AMG V8 sales booming

Mercedes C-Class sales prove Oz still craves eight cylinders

by MOTOR STAFF

AUSTRALIANS love V8s and it seems theyíre willing to pay a premium for them. At least thatís what Mercedes-Benzís sales figures show, as its C-Class C63 S comfortably outsold the C43 in March.

Mercedes-Benzís product planners proved they did their homework on the C43, as it hasnít hampered the 63 Sís mojo in the marketplace Ė the V8 model thunders on as the top-selling AMG variant for the brand. Beating even the A45 and CLA45.

One specific point of difference between the two lends a clue as to why. And it lurks under the bonnet. The C63ís twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 arrives hand-built from Affalterbach, while the C43 loses two-pots and relies on robots for engine construction.

two-pots and relies on robots for engine construction.

Between C63 S and C43 coupes lies a $56,500 price difference, with the V8-engined model commanding $162,115 before on-road costs.

Still, 93 buyers chose a C-Class coupe in C63 S spec in March, while the C43 attracted 61 orders. The C63 S coupe made up more than 31 per cent of C-Class Coupe and Convertible sales in the same month, surging ahead of the C43, which snares 17 per cent of two-door C-Class sales.

Meanwhile, over in Munich, Mercís uptake of the C63 S in March thumps BMWís M4, which accounted for only 16 per cent of 4 Series coupe and convertibles. Across this yearís first quarter the C63 S coupe found more than 260 homes, while the six-cylinder M4 only found 50.

The C43 returned fire in the convertible market, with 25 buyers opting for the twin-turbo six variant compared to 17 choosing a C63 S convertible in March.

compared to 17 choosing a C63 S convertible in March.

Either way, you wonít have to wait long for an AMG V8.

Wait-lists on C63s are now almost non-existent if you go easy on options. Long live the V8.

The C43 hasnít hampered the 63ís mojo in the marketplace one bit

the HEAT

WINNERS AND LOSERS OF MAR 2017

Top ten losers

CAR FEB MAR YTD YTD +/- Merc G-Wagon CC 2 2 5 -85% Audi A8 3 1 4 -79% Maserati Coupe/Conv 1 5 6 -79% Audi TT 7 17 37 -77% BMW 5 Series GT 2 4 7 -76% Alfa Romeo 4C 3 2 7 -75% Hyundai Genesis 10 21 45 -71% Maserati Quattroporte 4 3 9 -68% Audi A7 10 2 21 -62% M-B E-Class Coupe/Conv 18 25 65 -61%

Top ten movers

CAR FEB MAR YTD YTD +/- Merc GLS-Class 59 104 248 999% Merc C-Class Cpe/Conv 301 350 912 737% Volkswagen CC 35 2 37 517% Lotus Elise 2 3 7 250% McLaren Coupe/Conv 10 8 27 238% Nissan GT-R 10 11 29 222% BMW 5 Series 85 178 343 170% Rolls-Royce Coupe/Conv 1 0 4 100% Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 6 10 20 82% Infiniti Q60 6 17 28 75%

Coming Soon 2017

Q2

Porsche 911 GTS Aston Martin Vanquish S Audi S5 Sportback Audi TT RS Debuts new hot fiver.

Audi R8 Spyder Rag-top V10 rocket.

Bentley Supersports W12 cops more power and extra trinkets.

Hyundai i30 SR Scores turbo engine.

Lexus LC500 All-new Lexus flagship.

Q3/Q4

Audi RS3 Sedan Audi RS5 Drops V8 grunt for Porscheís twin-turbo V6.

Holden Commodore New European-built Commodore arrives.

Honda Civic Type R Manic turbo front-driver arrives on Aussie shores.

Hyundai i30 N Its first proper hatch hottie.

Kia Stinger GT A rear-drive, twin-turbo V6 to get excited about.

McLaren 720S Super Series evolves.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe Boasts a new platform.

Mercedes-AMG E63 S Drift-ready super sedan.

Mercedes-AMG S63 New lunatic limo lands.

Mercedes-AMG GT C Steals a few GT R bits.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Packs 500kW to hit 100km/h in 3.4sec.

Skoda Octavia RS245 Welcomes more power and dual-clutch íbox.

2018

Audi RS4 A wagon-topped RS5.

BMW M5 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T Let the bread van deliveries begin.

Ford Fiesta ST Now with turbo triple.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Combines GT3 RS chassis with Turbo S-beating power.