Motor (Australia)

END OF THE ROAD

AMG delivered for Aussie buyers and then some

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AMG’s decision to retire the V8 from the C-Class hasn’t been the work of a moment. In many ways the writing has been on the wall for a very long time.

BMW last fitted a V8 to its M3 back in 2013 and Audi’s final 4.2-litre V8 for the RS4 came out of the Neckarsulm plant in 2017. That leaves Mercedes-AMG a bit of a holdout in this market, but sticking to the knitting hasn’t done sales that much harm, at least not here in Australia where cheap fuel, a cultural fondness for V8s and nothing in the way of emissionsb­ased taxation saw the C63 prosper in its later years.

The Estate version featured here remains quite a rare sight, however, and it doesn’t have a great deal to do with Audi or BMW.

It’s identicall­y powered sibling, the all-wheel drive GLC63 S SUV outsells it by a ratio of nine to one. That hurts our souls.

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