2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Revamped both inside and out, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is a four door force to be reckoned with. Earlier generations of Mercedes AMG vehicles were blunt force instruments. Lately though, Merc has been churning out drool-worthy vehicles that truly raise the performance quotient for the German automaker, as is the case for the C63. So, for you laymen, it’s not just fast in a straight line, it handles the twisties, too. With 481 hp, the naturally aspirated C63 will make mincemeat of most sports cars, rocketing the “family sedan” to 60 in 4.3 seconds. That’s awfully close to Ferrari territory, folks. The all-new AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed transmission has four driving mode selections with rev-matching and a “Race Start” option, so you won’t need that cup of joe to wake you up on your morning commute. Brushed piano lacquer and dark aluminum trim add a stealthy sophistication to the interior. Other niceties include Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Parktronic parking guidance, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist. The C63 can’t teach you how to drive, but if you can, it will certainly get you to your destination with haste and taste. Available Fall 2011.