The new radiator grille on the forthcoming Mercedes-AMG C63 represents much more than a facelift of AMG’s most popular model. Due in SA in the fourth quarter of 2018, the C-Class halo model is yet another step on the AMG evolution towards producing not just hairy-chested super-sedans with Godzilla-like power, but cars you can enjoy tootling along with the family on a trip to visit grandma.

On a trip to Germany, we exploited the full telephone-book-ripping power, as well as the car’s mild Clark Kent nature on backroads. The consensus was that under the management regime of Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers, Mercedes’ performance division has moved light years beyond the "hot-rodding culture" of a few years back. That Panamericana grille with its distinctive high-gloss chrome vertical slats represents current GT class racing glory and also harkens back to the early 1950s when Mercedes re-established itself as a mega-force in international sports car racing, notably with its crushing...

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