Ger­man on the Mount

Aus­tralia’s mo­tor­ing mecca plays host to a mob of ma­raud­ing V8s

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - PETER BARN­WELL peter.barn­well@news.com.au

IT’S said you can have too much of a good thing but when it comes to Mercedes-Benz per­for­mance cars, you can never get enough.

Cater­ing to the he­do­nis­tic ten­den­cies of a num­ber of well­heeled Aussie “prospects”, Mercedes-Benz has re­in­stated its Fes­ti­val of AMG (the brand’s per­for­mance arm) at Bathurst where sundry pun­ters and a few car journos were in­vited to test drive not one or two MercedesBenz AMGs but about 80 of them, with a col­lec­tive value of about $13.5 mil­lion.

Benz used the event back in 2008 to pro­mote AMG cars and sold quite a few in the weeks af­ter. This time around they’re a lot more se­ri­ous, spend­ing seven fig­ures on the event.

If that sounds like an ex­trav­a­gant num­ber, con­sider the fact that AMG sells more high-per­for­mance V8s than any other lux­ury brand in Aus­tralia.

The Fes­ti­val of­fered up the whole AMG range, in­clud­ing the stun­ning new AMG GT coupe, the new C63 and the four-cylin­der CLA 45 AMG — a 265kW all-wheel-drive hatch that pro­vided an in­ter­est­ing con­trast to the rear-drive big bangers.

Benz hired Mt Panorama for a week to run groups through one-day drive ex­pe­ri­ences. They also em­ployed per­haps all the avail­able race driv­ing in­struc­tors in the coun­try to school the pun­ters in the

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