What is it?
The new Mercedes-AMG C 63, on the cusp of a full road test examination. Before that, though, we had to retrieve the car from Scotland - chance enough to get an initial taste of its road-going character.
Unlike those we’ve previously tested abroad, this C 63 is the standard model, meaning the turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine that it shares with the GT delivers ‘just’ 469bhp and 479lb ft of torque.
We’ll save an exhaustive description of the car for next week, but suffice to say it comes with some modest body enhancements (arguably too modest), AMG’s seven-speed Speedshift automatic gearbox and a lowered, overhauled version of the C-Class’s multi-link suspension.
Also present and correct is a mechanical limited-slip differential, as opposed to the electronically controlled version on the more powerful S trim. With options including a £1000 adaptive exhaust system, it costs £63,920.