MERCEDES -BENZ C63 S AMG
Benz’s C63 has long been wrapped in a deathmatch with BMW’S M3 for the title of ‘Most Awesome Car You Can Actually Drive’. And the latest will strike a hammer blow. While days of hulking, naturally aspirated V8s are over, it’s hard to weep when the new one is a bi-turbo 4.0-litre making 375kw in this Amg-fettled version of the C-class. As the Mercedes hyperbole phrases it, the C63 S doesn’t just move the goalposts, it creates a new sports ground.
In the beginning, there was the V8, and man saw it and said it was good. Then some mad German engineer decided it could be even better, downsized its capacity to just 4.0 litres and strapped on twin turbochargers, and suddenly it was making the kind of figures that used to be the preserve of exotic supercars – 375kw at a dizzying 5500rpm and a lumping 700Nm (from just off idle) at 1750rpm. Man laughed heartily and declared that, yes, this was even better.
Belting about in this car is like boxing. The G-force has you making “ooooopph” noises and the sense of danger is palpable. Has a prodigious acceleration – 0-100km/h in four seconds – and is far more aggressive, and louder, than the car it replaces. Firm on the road, it also handles like it could grid up at Bathurst. You might end up slightly bruised – so what? You’ll want to jump back in and drive it all over again.
The C63 S takes the clean, classy and simple interior of the new C-class range then throws enough carbon fibre at it to refit a space shuttle. There’s swathes of the stuff – everywhere from the dash to the middle of the dials, and it looks great, as does the sporty AMG steering wheel. The seats are firm, racy and serious-looking – the whole cabin reflecting the serious intent of this seriously intense vehicle. So serious.
Looks-wise, people either sit in the BMW M3/M4 camp or the AMG one, and in the past the Merc’s been the more understated, elegant option. But this new C63 S has lines Mike Tyson may have drawn, if he could, with a nose snubbed like a sawn-off shotgun, the sides streaked and the neat rear topped off by wicked-looking quad pipes. Is to premium sedans what New Miley Cyrus is to Disney.