite headlights. The Wraith has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.
The AMG C-Class 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-Class 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.
The AMG C-Class 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.
The AMG C-Class Coupe’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Wraith doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Mercedes AMG C-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Rolls-Royce Wraith isn’t available as a convertible or sedan.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the AMG C-Class Coupe first among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Wraith isn’t in the top three.
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