Mercedes-AMG customers get exclusive access to invite only track events as part of the Festival of AMG.
I was lucky enough to be invited to tag along on an AMG Performance drive day at Phillip Island and get behind the wheel of a lot of the AMG range.
I was desperate to get this coordinated and get a decent slide going in the C63 S – drifting around the corner – the instructors made it look so easy.
The first one was a fizzer, but after a couple of runs it started to work a bit better.
I’ve been to the drags a lot – but never actually raced myself.
Two lines of cars were waiting – CLS63 S AMG, SL63 and A45 – I managed an 8.509 in the SL63. I was pretty happy with that.
Moving on to the slalom staying in the A 45 and also getting a chance to get behind the wheel of a CLA 45 – both are all-wheel-drive but I did find it hard to keep steering, braking and throttle inputs smooth. A bit more practice might be needed!
Phillip Island is around 140km from Melbourne, and it’s home to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, officially opened almost 60 years ago in 1956.
Superbike World Championship, Australian motorcycle grand prix, v8 supercars and Australian Drivers Championship you’ll catch them all here throughout the year.
Phillip Island is a challenging proposition. The track is narrow with blind crests and tight turns and of course, absolutely fantastic to drive.
Unfortunately we only got to look at the new Mercedes AMG GT-S – but today I got to drive more than 1.2 million dollars worth of metal – yikes!
My favourite car of the day was the SL63. It may be big but it’s comfortable and the magic body control makes it feel so smooth despite the speed at which you’re travelling in it.
The cars were speed limited at 240km/hr and I managed to hit that.
All-in-all it was a great experience and I can’t wait to drive Phillip Island again.