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Lovely choice for your first MB and a lovely colour.

@Stevie1982.
Lose the P Zero's ASAP on your E63. I found the grip in the damp almost non existent. The Michelins or Goodyear F1 Asymmetric 6 are a huge improvement.
One of the first jobs on the list mate. Never got on with P Zero's on any car. Just researching on what tyre to get next although I think any will be an improvement
 
Great car!

I’m curious - how did you find the F90 M5 and C7 RS6 to the C63?

They were both great cars, very fast but both missing something in the fun factor. It’s a bit of a shaggy dog story as to how I ended up at the C63, I’ll try and not bore anyone.

The chain went something like this: many cars -> ISF -> 981 Cayman S* -> C7 RS6 -> FK8 Type R -> F90 M5 -> 205 C63s. And all in just a couple of years.

From the beginning I’d only ever had ‘normal’ cars - hatchbacks, saloons and coupes. As a kid I was only interested in touring cars and V8 German Uber saloons, so that’s what I’d had. Then our first daughter came along in 2019 and suddenly I realised if I wanted something more sporty, I was running out of time. So I bought a late Cayman S and it was a revelation; light, great handling, good sound and huge fun. I drove it every day and even used it for nursery drop offs and pickups when that came about. Sadly after a couple of years my daughter became too tall (long!) - her feet were almost up against the dashboard and it just felt unsafe. I needed something more practical but the Cayman had spoilt me as a driver’s car.

The RS6 Performance seemed to make sense at the time; it was hugely practical, sounded awesome on the go, looked mean and had big power - 597 BHP. It had instant traction, was comfortable and well made however it was really heavy. That didn’t affect its straight line speed - it was a rocket ship - but it was a big ol’ bus to navigate around town and in traffic. A pita to park too. Also it was only really fun when pressing on, but at those speeds it was too risky if I wanted to keep my license. I decided I didn’t need a bus (the wife runs the main family wagon anyway) so the hunt was on for something less huge and more fun.

Armed with my recent Evo mag knowledge, I bought one of the last FK8 Civic Type Rs to leave Swindon before the factory closed. I couldn’t find one to drive before I ordered it, but I was sure it would fit the bill. When it eventually came I quickly realised it wasn’t for me. It was light and nimble, the seats and manual gearbox amazing, however the interior was a bit too plasticky, the tech laggy and dated. In many ways it reminded me of 80s/90s French hot hatches - light on the outside and inside. Ultimately though, I couldn’t live with the front end hop and loss of traction when trying to launch in anything but bone dry conditions. And sometimes even then. 400 miles later and it was gone.

The M5 was really just a return to type I guess. Similar to the RS6 but it felt more compact and less cavernous. Fantastic performance again (592 BHP), huge traction in all conditions and a really comfortable and well made interior. I had longed for the days of my E39 M5 and this seemed the right choice. It had everything I needed and did everything I wanted… except it just wasn’t as much fun as I wanted it to be. Very fast again but also very muted, much more-so that the RS6. You could do silly speeds but it just felt so calm and sublime. Much like my issue with the RS6 prior, I had to be quite silly with it before the car came alive and rewarded. I can only imagine other owners are simply more restrained or regularly drove on autobahns. I was neither.

It was after watching Chris Harris race the M5 against the E63s on Top Gear that made me seriously look at AMGs. A move to the E63 likely wouldnt have fixed my ‘fun at sensible speed’ issues, but more than likely would have sparked the wife to drag me to a psychiatrist, to resolve my serial car changing sickness. I then realised the C63 had a similar engine to the E63 but in a smaller package. Ultimately I hoped it would be the best of all worlds; the build quality, tech and comfort id become used too, the V8 performance and noise I craved, but still with some practicality needed for my dad roles (I have two little girls now).

Luckily for everyone involved I think I’ve found a great all rounder in the C63s coupe. There’s just enough noise and drama to entertain at normal speeds and when pootling about town. It has a fierce turn of speed when you want it - especially with the right tyres. A few months in and I’m pretty happy or perhaps content is the better word.

Apologies, I wasn’t trying to recreate War and Peace with this post.
 
Apologies, I wasn’t trying to recreate War and Peace with this post.

Very interesting to hear an owner's take on all three - I have often found myself eyeing up the C7 RS6 (prior to C63 ownership) and now the F90 M5, so it's interesting to hear how they compare, as I don't think there's much in the way of video reviews on the three as they're all slightly different sectors.

I don't see myself changing for quite some time, despite looking more often than I care to admit! It does seem the newer cars are a bit muted what with the OPFs and ever more restrictive regulation around noise and emissions. Despite this, they are seriously quick, especially with 4wd added to the mix!
 
Very interesting to hear an owner's take on all three - I have often found myself eyeing up the C7 RS6 (prior to C63 ownership) and now the F90 M5, so it's interesting to hear how they compare, as I don't think there's much in the way of video reviews on the three as they're all slightly different sectors.

I don't see myself changing for quite some time, despite looking more often than I care to admit! It does seem the newer cars are a bit muted what with the OPFs and ever more restrictive regulation around noise and emissions. Despite this, they are seriously quick, especially with 4wd added to the mix!

The 4wd makes both the RS and M fantastic all weather cars you can run throughout the year. I guess if you need a single, ‘do everything’ car, this is where you should look. For me the Audi really struggled with its weight - more so than the BMW - it’s suspension runs out of ideas pretty quickly and you end up with lots of under steer, but then I wanted to drive it like a much smaller car. The M5 is much better in this respect imo, but again it’s rather too much HP for the road these days.

The C63 can’t really be compared to the Audi and BM, it’s a lower segment car and would have been much cheaper new (although they are similarly priced now 2nd hand). I will say however that I don’t feel short changed in the Merc, it’s perhaps not as plush inside, but it’s marginal. One area that did stand out for me, over the RS and M5, was the AMGs brakes. The C63s stops incredibly well in an emergency, that was fully tested the first week I had it. Someone blindly pulled out in front of me coming up to a roundabout on a dual carriageway. I know it’s a bit lighter than the other two cars, but it was like a parachute had been deployed. I was very impressed and relieved :)
 
Welcome from fellow Aberdeen-based member! I just joined last week having picked up a W204 coupe. Yours looks cracking!
 
Welcome from fellow Aberdeen-based member! I just joined last week having picked up a W204 coupe. Yours looks cracking!
Howdy!

Nice to see a fellow member up this neck of the woods. Your C63 looks pretty sweet, hope you’re enjoying getting to know each other :)
 
So far so good, and likewise!
 
Think I maybe saw you on Anderson Drive yesterday, around lunchtime?
 
Hmm probably not if it was lunchtime. I haven’t seen another brilliant blue coupe so far, but it’s certainly possible.

I’ve been keeping an eye out for yours too, but doubt I’ve seen a single AMG (other than the numerous A35/45s). We obviously need to arrange a meet :)
 
Haha yeah, think it might end up being you and I at this rate tho! I'll have a look and see if there's an appropriate forum area for arranging meets...
 
So I saw another C63S today, again on Anderson Drive and this time I got a smile and a nod from the driver so I thought "that must be you this time!" Clearly not though as the car today was a saloon and yours is a coupe... There are more of us around here than we thought, just not sure many of us are on this forum...
 
So I saw another C63S today, again on Anderson Drive and this time I got a smile and a nod from the driver so I thought "that must be you this time!" Clearly not though as the car today was a saloon and yours is a coupe... There are more of us around here than we thought, just not sure many of us are on this forum...

Sounds like you are on a roll, I haven’t seen a single c63 (regardless of vintage) since I got mine this year. I’m up Anderson drive in the morning and back down at tea time. Lunchtime must be when they all come out of hiding!

You’ll know when you actually see me :cool:
 

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