FAST FACTS MAKE: Mercedes-benz MODEL: C63 AMG performance pack BODY: Two-door luxury coupe PRICE: $184,000 drive away ENGINE: 6.3-litre V8 POWER: 358kw at 6800rpm TORQUE: 600Nm at 5000rpm TRANSMISSION: Seven-speed automatic, rearwheel drive PERFORMANCE: 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds, top speed 250km/h (limited) FUEL CONSUMPTION: 12.1 litres/100km, petrol (16.4L on test), 66 litres CO2 EMISSIONS: 280g/km DIMENSIONS: Length 4707mm, width 1795mm, height 1391mm, wheelbase 2765mm, weight: 1730kg, 11.75m turning circle WARRANTY: Three years/100,000km RIVALS: Audi RS5, BMW M3 DEALER: Trinity Mercedes-benz WEBSITE: www.trinityauto.com.au
Edgy coupe: While the sedan and wagon are genuine rockets, the coupe has a sportier image while still being practical for day-to-day driving.
The MCT seven-speed transmission is clever, swiftly changing at full noise with gusto.
Point to point on a twisting country back road is amusing and fun, as well as being ridiculously easy to carve up corners with arrogant ease. That was the joy of the Walkamin-dimbulah Rd.
Not so much fun was the slippery Rex Range Rd between Mossman and Julatten. The back end kept stepping out with no room to manoeuvre. Either rock walls or guard rails threatened to damage the panels, alloy wheels and paint, so it was a case of gently tiptoeing across the wet surface.
I haven’t the skill or the bravery to drift up or down the Rex, particularly with others on the road and the unforgiving nature of the terrain. That’s hooning too.
This is one hell of an arrogant car, more suited to the safety of a race track than the open road.
If you’re looking for a dramatic drive at the touch of a button, the C63 is the choice. The BMW M3 might still edge it for steering feel and getting its lower outputs down on the road, but the C63 has taken a big step forward. It was with reluctance I handed it back.
>> TEST CAR COURTESY OF TRINITY MERCEDES-BENZ, CAIRNS.