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
And this brings me on to the next problem. So that BMW salesmen can tell the 50 M3 GTS customers that it's very serious in the way it goes about its business, all of the road-car flimflam has been ditched. Not just the back seats, but also the door pockets, the air-conditioning, the satnav and the stereo. Sure, you can put all this back, often at no extra cost, but the car I drove was pretty spartan. And with no satnav, it was pretty hard to enjoy myself, because I was always under the impression I was on the wrong road, heading for the wrong town.
This is where the Merc scores. Because it's not designed to be desperately serious, you do still get all the toys you would get in a normal car. You even get proper seatbelts, rather than the cock-severing, five-point harnesses that BMW provides.