Mercedes-AMG C 63 S leaves us on loud nine


Formula One great David Coulthard and bike-racing legend Mike Doohan were there to promote the car, and as Doohan told me: “You get all the luxury you expect from a Mercedes — but it can absolutely fly.”
He’s right too.
Save for a redesigned grille, with vertical strips rather than horizontal, and mean, 19-inch cross-spoke AMG matt-black alloy wheels on low-profile Michelin tyres, it really doesn’t look much different to a regular, graceful C-Class.
Inside, too, you are faced with all the typical Merc touches such as black ash and aluminium trim, heated front seats, a classy analogue clock, easy-to-use seat adjusters on the doors, chunky steering wheel, high-res screen and annoying gear selectors where you normally find an indicator.
But it’s frightening how easy it is to brake hard, fling it round a tight corner and then bomb it up to more than 200km/h.
All this power comes from a 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine pumping out 375kW of power and a monstrous 700Nm of torque, with the 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds feeling faster because you’re sitting low to the ground.
Add to this a new 10-stage traction control, which at the turn of a dial lets you set how much help you want to control this rear-wheel-drive car (turning it all the way up to 10 would likely see me skid out of control).
Then there’s a snazzy smartphone app which links up with the car’s computer to show your driving data. Basically, it will tell you how you are steering, braking and acceleration around a circuit and give you advice on how to improve your times. Very Lewis Hamilton, that.
I was more interested in the noise from the four squarish, AMG exhausts, though.
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