COUPE FAST FEAST

This speed de­mon burns it up on the race­track, JOSHUA DOWLING writes

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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.

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