New Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
The heart of the C 63 is its 6.3-litre V8 which is directly derived from the one used in the AMG C-Class touring car in the German DTM race series. The 457bhp maximum power output is produced at 6,800rpm without the aid of a turbocharger and there’s some 600Nm of torque available at 5,000rpm. Perhaps more impressive is that at least 500Nm or that torque is on tap between 2,000 and 6,250rpm, ensuring that the engine responds quickly and pulls strongly across a broad spread of the rev range. All that power is marshalled by the AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic gearbox. The paddle shift system can be configured in Sport, Comfort or Manual modes and is the first gearbox on an AMG model to feature an automatic throttle blipping function for smoother downshifts.
6.3-litres, 457bhp, this was never going to be an affordable car to own, especially with list prices starting at over £50,000. The best bet is to take the prohibitive running costs and purchase price on the chin, consoling yourself with the surging acceleration that takes hold when you bury the throttle. Expect to average 20-25mpg on a run if you’re lucky and to pay group 20 insurance. If that puts you off, then you’re unlikely to be target market for one of these anyway.