C63 Black Series: Where Stimulation Trumps Stint Times

Posted by: Matt Iasenzaniro onJuly 23rd, 2014


Being asked to drive a fun car should never cause you stress, but that’s exactly what I felt when my boss asked me to review his car. In a no-win situation comparable to “Does this make me look fat?”, I was being asked to give my opinion about rage2’s current pride and joy, the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series.

Ah well, this gig doesn’t pay anyway.

For those that aren’t familiar with rage2’s C63 BS, here’s what you need to know. 510 hp, 457 lb-ft of torque, 3800 lbs, fender flares, matte wrap, 0-60 in 3.7s, 1/4 mile in 12 seconds flat, and a baby seat ISOFIX’d to the back seat. All for the mildly affordable starting price of $109,000. Which forces a question you’ll hear all too often on car forums and bar conversations. Why would you spend six figures on a C-class that doesn’t perform at the top of its price range? You could pick up a new GTR for the same money and literally drive circles around the C63. Ignorance and brand loyalty are the most common justifications you’ll hear but, while the latter certainly applies here (whether he’ll admit it or not), rage2 has his own reason. It’s fun.

“10 years ago, when I was competing in Solo 1 and 2, I’d be all over the GTR. Priorities change. I like driving for the sake of driving. Not to be the fastest guy on the track.”

It’s a lesson that every car guy needs to learn at some point in his life. Cars are tools with different purposes for different people. You can’t just lump everything in the same price range together, look at statistics and pick a “best” car out of the pile. It’s a black and white viewpoint which often leads to arguments and resentment. Unfortunately, it’s also how vehicles have been sold to us for decades. You can’t blame folks for not considering that there’s another metric on which to judge a vehicle. This topic could have an entire article to itself, and maybe it will, so let’s move onto the car in question.

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When he’s not busy writing about cars or travelling the auto show circuit, he’s reviewing apps and video games related to the automotive world. In his spare time, Matt is a motorcycle enthusiast, trying not to kill himself riding along with the crazy local drivers. He is also a weekly contributor in the Motor Mondays segment on News Talk 770.

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