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This is a 2012 C63 AMG Coupe with Performance Pack - offering up 487hp thanks to its forged (lighted) internals. The PP also provides composite discs (?), carbon boot lid spoiler and alcantara steering wheel trim. In addition the car has the AMG LSD, carbon pack and just about every other option box ticked. The question everyone asks, who juicy... pottering about (I live in Surrey) it does between 19 and 22mpg. On a round trip to Bristol it averaged 26 with me trying VERY hard but not dawdling either. The gearbox gets a heap of criticism. Make no mistake, this is a fantastic auto box. I have done countless thousands of miles with Audis 7 speed S-Tronic in both a B8 S4 and A5 3.0TDI Black, as well as the venerable 8 speed found in the M135i, F32 435dx, F15 X5 and our F33 428i for comparison. I don't track my cars, just enjoy them as intended on the roads and only the B8 S4 really worked well as a manual. Mated to that wonderful and sonorous supercharged 3.0, what a combo. All the others, in my opinion, including the Mercedes are best left in Auto. And in pure auto (S or S+), I would say that the 7 speed MCT software betters the BMW software which does not shift down when braking any where near as intuitively as the Mercedes does. You get nice blips on the way down which are still satisfying even though you haven't triggered them on demand. That said, the paddles are comfortable to use if not quite as immediate as the dual clutch alternatives.
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