The Green Glory

Today I am sad. Well happy, but sad too.

Recently I saw the new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Legacy Edition in all its green glory. It is a magnificent machine. Absolutely ridiculous, but awesome!

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I am immensely happy that it exists, but sad that it will be the last of its kind (apart from some American automobile manufacturers’ models). I say this because as you might or might not know, it has one of the best engines ever created at its heart – the M156 Naturally Aspirated 6.2L V8. The Germans don’t do N/A anymore – only Volkswagen does with their 1.2l to 2.0l, but they are slow. BMW phased out N/A engines with the 5.0l V10 from the E60 M5. Audi was never really big fans of N/A engines, – just the 4.2l V8 and now the 5.2l V10, both of which was and still is in the R8.

As a South African, I am extremely honoured that the only ten Legacy Editions made their way to SA. I don’t know if it’s because we are biggest fans of the C63, whether it has to do with emissions regulations or if Mercedes just decided it was a good idea. I don’t know and I don’t care. I’m just honoured.

I love that car. In some ways even more than the SLS (for you who don’t know me personally, the SLS is my favourite car in all its gull winged awesomeness). Yes the SLS looks beautiful from any angle, but the C63 Legacy is probably Mercedes’ last ‘F**k you!’ model to the law people who oppose big, stupendous, ways of taking the kids to school in a plume of smoke…

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