Clarkson: head to head in the C63 AMG Black and M3 GTS
The Merc C63 Black and BMW M3 GTS both have a hardcore brief, but which is better?
Posted: 18 Mar 2012
But do not be fooled by the figures or the specifications. Yes, it may have a wider track, carbon-fibre aero winglets, coilover suspension with adjustable dampers, lightweight pistons, a diff from the world of heavy engineering, carbon-ceramic brakes and a million other bits of motorsport tinsel, but, like its predecessor, it's not really a serious track-day rocketship.
Four laps of the Top Gear track with the traction control off, and the rear tyres were not down to the canvas. They were down to the metal underneath the canvas. Four laps. That's not much more than six miles, and £600 worth of supposedly race-bred tyres had been converted into a cloud of smoke and a wall of noise.