So you’ve got $160k in your hip pocket and fancy a four-door wearing an AMG badge. Fortunately for you, Affalterbach offers two distinctly different choices, if separated in price by only a couple of grand.
In one corner sits the perennial favourite nameplate, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 S.
Mid-sized and with a Herculean 375kW and 700Nm from its 4.0-litre biturbo V8 fed through the rear tyres, it arrives in your driveway with a big reputation and much sonic fanfare for $157,211 list.
As a cleanskin, though – those optional ceramic brakes nudge an extra five figures. Temper the C63 S’s hunger for wheelspin and it’ll sprint to 100km/h from a standstill, says AMG, in just four seconds neat.
Quite a large step over to the opposing corner lurks the relative newcomer from the Merc skunkworks, the 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43.
Its twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 produces a more modest 295kW and a lower 520 Newton Metre count, and the form guide states it’s six-tenths slower in the 0-100km.h sprint. However, it’s a larger and roomier sedan, plies all-wheel drive for sweat-free performance and promises a more balanced experience between performance and luxury.
So, the $160k question is: which of this pair is the AMG sedan that buyers really want?