How does it drive?
Launching this thing is about as terrifying as it sounds on paper. This thing is fast. Like, very fast. It just keeps pulling, and pulling, and pulling.
It does pump in fake sound (which you can turn off) in sports mode, but I like it - it’s tasteful. It also means that it can do some crackles and pops. It’s subtle but really engaging (even if it is partially fake).
We drove this thing hard around Saucy Corner (which you can watch in our YouTube review), and this thing handles incredibly well. The limited slip differential sends power to the wheel with most grip, and turns on a dime. No ‘crab-walking’ issues like the outgoing Mercedes-Benz C43, I’m happy to report! You’re told it’s AWD, but this thing feel rear-wheel drive. The biased system really allows slipping in the rear which is very controllable, and engaging. It never feels out of control; the car has been tuned almost perfectly.
Put the car into comfort mode, and the adaptive dampers become softer - but it's still a pretty firm ride. It’s not terrible, but just know you are not buying a perfect land-yacht. Speaking of though, it does have all the latest safety tech and really drives itself on the highway using lane centering and adaptive cruise control.
It definitely passed the girlfriend test though - she loves being the passenger, but more so the driver. It was really hard to pry this one back for review.
The craziest part to me though is just how fuel efficient this thing is. I averaged 10.1L/100km over the week loan, which is mind blowing if you only knew how hard I drove this thing. It has to be the worlds most efficient 6 cylinder before adding electric motors.