Big engine 6.2L V8 451 horsepower, two doors, rear-wheel drive. $61,580

The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is the most potent version of the German automaker’s C-Class sedan. The car delivers a whopping 451 horsepower in standard form, putting it comfortably ahead of the BMW M3. With that amount of performance on tap, and a price to match the M3, Mercedes looks to steal at least a few sales away from its cross-country rival.

In typical AMG fashion, the C63 features large performance-oriented tires and wheels, an aggressive bodykit, a much sportier interior, and suspension and chassis improvements compared with the normal C-Class sedan.