I'd like to give a special thank-you to Meltin Yetiz, employed in the AMG workshops in Affalterbach, Germany. According to the hand-signed plate mounted on the C63's intake manifold, he's the man primarily responsible for building an incredible V-8 engine, and subsequently, gifting me with an enjoyable commute Monday night.
Mercedes-Benz is on the cusp of replacing the 6.2-liter engine with an equally powerful twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8, but I'm going to miss this big V-8. 451 horsepower? 451 pound-feet of torque? A 7200-rpm redline? Sounds wunderbar to me, but those hankering for more power can spring for the AMG Development Package, which gets a revised crankshaft, a re-tuned engine computer, forged pistons (also used in the SLS AMG), and an extra 30 horsepower. In both forms, the 6.2-liter is a veritable torque monster, rocketing you forward at unbelievable speeds while emitting a glorious ricochet from the quad tailpipes.
The extra power (and the loud roar) make spending time behind the wheel of the C63 a little more visceral and enjoyable than the M3, but the Bimmer does have its advantages. If you must have three pedals, the BMW is your default choice. The standard seven-speed automatic in the C63 is no slouch, but there is a notable delay between slapping a shift paddle and actually receiving a physical gear change. The M3's optional dual-clutch transmission is quicker to react to your inputs.
The M3 does feel a little lighter, and yes, it is a little less expensive, but I've fallen head over heels for the C63's massive torque and monstrous growl. It's the muscle car of my dreams merged with the luxury sedan I've always longed for. My list of dream cars has grown by one.
- Evan McCausland, Web Producer