There are labels in the world of high-performance cars. We’re all familiar with them. Tags like muscle car, sports sedan, and hot hatch quickly come to mind, and the machines are quickly bucketed based on a number of factors, like horsepower, body style, and country of origin. Usually, the world gets the label right — but every once in a while, we botch the job. This has happened with the 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63.
The high-performance version of the Mercedes C-class has long been labeled a sports sedan, while the two-door variants end up in luxury high-performance coupe and convertible buckets. These labels are dead wrong. These AMGs are muscle cars. Rear-wheel drive, V8-powered, tire-shredding muscle cars. They’re even built in Alabama. Some may interpret the muscle car label as derogatory. But we mean it as a compliment. A high honor. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 is a favorite despite its long list of desirable rivals, which include the BMW M3 and M4, Audi RS 5, and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.