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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

DECISION

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.

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