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This week I was able to drive the C450 and the C63 back to back! It was great to experience the similarities and the differences in these two vehicles in person, rather than on paper! This was a street course, not a track event, so my impressions are based on real driving conditions around Atlanta not crazy track behavior!
Notice that the AMG designation comes after the model info. That tells you that while the C450 has a lot of AMG components, it is not a one man, one engine car.
The C450 AMG is going to be a very successful model! It has some of the aggression of the AMG while remaining an easy daily driver. The AMG tuned bi-turbo V6 has more power than I could use in traffic! It accelerates quickly and smoothly in Comfort mode and then gets a little bit more aggressive in Sport Plus.
I have driven this vehicle many times and it never fails to make me laugh. The acceleration is face-flattening. The exhaust note is crowd gathering. The 2″ longer hood is obviously concealing a hand-built AMG monster of an engine and it is awesome! There is nothing not to love about driving the AMG C63!
However, I had a little trouble loving it in heavy stop and go traffic. I just wanted to go fast! The car can be tames a little in Comfort mode but you can still feel it trying to GO!
Parked in a big group it is not immediately obvious which is the C450 and which is the C63. The both have an aggressive stance, beefy bumpers and sound great! Discerning customers will see the single lamella grill and different lower front bumpers as obvious differences.
For my daily commute the C450 AMG is plenty of car. I cannot imagine a part of my day where I needed more power, more exhaust, more brakes or Race Start! I enjoyed the AMG components but felt comfortable in traffic.
For $20,000 more than the C450, the AMG C63 needs to deliver something crazy. It needs to stand out hugely from the C450. It needs to look different, sound different, feel different. It does. Motor Trend recently gave it 4th place in the best Drivers’ Car competition. It was the highest ranking for a sedan because this sedan is a MONSTER!
So, daily driver: C450. Daily driver for crazy people: C63!
So, it is the fourth quarter and you have been meaning to do something about your car all year. Come by the dealership! This is the perfect time to get to work! Here is what you should be looking into before the end of 2015!
The GLE Coupe has arrived! This sporty SUV has been getting tons of attention. I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to like it but now I love it! Every time I flip the Dynamic Select to Sport+ I cannot suppress a smile! It has a surprising amount of space on the inside and an unbeatable look on the outside! Inventory has grown and you still have time order before the end of the year.
The all-new GLC is arriving in November. This model will replace the outgoing GLK and I predict a huge success! They styling will appeal to a larger audience and it has grown a few inches. The interior is going to be leaps and bound more luxurious! With a base price under $40,000 I think this will be hottest SUV on the market!
The C450 AMG Sport now available! This AMG tuned version of the C-Class has all of the noise and fun you want from an AMG with a more mainstream price tag. I have a comparison driving event to attend next week vs. the C63 AMG and I can’t wait to try them back to back!
Deals to Be Had
I know some of you are looking for the best deal, not the latest and greatest car. There are definitely a few models you should be considering.
With the arrival of the 2016 GLE-Class we are just about out of MLs. However, there are a couple left that are looking for a good home! Also, the 2017 E-Class is just around the corner and we have lots of 2016s.
There is still a great selection of 2015 S-Class vehicles from which to choose. I’ll even let you be picky about colors and options. The only reason to spend more for the 2016 is if you are really excited about the remote start feature that comes with the mbrace Connect for 2016. (I am!)
Certified Pre-Owned cars are always a great value! I hear that our first 2015 C-Class will be through certification next week. We also have new body style GL diesels! That never happens! You can see all of the CPO inventory on our website. Combine that with special interest rates from Mercedes-Benz Financial and you might be able to fit more Mercedes in your budget!
The CLA and GLA are always the most affordable of the Mercedes-Benz models. With base prices just over $30,000 these cars fit in almost any budget! I have so many happy owners in these cars. You really should check them out before you settle for something boring.
The Metris is Pre-Production no longer! We have our first models in stock. The Metris is about the same size as the GL-Class and can come as a cargo or passenger van. Again, starting at under $30,000 for a cargo van this would be a great addition to your commercial fleet (and a great write off before the end of the year!). Come take it for a spin and let me tell you how it will save you tons of money over traditional cargo vans!
So, there you have it! A Mercedes-Benz shopping list for the fourth quarter, 2015. Don’t wait until the last minute! I cannot overnight you a car to arrive on Christmas Eve. This isn’t like buying a gift for the kids!
The all-new Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport stopped by for training class! Here is a quick walk-around video I shot. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel!
“I mention this because when Evans was driving the M3, I simply walked away from him in the C63. I lost him four different times in my rearview mirror.”
“To put it in the very simplest of terms, Race mode works. Contrast this with the M3, where even if everything is flipped over to the most aggressive setting, it somehow doesn’t quite work. With the C63, Race mode turns the car from a big man in a fancy suit into a pissed-off pugilist with brass knuckles on each fist. Race mode just kind of solves everything.”
“I wish I had more room to tell you all how much better the AMG’s interior is than the other two.”
“The end of the story is that all four of us ranked the BMW in last place. The M3 is a fabulous sporting machine, but if you walk around a rifle range for years with a big target on your back, you eventually will get shot. “
Does the automotive press like the new Mercedes-AMG GT S? Ummm, yeah.
“It’s one of the best-handling cars I’ve ever driven. Certainly the best in the big, powerful bruiser category. Completely hooked up, without understeer. The car comes right into a corner, but the tail doesn’t come around. It’s just beautifully balanced all the time.”
“This thing is basically just the greatest car there is,” Lieberman said. “Too hyperbolic? Well, it’s certainly not as well-mannered as the Turbo S. And that’s a good thing. Philosophically speaking, a little bit of attitude, a bit of misbehaving, that’s kind of what we all prefer, right?”
“If you want thrills and excitement and entertainment, the GT S is your car. It does everything the 911 does but with just enough hints of danger to get your blood pumping. “It’ll kill momentum, jink, stick, and rocket away from bends like a Le Mans racer,” Martinez said. “If the GT S is indicative of a new era in AMG history, all others had better watch out.”
“Are you still grinning like an idiot three days later? If yes, well, special. Is the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S a special car? I’ll save you the suspense. Double hell yes it is!”
“But you don’t buy the AMG GT S for the numbers. You buy it because it eats up a road like nobody’s business.”
“I’ll end this one by stating the obvious. I’m totally smitten with the Mercedes-AMG GT S. It’s special. It checks all the boxes. It’s beautiful, it’s luxurious, and it runs down canyon roads like an axe murder on a parkour course, devouring everything in its path.”
For 2016 Mercedes-Benz will have two versions of the mid-sized SUV. The GLE-Class SUV and Coupe. Pictured above is the current ML-Class and the GLE-coupe. Similar size, but very different styling.
This is a mid-cycle refresh to the current M-Class. There are upgrades to the interior and exterior but it will be very recognizable as the traditional SUV. It will be available in many variants: GLE300d, GLE350, GLE400, GLE550e, GLE63 AMG
This is a whole new version of the mid-size SUV. This GLE had coupe-like lines, AMG styling and is meant to stand out. The GLE-Coupe will only be available as the GLE450 AMG Sport and the GLE63 AMG.
Does that help? There seems to be a lot of confusion about why we are turning our ML into a coupe! We aren’t…there are two!
The Mercedes-Benz International website is a great place to spend an afternoon!
They recently did a feature on AMG engine builder Michael Kubler, who I’ve always followed on Instagram.
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This C63 AMG is for sale and on the showroom floor!