Top Gear Speed Week: the super saloons
Nissan GT-R Track Pack, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series and BMW M5 kill tyres with POWEEEEER
Posted: 29 Aug 2012
This incident is not the fault of the C63: not beyond its mere existence as a 500bhp+ rear-drive machine with entirely turn-offable traction control. The C63 is neither undriveable nor snappy. It has a great wide window of slipperiness, gives you ample warning when it's preparing to swap ends, and its giant, naturally aspirated V8 delivers its power in a broad, even arc. I could have punted any of these three cars into a field: the Merc was simply the victim of the oh-OK-just-one-more-lap, the let's-turn-the-electronic-aids-right-off and the make-sure-you-get-this-one-on-camera syndromes.
Also, there's a little compression on the exit of Hammerhead that no one warns you about until it's too late. The smell of burning plastic wafts from the C63. I have no fire extinguisher. I make the Team America distress signal towards the TG crew. Desperately scrabbling for a silver lining to this not-good situation, I wonder if I might have inadvertently happened upon the common strand
linking the three cars on this test. And that strand is this: while the BMW M5, Nissan GT-R Track Pack and Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series might look like relatively conventional machines (from the outside at least, and ignoring the C63's awesome carbon rear wing), they're actually brawling, fearsome monsters prepared to deposit you in a field if you don't show them respect.