The station wagon has evolved as a means of conveniently carrying goods and comfortably transporting people. So a twin-turbocharged 640 PS (631 hp) one seems like the right choice.
10 years ago, many predicted that the horsepower war will eventually spawn monstrous minivans, estates and whatnot, and they were completely…right. Well, there still aren’t that many powerful minivans out there (if you don’t take into account Brabus’ offerings and the tuning scene), but the estate body type has steadily risen to power, overshadowing some of its sedan counterparts in the process. Audi’s current-gen RS6 springs into mind, which comes with a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8, 578 PS (570 hp) and no sedan variant.
Of course, with a little engine tinkering, the beast can stretch its legs even more, and that goes for almost every type of car and car manufacturer; like this Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S, for instance.
Clearly, its 510 PS (503 hp) figure boasted by the twin-turbocharged, 4.0-litre, stock V8 engine weren’t enough, especially in an estate body, and that’s why Wimmer Rennsporttechnik decided to give it a little extra oomph to help it cope in the modern world. I’m kidding, the German tuner actually squeezed another 130 PS (129 hp) from the engine, only through software optimization and a sports exhaust and cat system.
Moreover, the tuner says that the engine’s “secret reserves” can be accessed through the software, without subjecting the unit to additional and unnecessary strains.
This Mercedes would have been the perfect sleeper, but the stock AMG body-kit and the 19-inch wheels, which exposes the massive AMG brakes and brakes rotors, kind of spoil the surprise. It isn’t the most subtle thing in the world, to be frank, even though its color tempers the visual aggressiveness.