Engine notes are a funny thing. They don't add anything to a car's performance capabilities. They don't improve emissions or lower fuel consumption. They don't contribute to ride quality or overall refinement – in fact you could argue just the opposite, at least indirectly. Yet automakers spend a great deal of time and resources to ensure their cars sound just right.

Few engines emit the kind of throaty, raspy burble that a V8 crafted by AMG does. The Mercedes-Benz performance division just makes some of the best sounding engines around. But you don't have to take our word for it: follow the jump to watch – and more importantly hear – the new C63 AMG Coupe sliding around a wet track – without any background music, voiceover, or even much color to distract from the sweet, sweet sound of the 6.2-liter, 450-horsepower V8 revving in all its glory.



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      narcszm
      • 3 Years Ago
      If there is a God, and God drives a car, it sure as hell has a V8.
      Offbԑatmammal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great video. While not quite Top Gear UK camera work is really well put together - the touches of color really make it stand out. The Merc sounds superb
      Matt Mossberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      muscle car engine with german made style and refined quality = my type of car
        Maxximtl
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt Mossberg
        Too bad MB is currently facing a class-action lawsuit for severe engine flaws on the 6.2 .
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Maxximtl
          [blocked]
      Saracen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just had a crisis
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Exhaust note: Sexy Upshifts: Not-so-Sexy
      ShadowVlican
      • 3 Years Ago
      i love V8.
      Ben Hayat
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it was manual, it would've sounded even better!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ben Hayat
        Manuals don't make an engine sound better lol...
          onewayroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          That's where your wrong, the sound of some one changing their own gears always sounds better than any automatic especially with a exhaust note like that.
          Jake
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Actually, varying the speed of the shift does change the quality of the sound, and that's one thing that you could control in a manual. Some automated gearboxes allow the driver to set the shift speed, but the range is limited and it's not a common feature.
          Agilis
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Actually Elmo is right. The fact it's manual vs automatic doesn't make the engine sound better. The reason why a manual could sound better is because an automatic will change the gears a lot faster and at lower RPMs in order to save fuel. When a the car is manual, the shift usually is done at RPMs higher than if it were an automatic.
          sparrk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          @ Agilis, and that's exactly why a manual always sounds better, you can control the sound of the engine.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was never a huge fan of MB anyway, but this is just pathetic. It has inferior performance to the M3 despite being more powerful, it has a heavy curb weight, it has inferior driving dynamics to the M3, a cheaper interior, and doesn't come with a manual tranny, but still is more expensive. M3/RS5 over this any day of the week!
        Commodore
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        All I hear is constant whining... truth is that the C63 isn't substantially slower on a race track than an M3 (already proven) while offering much more grunt in the straight line. And my gawd... the RS5 really isn't on par with the C63 when it comes to driving dynamics (unless you consider understeer to be superior handling, of course...).
        Bart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Spoken like someone who hasnt actually driven the cars.
        bouljf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        The price difference depends on where you live; the C63 is $1,500 more than the M3 in the US but up here in Canada it’s actually $4,800 cheaper and $5,300 less when comparing sedans. Granted it’s not as good but it’s certainly a nice alternative for the price. The C63 is also faster in a straight line if you care about such things.
        ghetto2315
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        @ Justin Campanale: Inferior performance? Cheaper interior?? Thank god you don't write for an auto mag. AMG doesn't offer manual because their passion is true performance and their philosophy is that no human can ever shift as fast as a computer. With your comments, I know for a fact that you have never even driven an M3, let alone a C63. Take an M3 to the track, and yes, you have the better machine but it's a driver's race, even at that. Everything else, a C63 will walk it, and do it better in style. Period.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ghetto2315
          I honestly don't give two ***** if the straight-line performance of the C63 is better (and it loses big time on the track, the M3 has a better Nuburgring time), I don't want a computer shifting gears for me, I want to row my own gears. Please test drive both cars before running your mouth. The C63 can't stack up to the M3 in terms of dynamics, steering, driver enjoyment, and handling. Coming from someone who has driven both.
        Saracen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Normally I would agree... but oh my god...did you hear that thing? /fap
      Higher750
      • 3 Years Ago
      Car generally sounds great, but the auto ruins it a bit.
        Jameskey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Higher750
        Agreed except I think the auto ruins it a lot. - Oh and I'm posting this so that I can hear all about how much faster the auto shifts so please tell us!
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Higher750
        I do not understand why one would say the "auto" ruins this car. I mean, you can still totally manually shift! You just flick a paddle instead of pulling a lever. Cannot you not perform the same shifting style and revving style with a paddle shifter as you can with a stick shift? Is not the only difference the physical motion one makes to perform the shift? To me these "auto" transmissions are totally the best of both worlds.
      wallstreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have never seen a C63 at the track. Why is that?
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wallstreet
        Come to VIR or Summit Point. They are regular attendees at FATT/HPDE sessions.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wallstreet
        Along with NightFlight, I've seen quite a few at track days at Sebring.
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      A bit off-topic, but... Is anybody else glad that Mercedes-Benz took the C-Class out of teenage/low 20 year old girls' hands? I was seriously getting tired of seeing all these young girls driving the C230 Kompressor.
        Duk3ofN3rd5
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Don't hate. C class is the entry level car, being safe and all, a perfect car for teenagers because they tend to get into accidents. They will still get C230s, just hopefully not C350s, and definitely not C63AMGs.
      cdigs
      • 3 Years Ago
      2012 C63 is not a 6.2L V8; It's a twin-turbo 5.5L. 2011 C63 was the last iteration with the 6.2L V8.
        more_torque
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cdigs
        wrong, what you mean is the engine switch from the 2011 E63 to the 2012 E63
        Haub
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cdigs
        Still the 6.2 M156 until the next redesign. However, the new 2012 172 SLK55 has a naturally aspirated ( M152 ) version of the latest M157 DI turbo V8.
        cdigs
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cdigs
        I stand corrected.
        RFleish
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cdigs
        Wrong. The 2012 will have the 6.2L
        bouljf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cdigs
        you are wrong http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2012-mercedes-benz-c63-amg-coupe-review-car-and-driver
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