‘ I BOUGHT ONE’
‘ For three weeks before I bought the C63, I owned a Monaro VXR. I’d been inspired to get it by a mate who owned a Vauxhall VXR8. I liked the power and the noise, and I definitely wanted a V8. But then I went with another mate to collect his C63… It was better in every way: the way it looked, the way it sounded, the way it was built.
‘ So I quickly did a bit of research into which model I wanted. My friend’s car was a pre- facelift version, but as I looked into it, I realised that a facelifted example would make more sense. It has an improved gearbox and the engine’s internals are better.
‘ I was lucky with my car. It popped up in the classifieds and was reasonably close, and I bought it within three hours of the ad going live. It’s a 2011 Edition 125 saloon in white, with the optional Performance Pack Plus. It’s awesome at everything: docile when you need it to be, so it just blends in with the traffic, and loud and ferocious when the mood takes you and the road conditions allow.
‘ I’ve since modified it with IPE exhaust headers, sports cats and a remap, and the sound it makes is simply amazing. I’ve also fitted high- flow air filters and a carbon airbox, but I’m not really sure they’ve made much difference. Because I always intended to try a trackday or two and a high- speed event in my C63, I immediately replaced the front discs and pads, which cost about £ 870. And after the trackday I needed another set of pads, which was another £ 175.
‘ The Terminal Velocity event I went to was on a 3.1- mile RAF runway; standstill to however fast you can go. I hit 173mph but I was hoping for more – the run was into a headwind and severe brake fade made me nervous of when to back off. But I’m going back hoping to be quicker.
‘ Would I ever replace it? With what? To go any faster I’d be spending double the money.’