Australians love Mercedes-AMG. Per capita we buy more of the three-pointed star's pumped-up hot rods than any other country on Earth.

SUVs, sedans, hatches, wagons, coupes and convertibles - the line-up continues to grow, and we just can't get enough of 'em.

But this car, the twin-turbo, V8-powered C 63, is the backbone of AMG's climb to prominence. And Mercedes-Benz invited us to its own backyard in Northern Germany to be among the first to sample a new-and-improved version of its heavy-hitting, compact muscle car. In Australia's case the higher performance S version only.