Impressive C63 AMG Black Coupe—and Other Cultural Excesses

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series

Even as Automotive News tells us that 4-cylinder engines have now become more popular than V6s in the U.S.—and the V8 “has lost favor even faster”—super-powered road cars continue to be built and sold at outlandish prices.

Even as the U.S. edges toward default and cannot agree on how (or whether) to pay its bills, the country is awash in money, at least in certain quarters, and can be counted on to buy all the M5s and AMG Blacks the Germans can produce.

A front-page piece in today’s New York Times tells how private jets are jamming up the airports in Maine delivering rich kids to summer camps. Kind of weird, isn’t it, that the whole idea of camp—getting kids back to nature and the basics—is totally undercut by parental excess?

Enter the Benz C63 AMG Black Coupe: technically and performance-wise as good as anything the company has produced. M-B’s press site says it has driving performance “like no other AMG model,” with 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds (probably less) and every kind of techie whiz-bang development you never heard of.

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