2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S, 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS, Datsun 280Z Vibrations

Episode 82 · July 28th, 2018 · 44 mins 48 secs

About this Episode

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S introduces brand-new 'predictive' driver's aides in the form of the AMG Dynamics system, and Benjamin hits the track at Bilster Berg in Germany to decide whether they help lap times or just get in the way while sampling every single model in the C63 line-up. Sami spends a week with the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and is stunned by how incredibly quick and competent the 911's little brother has become in just a few short years. Finally, Benjamin tells a sad story of driveline vibration, hair loss, and classic Datsun ownership.

Episode Links

  • First Drive: Electronic charm school civilizes the wildest C-Class family members, the 2019 AMG C63 and C63 S — Even though the rowdiest members of any family eventually grow up, they don't always entirely mature. Mercedes-AMG has been walking a delicate line with its entire lineup over the past several years in a well-intentioned effort to refine what has traditionally been one of the woollier gatherings of hairy-knuckled luxury sports cars. They’re branded with the Silver Star, to be sure, but still wild enough to buck their riders in a bellowsome display of horsepower and oversteer.
  • 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 First Drive Review — Sometimes, to help tame the beast you must first sharpen its claws. So it goes with the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S, a full-fledged family of monsters wrapped in a golden fleece that does little to mask the sheer brutality of their twin-turbo output. Rather than dial back any aspect of the C63’s formidable character, AMG has instead elected to digitally parse its power by way of a host of high-tech helpers that secure its purchase on terra firma more effectively than in the previous model.