Aw, look at the cute little Baby Benz. Quickly, before you can't see it through the thick billows of tire smoke. Lurking under the hood of the C63 AMG compact car - that's how the EPA classifies it - lies a monstrous 6.3-liter V8 churning out up to 481 horsepower. But unlike its rawer rival, the BMW M3, the C63 goes about its day with the genteel manners of a nice little luxury car.
Starting price: About $58,000
Engine: 6.2-liter V8
Output: 451 horsepower, 443 pound-feet of torque
Top speed: 155 mph
0-60 mph: 4.4 seconds
Cargo capacity (rear seat down/up): 37.1/12.4 cubic feet