COUPE FAST FEAST
This speed demon burns it up on the racetrack, JOSHUA DOWLING writes
ROAD cars usually don’t feel fast on a racetrack because you’re not whizzing past trees and fences.
The sensation of speed can easily be lost in the wide open spaces sweeping bends a motor racing circuit.
But that rule went out the window this week, after quick blast
coming Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupe.
With a wider, sleeker and lower body than its sedan sibling, it could be described as anything but slow. Even when there is nothing to blur the view.
Mercedes transformed the coupe into a more finely tuned machine because it recognises some buyers want harder edge their performance car.
The C63 AMG sedan is one of world’s fastest four-doors for the money ($157,010) — and now CClass coupe ratchets everything up a notch for what is, in luxury car terms, a modest premium $162,400.
For the record, 0-100kmh is dispatched 3.9 seconds the coupe versus 4.0 for sedan. Neither is a slouch.
The gets same highpowered twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 and seven-speed gearbox as sedan but the wider stance gives it bigger footprint, which translates to better road holding.
On street, AMG sounds tough. But on the track it’s muted — there’s so much wind rushing over its flanks.
It’s hard to gauge how fast we’re going (I’m too busy looking at track and not speedometer) but it was enough make the tyres sticky touch afterwards.
Rear-drive performance cars can be a handful but C63 AMG coupe has so many safety aids that it’s almost impossible to get it out of shape.
The electronic intervention makes it take corners quicker, because the stability control can brake individual wheels rather than all four at once.
The technology is so sophisticated it’s been banned from Formula One and other top-tier motorsport categories.
This is why easy not to register just how fast we’re travelling. The C63 coupe feels so stable so planted, able change gears mid-corner thanks the tap shift levers on steering wheel, that it is almost idiot-proof.
Of course, potential of vehicle can’t be exploited to this level the road. But it’s great know what car is capable of.