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franki68

amg performance tour

got invited to this event in central manchester,basically it was a event to show off the new s63 coupe ,but they also had every single AMG model available to drive .
The S class coupe is just not my cup of tea ,but I will admit the interior is rather nice although the 2 veyr large tft screens are a bit OTT,and the seats...I am not sure I have ever sat in anything nicer .
I was so disinterested in the car thought I didnt even drive it,preferring to spend some time driving a few amg models I haven't experienced before.

First up the SL63,now as a sl55 owner in the past I was intrigued as this model has had some glowing reports,and I can see why.It was always a  very fast,brilliant convertible,but not much fun to punt down a twisty road.
The new model feels very different ,it feels much lighter than it is and turned into corners exceptionally well,if only it didn't look like former model who has had too uch plastic surgery and now instead of looking pretty looks like hound.
Oh and it is 'fuck me ' fast ..once you have traction ,I lost traction in a straight line on about 14 throttle so ridiculous is it.

having driven most of the stuff before I decided then to go for something I hadn't tried and a bit different from the blown 5.5 engines ,so despite the ridiculousness of the g63 tempting me,I went for the a class on stilts .
Having seen the a45 beat a cls 63 on autoexpress I was expecting fireworks ,especially with the 4wd allowing all the power to be used,well I have to say that autoexpress thing was either rigged or they had a faulty cls because it is not in the same hemisphere performance wise as the 55 engined beasts.It was good fun ,you could just throw it about ,but the ride was pretty firm and harsh enough to undo the good bits of the car.

They had a stunning sls convertible ,a run out edition in the showroom,but it wasnt available to test.
It was a good day,mad cars ,for me I would take the amg model over the equivalent M model as they just have a bit more madness about them and character.
Alf McQueef

I am very interested to see what the new 4-litre T engine is like...

E class AMG's with  the 5.5T seem to dive in value - its certainly not beyond the realms of possibility I would have one of those at some stage. Quite plain looking, but that's the beauty.
franki68

Alf McQueef wrote:
I am very interested to see what the new 4-litre T engine is like...

E class AMG's with the 5.5T seem to dive in value - its certainly not beyond the realms of possibility I would have one of those at some stage. Quite plain looking, but that's the beauty.


prices are crazy on these,I  saw a cls 63 shooting brake 2013 plate every option on ceramics etc list at 108k and it was 58k .
a friend of mine paid 90k for the last of the n/a engined cars ,2012 it was I think,he just sold it ,told everyone he got 60k for it ,but he's lying ,dealers are selling these at 40k

mind you you can get huge discounts on these new.
PG

Sounds like a good invite to get!
Alf McQueef

I got an invite to the local one - from my C63 enquiry - but did not want to waste their time pretending to be far wealthier than I am!
TreVoR

Alf McQueef wrote:
I got an invite to the local one - from my C63 enquiry - but did not want to waste their time pretending to be far wealthier than I am!


Likewise. The only way they have my details is from when I ordered a new key (dealer part only) for the E500 shortly after I bought it.
Stuntman

You're both mad!
TreVoR

And busy!  
PhilD

Stuntman wrote:
You're both mad!


Too right! I'd put my cleanest trainers and trackies on and jog right down there!
franki68

Alf McQueef wrote:
I got an invite to the local one - from my C63 enquiry - but did not want to waste their time pretending to be far wealthier than I am!


Indeed,car salesmen are such saints ,it would be criminal to waste their time.
Alf McQueef

I suppose 20 years in sales means I don't like wasting people's time - what comes around goes around!

I still have a major AMG itch to be scratched but its unlikely to be new unless they start silly subsidies again...
franki68

Alf McQueef wrote:
I suppose 20 years in sales means I don't like wasting people's time - what comes around goes around!

I still have a major AMG itch to be scratched but its unlikely to be new unless they start silly subsidies again...



he did mention they were about to do some amazing deals on 507 edition cars .
Martin

Alf McQueef wrote:
I suppose 20 years in sales means I don't like wasting people's time - what comes around goes around!


I wasn't in sales that long but feel the same way about wasting people's time and I don't like looking at things I can't have.
PhilD

Martin wrote:
Alf McQueef wrote:
I suppose 20 years in sales means I don't like wasting people's time - what comes around goes around!


I wasn't in sales that long but feel the same way about wasting people's time and I don't like looking at things I can't have.


Wasting sales people's time by looking and trying their products. Right.
Martin

Of course it is, if you've got no intention of buying anything.   Most car salesmen would feel the same way, I bet a lot of them aren't interested in the long game.
PhilD

Martin wrote:
Of course it is, if you've got no intention of buying anything. Most car salesmen would feel the same way, I bet a lot of them aren't interested in the long game.


How do I know until I've tried them?
Martin

I think you'd have a fair idea before the visit based on your budget and current car situation!
PhilD

They invited me and who knows, I might be looking at an AMG product in a year or so, they're not all 100k. The idea that looking and trying a few products at an open evening is wasting salespeoples time is ludicrous.
Stuntman

^^^ I agree.  Even if you aren't actually going to buy it now or indeed later, you may well influence the purchase decisions of others by your recommendation of either the product and/or the salesperson.
Blarno

I certainly had no intention of buying the Astons I test drove with Franki...
franki68

That was fun,and a couple of years later I did buy an Aston albeit not from them.
they know at these events lots are not interested ,there were loads of people there who clearly weren't going to buy an s coupe at 150,000 but they didn't care ,they still took them out in it.

They were selling the brand more than a car.
I said straight away I have no interest in the s class but he still wanted to take me out in it.

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