In a week of fast estates we give you the new C63 AMG.
The monster C has a hand- built naturally-aspirated 6.2 litre V8 pushing out 451bhp at 6,800rpm and 443lb ft of torque at 5,000rpm. This translates to a 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds. The usual German speed limiter stops play 155mph. To put that into context, the AMG DTM race car delivers 464bhp.
Following AMG tradition this car is available with an automatic gearbox in the form of AMG's Speedshift Plus 7G- TRONIC, with paddle shift. This 'box allows the engine to blip the throttle on downshifts to match revs meaning smoother changes- a first for AMG models.
Other features include speed sentsitive steering, also engineered by AMG, 3 stage AMG suspension and an all new three-link front axle giving a 35mm wider track than the standard car. The ESP can also be switched off, and AMG tells us that this mode really does turn all electronic aids off completely- which is nice.
Priced at around £50,000, it certainly seems a lot of car for the money.