Cool driving report here with the recently launched Mercedes-Benz C DR 520 AMG. Check it out!
What’s it like to drive?
Unsurprisingly, much like a C63 with a heap more urge. I had the estate and drove it to Germany for the weekend. For starters, this car has the best steering of anything in the class: crisp, intuitive and actually involving. The engine was tight with just 1000 miles showing and having driven over 20k miles in the past year on other 6.2-litre AMG V8s, I know how much better they become with age. Still, we managed to help loosen it up.
It sounds a little fruitier than the standard car – if that’s actually possible – and it pulls harder at any engine speed, but the real change is above 4500rpm. Then this becomes a very, very fast car. Merc claims it’s limited to 187mph, but I couldn’t get it past 182mph, where it felt utterly unfazed.
I did a couple of laps of the Nurburgring in it, and for an estate car its pace was crazy. You feel all that weight up front, and the rubber really struggles, but the car’s ultimate balance is great: friendly understeer that can be overcome with a prod of throttle.