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Mercedes-Benz builds a muscle car

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
The C-class gets brawny after a trip to AMG. Josh Miller/CNET

It's a simple formula: put a big engine in a small car. With Mercedes-Benz's C63 AMG, that results in zero-to-60 mph close to 4 seconds. The C63 AMG's relatively short wheelbase also means easy rotation in the corners. All of these factors had us taking every opportunity we could to drive the 2010 C63 AMG, but the main reason we like this car so much is the sounds of danger that come from the tailpipe. You can hum along at 2,000rpm and no one will look twice, but rev the engine and people will think there has been an escape at the dog pound.

On the flip side, clutch advocates will sneer at the C63 AMG's automatic transmission, which is the only option available. At least, until they give it a try. And the fact that the car is ready to leap even in Comfort mode could lead to some attention-getting starts when the light turns green. The biggest drawback to this car is that you will become overly familiar with your local gas station.

Check out our 2010 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG review.