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This is the current affair. While I do own all the cars in my wheel-well profile (and a bunch more that I'm not proud of), the AMG is the one that gets driven. I came from a world of modified Acura Integra's as a kid. That was traded for an S2000 that I lowered (before "stance" was a word you vape-smoking fucks). I then moved onto E36 M3's, E39 M5's, and a multitude of other cars eventually leading up to the 28,000lb slab of leather and granite that is the CLS. Did you notice the pattern? If such continues, I'll be trading this for a late 70's Rolls Royce, and then a well-used leather sofa, and then that will get swapped for those mattresses that you see on late night tv that fold in the middle so you can sit up to watch re-runs of Johnny Carson Late Night. I am so over, uncomfortable. I've done the crashing suspension and the squeaky bushings. I've done the loud, droning exhausts. It's taken me a lot of years, and a lot of mistakes to shift my thinking. I've watched my entire paradigm shift from "a car isn't a real sports car unless it's terrible", to "a car is great, because of its breadth of ability". And that's what the AMG does. Sure a Mazda Miata or Toyota FRS has much better steering feel and turn in. It communicates handling variances to the driver unlike any other car, but that's ALL it does. The AMG unlocks the doors before I walk up to it. It heats, air conditions and massages my ass when I sit in it. It has a place to hold my coffee while I lightly tap a single button to start it. It cocoon's me in leather, wood and alcantara while I quiety woft to work, all while being able to hold four people, luggage and do almost 200mph heaven forbid the need should arrive. And it does all of this while being 10-years-old and looking, in my opinion, the complete fucking tits. There's so much attention spent on slight horsepower increases, or handling idiosyncrasies of competing sports cars in a related segment, all while there's an entire line up of cars with so much raw "ability" that don't get nearly the attention they deserve. It took me a lot of years, and a lot of car ownership to realize that, but I do now. And because of that, I love AMG.
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