The 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S Coupé speaks fluent Spanish. Just ask any one of the couple dozen niños and niñas waiting for their school bus in southern Spain last week.
A rowdy exhaust note was leading my charge through the olive orchards that dot the mountains north of Gibraltar, and the locals were taking notice. The Benz’s quad tips roared, barked, popped and crackled as I powered through each corner, causing farmers, construction crews and bicyclists to pause and gawk at the matte silver coupe as it zoomed by. Then I rounded a corner to find the cluster of youngsters at their bus stop. Under assault from the sight and sound of my snorting mount bearing down on them — a vehicle of this caliber is rare in this part of the country — the kids froze in wonder. I slowed to a crawl, cautiously passed them, and then mashed the accelerator to the floor. Both rear tires, subjected to the twin-turbo V-8’s full 516 lb.-ft. of torque, squealed free of the pavement’s grip as the exhaust pipes screamed adios! The children punched the air with tiny fists and cheered with glee, each one clearly understanding the C63 S Coupé’s powerful message.