C 63 AMG Black Series vs M3 GTS in Third Fifth Gear Shootout

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The Black Series version of the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupe and the GTS variant of the BMW M3 are different breeds of animals and yet, they are very much alike and, therefore, highly comparable.
Each is a coupe with a normally-aspirated and almost racing-like V8 up front, rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed gearbox that ditches the clutch pedal.

That is where the similarities end, though, because the mentalities at AMG have always been a bit different than the ones at Motorsport Technik.

AMG has always been about Earth-stopping-from-its-rotation torque, thunderous noise from the exhausts and lots of sideways action when the going gets tough, while the Bavarians from M-Technik have been about stratospheric high revs, surgical steering and a better overall track focus.

We're not here to judge which one is better, mainly because there can't be a clear winner, but also because the topic of this material is a comparison in different areas between the two aforementioned special editions.

With Jason Plato and ex-F1 driver Mika Salo at the wheel of each model, Fifth Gear decide to have an all-out shootout between the now-no-longer in production M3 GTS E92 and the still kicking C 63 AMG Black Series over the course of multiple scenarios.

The first two episodes saw the AMG come as a clear winner in terms of both drag racing and drifting capabilities, but the time has come to decide which car would be faster around a track and by how much. Relax, we're not giving any spoilers away.

This is the Drifting Battle:

And the Drag Race:

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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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