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      10-22-2009, 09:20 AM   #23
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My issues with the C63 weren't with the power or the brakes, so I'm not sure that this new package makes the C63 significantly more desirable in my book.
If you don't mind me asking, what were the aspects that weren't satisfactory in your opinion?

No manual tranny was one of the main deal breakers for me.
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If you don't mind me asking, what were the aspects that weren't satisfactory in your opinion?
Well, let me preface this by saying that if I wanted a sedan, it would have been a tough decision between the M3 and C63. The biggest thing I didn't like about the C63 is the lack of a MT, and I wasn't impressed by the automatic either. The interior is very comfortable all around (even moreso than the M3), but I wasn't a fan of how it looks or the functionality of some of the technology. At that time (I'm not sure if this is still the case), if I wanted the LSD, I would have had to get the Performance Package, which was much too stiff and unforgiving on Houston streets. Even with the PP, it didn't have the confidence-inspiring handling of the M3. It's certainly no slouch, but it felt "nervous" at times and over-reacted to throttle input in certain situations.
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If you don't mind me asking, what were the aspects that weren't satisfactory in your opinion?

No manual tranny was one of the main deal breakers for me.
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i was looking for a coupe with a manual tranny so that ruled out the c63 right away. left me with either the m3 or the s5... so between those two, its the m3 - no contest. now if the rs5 were on the market when i was shopping around, i may not be driving an m3 right now.
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Mercedes with it's 'Performance Package Plus' and BMW testing their M3 GT4 'Street', do you get the feeling that they are preparing to put up a fight with the eagerly anticipated RS5.
Not really footie, particularly for Mercedes as the C63 is a sedan while the RS5 is a coupe (and convertible). If Mercedes had a desire to compete for the same buyer as the RS5, they'd have developed a E63 AMG coupe (and convertible). But all current evidence suggests that there is no plans for such a car, even though the last two generations of CLK coupe (which the E coupe is the successor to, in everything but name) had AMG versions. Similarly prevailing rumors suggest that there is no RS4 sedan coming, so there will be no overlap in buyers there either.

IMHO, Mercedes introduced this package because it cost them little to nothing in R&D to do so. As pointed out by others above, they already have versions of this engine making plenty more than 487hp. So this engine is still crippled compared to their state of the art.

As for the BMW, we have no idea what it means yet. But certainly the precedent is there for a CSL both in the E36 and E46 generation so a more hardcore version of the E92 was not out of the realm of possibility. Even though BMW said they weren't doing it, we know that OEMs sometimes say one thing and then do the opposite.
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      10-23-2009, 04:55 AM   #28
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Not really footie, particularly for Mercedes as the C63 is a sedan while the RS5 is a coupe (and convertible). If Mercedes had a desire to compete for the same buyer as the RS5, they'd have developed a E63 AMG coupe (and convertible). But all current evidence suggests that there is no plans for such a car, even though the last two generations of CLK coupe (which the E coupe is the successor to, in everything but name) had AMG versions. Similarly prevailing rumors suggest that there is no RS4 sedan coming, so there will be no overlap in buyers there either.

IMHO, Mercedes introduced this package because it cost them little to nothing in R&D to do so. As pointed out by others above, they already have versions of this engine making plenty more than 487hp. So this engine is still crippled compared to their state of the art.

As for the BMW, we have no idea what it means yet. But certainly the precedent is there for a CSL both in the E36 and E46 generation so a more hardcore version of the E92 was not out of the realm of possibility. Even though BMW said they weren't doing it, we know that OEMs sometimes say one thing and then do the opposite.
There will be a RS5 Sportback though which is a 4 dr saloon come hatchback/coupe but with only 4 seats instead of 5 and the rumour is that the RS4 Avant is still got the green light. Both will be competing with the C63 though chances are they won't be coming Stateside anyway.

If the shoe was on the other foot and it was BMW where about to release the new M3 when both of the other brands started to show improvements on both their models would we all not agree that the intro the M3 had somehow spurred them into action.

I'm not trying to play up the intro of the RS5 or trying to say it's something almighty but it probably is the reason for the performance pack on the C63 being release now of all times and the GT4 'Street' hammering around the ring. Competition is healthy and leads to better products allround.
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There will be a RS5 Sportback though which is a 4 dr saloon come hatchback/coupe but with only 4 seats instead of 5
Not according to Fourtitude, who has a pretty good track record:

http://forums.fourtitude.com/zerothread?id=4598145

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and the rumour is that the RS4 Avant is still got the green light. Both will be competing with the C63 though chances are they won't be coming Stateside anyway.
Sure there is the RS4 wagon, but you were only talking about the RS5 in your post. I brought up the RS4 as a footnote in my reply. The timing of the RS4 isn't even known from what I have seen, all spyshots out there that I've seen are RS5.

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If the shoe was on the other foot and it was BMW where about to release the new M3 when both of the other brands started to show improvements on both their models would we all not agree that the intro the M3 had somehow spurred them into action.
I wouldn't conclude that at all, especially when we are talking about cars of two completely differing form factors. Instead, when BMW is about to release a new M3, I just assume that it is due to their normal production plans, and its specifications were decided long ago based on any inside information they may have had about the competition at that time.

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I'm not trying to play up the intro of the RS5 or trying to say it's something almighty
Ok. Well I didn't necessarily suspect that you were, but thank you for clarifying.

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but it probably is the reason for the performance pack on the C63 being release now of all times and the GT4 'Street' hammering around the ring.
I still don't see any hard evidence of that whatsoever. So we'll just have to disagree on this.
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      10-23-2009, 05:33 AM   #30
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Ah nice, a thread about the souped up C63, great car !

Oh it's more about the Audi RS5 I see....
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Not according to Fourtitude, who has a pretty good track record:

http://forums.fourtitude.com/zerothread?id=4598145.
Fourtitude are usually a very good source for future Audis. We will have to see if they are correct on that one.

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Sure there is the RS4 wagon, but you were only talking about the RS5 in your post. I brought up the RS4 as a footnote in my reply. The timing of the RS4 isn't even known from what I have seen, all spyshots out there that I've seen are RS5.
I agree that I used the RS5 and still stand by it. Whether the RS4 comes out soon will depend on whether the above comments are correct.

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I wouldn't conclude that at all, especially when we are talking about cars of two completely differing form factors. Instead, when BMW is about to release a new M3, I just assume that it is due to their normal production plans, and its specifications were decided long ago based on any inside information they may have had about the competition at that time.
Maybe I didn't make myself clear. Example next M3 due in 2012~13 (personally I think 2012) comes with it's 6 cylinder turbo 450~470hp unit and 1560~1600kgs, probably lightening performance and incredible handling that will be way better than the competition. Is it not logical to come to the conclusion I have if both Audi and Merc developed improvements for their most direct competitor of the M3 just prior to it's release that they were spurred on into action with the fear of losing sales due to what they believe the next the M3 would be like. After all Mercedes already have a Performance Pack for the C63, it includes all of the above minus the power hike, only this one probable takes the handling and involvement even further........why? Likewise the GT4 'Street', the current M3 is already the daddy among the group why even consider an improved version of already it's best selling M3 model ever?

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Ok. Well I didn't necessarily suspect that you were, but thank you for clarifying.
Good, then finally I can discuss things without fear of what people may think.

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I still don't see any hard evidence of that whatsoever. So we'll just have to disagree on this.
That perfectly acceptable and I respect your opinion, I was only offering my opinion on this and I know not everyone will agree with it.
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they need an exterior plus package since it looks like crap
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Maybe I didn't make myself clear. Example next M3 due in 2012~13 (personally I think 2012) comes with it's 6 cylinder turbo 450~470hp unit and 1560~1600kgs, probably lightening performance and incredible handling that will be way better than the competition.
But that's the normal product cycle. In your own words:

"It's not like BMW nor Mercedes to offer improvement beyond what they already have up to now."

You were specifically talking about uncharacteristic changes to the car after initial release, not a brand new car like the F3x M3 you mention above will be.

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Good, then finally I can discuss things without fear of what people may think.
Well, I wouldn't necessarily go that far. For example, someone could still point out how peculiar it might seem to them that you should choose to bring up Audi in this thread. After all, the discussion was about the C63, and this is an M3 forum. One could easily wonder - if you had no particular bias toward Audi, suppose - why your original post didn't go something more like this:

"With it's 'Performance Package Plus' do you get the feeling that Mercedes is preparing to put up a fight with the M3 GT4 'Street' BMW is testing.

It's not like Mercedes to offer improvement beyond what they already have up to now. I wonder do they know something about the potential of the M3 GT4 'Street' that we all don't? ?

Great news that these models are being spiced up even further for the enthusiast. "


Such a post would quite possibly be the one more likely to come to the mind of the average person on this forum, one could speculate (if one were so inclined).

Ah but I digress now. I wouldn't worry about such things. You oughtn't have any cause to if you believe that you are communications are in keeping with the spirit of the forum.

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That perfectly acceptable and I respect your opinion, I was only offering my opinion on this and I know not everyone will agree with it.
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Well, let me preface this by saying that if I wanted a sedan, it would have been a tough decision between the M3 and C63. The biggest thing I didn't like about the C63 is the lack of a MT, and I wasn't impressed by the automatic either. The interior is very comfortable all around (even moreso than the M3), but I wasn't a fan of how it looks or the functionality of some of the technology. At that time (I'm not sure if this is still the case), if I wanted the LSD, I would have had to get the Performance Package, which was much too stiff and unforgiving on Houston streets. Even with the PP, it didn't have the confidence-inspiring handling of the M3. It's certainly no slouch, but it felt "nervous" at times and over-reacted to throttle input in certain situations.
Oh, I see.

I test drove it about 2 times, but I guess I didn't drive it hard enough to really understand some of its weaknesses.

I have to admit that I felt jealous when I found out that the C63 was just a reflash away from creeping over 500 hp!

Thanks for your response Tom.

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i was looking for a coupe with a manual tranny so that ruled out the c63 right away. left me with either the m3 or the s5... so between those two, its the m3 - no contest. now if the rs5 were on the market when i was shopping around, i may not be driving an m3 right now.
I can relate, except for the fact that I admire the look of some of these sedans.
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Another quality post in the "M3 Vs" section.
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I think the C63 looks great! Sure is an eye-catcher seeing one on the street. If I were to consider a four-door, it would be a difficult choice for me between the M3 sedan and the C63.

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Another quality post in the "M3 Vs" section.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions most of all in regards to aesthetics. He did not say the car IS crap.

+1 for all of those who noticed the continual Pro-Audi stuff from foot, so predictable...
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+1 for all of those who noticed the continual Pro-Audi stuff from foot, so predictable...
For all those who noticed? How can you not notice?
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For all those who noticed? How can you not notice?
Indeed.

Good job Merc. I love my E92 M3 but this is how you do a proper LCI/Edition version
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Everyone is entitled to their own opinions most of all in regards to aesthetics. He did not say the car IS crap.

+1 for all of those who noticed the continual Pro-Audi stuff from foot, so predictable...
I COMPLETELY agree with your first statement. However to say since he said it looks like "crap" but never said "is crap" would be playing defense attorney. Those comments are what makes threads like this one and the several that came before it eventually turn nasty and get closed.
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this looks very interesting. its pretty expensive though but hopefully its worth the price.
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this looks very interesting. its pretty expensive though but hopefully its worth the price.
It is expensive but it's not a simple chip tune, the internals also get a work over which might explain some of the expense.
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I COMPLETELY agree with your first statement. However to say since he said it looks like "crap" but never said "is crap" would be playing defense attorney. Those comments are what makes threads like this one and the several that came before it eventually turn nasty and get closed.
The C63 could never be described as crap, not in looks nor the car itself. Mental, bonkers and loopy might spring to mind but definitely not crap.

It still amazes me that Mercedes classes fitting something over six litres in a car the size of a mondeo as normal and thank heavens for them. I can only imagine when they finally drop the auto for a proper DCT it will be a truly exceptional machine.
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I almost bought a C63 a year ago, just like the saying 'there is no substitute for cubic inches', but there is, and it's called //M and revs.
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