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
I haven't mentioned the steering yet. Ooh, it's good. Heavier than the standard car's, it has a precision and an accuracy I don't remember experiencing in any other car. Ever. Many think of the GTS as just a hotted-up M3, in the same mould as the old CSL. But it's so much more than that. The big daft Merc always has the power ace up its sleeve, but, in the bends, the GTS is better. It's sublime, that car. Mesmerising. If I were to compare these two cars to pets, the BMW would be a cat. Cool. Clinical. Sharp. Canny. The Merc would be a hippo. Utterly, utterly mad, with a tail that whizzes round and round whenever it takes a shit.
So, if you are choosing between these cars on the basis of how they perform at track days, then it's the BMW every time. But - and this is important - if you want a track-day car, why buy a modified saloon that is always going to be heavier and more cumbersome than, say, a Caterham or a BAC Mono?