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What’s this, then? It’s the new Mercedes-AMG C63 S, a subtle name change to reflect the super-saloon’s subtle new styling. In fact, this Mercedes C63 is hardly more aggressive than any C-Class busied up with a few choice AMG styling touches. But when you look a bit closer, there are tell-tales that this is a bit more than a C250 CDi with swanky wheels. First up, there are a couple of AMG powerdomes on the bonnet, and a front bumper with a pair of massive airdams through which you can see nothing but radiator - always a good sign. Then there are front wings gently flared to cover a wider track, and the cars sits low but not ridiculously so on 19-inch rims - 18s on the standard car. Front and rear are linked by a set of subtle sill extensions, and there’s an almost vestigial stub of a rear spoiler on the bootlid with a pair of rectangular exhausts either side of the rear valance. Yes, there are a few ‘V8 Biturbo’ badges knocking about, but visually lairy, this is not. It is, however, one of those quiet, bookish types who happens to be a part-time ninja.