2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

There are many reasons to love the C63 AMG but the one thing I most enjoyed during my time in our test car was the lovely leather and Alcantara wrap on the steering wheel. The Alcantara portion of the wheel feels wonderful, although I found it a bit distracting to have the switch from Alcantara to leather right where my hands normally grip the wheel.

It has been almost two years since I drove a C63, so commenting on the 30 hp increase is difficult without test numbers in front of me. The internal changes to the engine seemed to make for an even better sounding exhaust, not that I had any complaints about how wicked the car sounded before. The C63 is a wonderful introduction to the world of AMG, and it just might be the most fun-to-drive car in that exclusive stable.

Perhaps the only problem with the C63 AMG is the the BMW M3. Until the C63 can blow the M3 right out of the water (and with this extra power that might be possible on a track), there's just too much of an aura surrounding the M3 for many people to flock to the AMG tent. I'm confident that anyone who chooses the C63 will be supremely happy with their new car. I know I'd love to own one.
- Phil Floraday, Senior Web Editor

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