Staff, 2023-01-25 09:03:51,
I like to think I approached the new four-cylinder C63 with an open mind when the first media drives got underway at the back end of last year. Obviously, a four-pot C63 that weighs over 2.1 tonnes doesn’t sound nearly as alluring as the twin-turbo V8 found in its predecessor, but AMG knows a thing or two about building engines accompanied by thunderous exhaust notes. If anyone can make downsizing work, it’s AMG.
However, to the disappointment of many, it still seems like there’s no replacement for displacement. A blast through Baetic mountains in southern Spain, plus a dozen or so laps around Ascari, revealed that the C63 is brimming with the sort of sophisticated technology that helps shave a few tenths off your lap time. It is, however, let down by a lack of drama from the moment you hit the start button – and that simply won’t do for AMG’s flagship C. Of course, if technology isn’t high on your list of necessities, then there’s a good 20 years’ worth of V8 C-Class delights to choose from for a fraction of what we’re expecting the new car to cost.
If it’s an engine-dominated experience you’re after, then look no further than this C55 AMG. Yes, the W203 C-Class won’t go down as a particular high point in Merc’s history, with the E46 BMW 3 Series proving more rewarding to drive and offering a better range of engines. Things were vastly different on AMG models, though. Though the original supercharged six-cylinder C32 couldn’t hold a candle to…
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