It’s quiz time

OK, quick question for you, what has a naturally aspirated eight cylinder 6.2 litre front engine in a V format with a power output of 451bhp, 443lb-ft torque and drives the rear wheels?

Oh, and it’s an estate (other configurations are available).

Yes, correct.  It’s a C63 Mercedes.  And it’s mine.

Mercedes C63 W204 frontage

70,000 miles, FMBSH and a prodigious thirst, it is possibly the fastest car I have ever owned.

I traded in the Mazda and to be honest I’m glad to see the back of it.  Don’t misunderstand, it was (is) a very capable car and was exactly as all the motoring magazines and pundits said.  It was very good to drive, well made, quite good value for money (except for trade-in!) but I found it very disappointing.  If one wanted to drive like a loon, as though one’s pants were on fire and get the back end out round corners all without breaking too many speed limits, it was great.  However if one had to be in Newcastle at 07:00 in the morning, wanted to listen to Radio 4, wanted somewhere to put one’s phone and keys and it was raining, it was a miserable and claustrophobic place to be.  Artics cut you up because they can’t see you, one felt vulnerable on motorways and the fuel gauge would drop from 25 miles remaining to less than 5 in around 3 miles.  Every time a corner was taken the keys would slide from the centre console and disappear under the seats.  3/4 vision was very poor with the roof up and the lack of any sort of storage space in the cabin was infuriating.

I hope the Merc and I get on, we are going to firm friends with the local Shell garage and spend much money with my local tyre man.  I can’t wait.Mercedes C63 badge

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