...So I found myself sitting in a brand new black C63 fresh from Deutscheland... "Here, turn the key" said the salesman. The car roared into life - I can only describe it as an explosion! For a second I was transported to a DTM pit lane. But how did I get here? Well my mother-in-law wanted a Smart like my partner's - so I got on the phone to my local dealer. We cut a rather good deal (£700 down, £119 per month - factory order car) and we just needed to tie up the details. "Come in" he said. "What do you drive?" he asked innocuously. "A C43" I responded. "I had an estate version - love that car. I've got a C63 sitting here. Tell you what, you come down and then we'll go for a quick blast" I have to admit on the way to the showroom I wasn't thinking of the Smart! Anyway, back to the drive - the car I went in had the voice activated COMAND - for those of us that grew up with KnightRider - you'll be happy. I floored the car and it literally E X P LO D E D towards the horizon. The salesman and my OH both cried with joy/ fear! When pootling around in some traffic a bit later I floored it again and the wheels spun! The ASC kicked in - wow. The steering wheel is the business - at any position you have a firm useable grip available which gives you a great deal of control. But the #1 thing that sells this car is... that engine. The sound...oh my gosh! I wouldn't need a stereo. I took a few pics - I'll post them tomorrow. I had no intention of getting one of these beasts - but I tell you what - I'll be calling the accountant in the morning to run some figures!