By on May 11, 2020

Ontario Provincial Police, via Twitter

A finely tuned German road machine is always seeking to influence its driver. Prodding the individual to let down their defenses, throw caution to the wind, and open ‘er up.

Make any road your Autobahn. Feel alive, if only for once in your pathetic, stinking life, the German car whispers…

And yet, despite the supercar-fighting prowess instilled into many Mercedes-AMG products, you can’t blame the car or the manufacturer once Johnny Law catches up to you. Especially when you’re a teenager clocked going 191 mph in dad’s C63.

Yes, punishment was no doubt doled out both by dad and the law after a 19-year-old and his similarly aged passenger decided to see just what papa’s previous-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 could do. Clearly, the best time and place to probe the upper limits of the vehicle’s abilities was on the Queen Elizabeth Way in Burlington, Ontario ⁠— one of Canada’s busiest highways. And to ensure nothing bad happened, they decided to do it at night.

Apparently, radar still works after the sun goes down. The duo was clocked by an Ontario Provincial Police cruiser on Saturday going 308 km/h, or 191 mph, making them only the latest example of drivers taking advantage of light, pandemic-caused traffic loads to satisfy their need for speed.

Ontario Provincial Police, via Twitter

That C63 has since sped to the impound lot, where it will stay for 7 days. Charged with street racing, the teen driver’s license was also taken off the road for 7 days. In an odd bit of legislative boneheadery, stunt driving charges in Ontario apply to anyone caught going 50 km/h over the limit, meaning this driver’s punishment would have been the same had he been nabbed going 150 km/h (93 mph).

That said, the fine incurred can vary, and the possibility of a steep charge as well as a jail term grows as the speedometer of the car in question rises. Something tells this writer the judge will seek to make an example out of this kid.

[Images: Ontario Provincial Police, via Twitter]

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51 Comments on “Apparently, You Can’t Blame the Car...”


  • avatar
    FreedMike

    There’s a guy with a current-gen C63 coupe (in satin-finish gray, no less) that I see on my street all the time. Forty-ish guy, slicked back hair. Looks like the kind of guy who memorized Ben Affleck’s “Boiler Room” speech. No stereotype here, right? A couple of weeks ago, he pulled up next to me at a stoplight, looked at my Audi, and figured it was time for some Mercedes Uber Alles action. He lit it up and blew away from me. Great engine noise, by the way.

    Last week, I saw him pulled over by the local cops, right next to the same light he ditched me at.

    I won’t miss this pandemic. I will miss driving during it, though.

    • 0 avatar
      JimC2

      “Last week, I saw him pulled over by the local cops, right next to the same light he ditched me at.”

      That’s why, aside from my apparent bluster on the internet, I don’t try to get my thrills out of driving cars ridiculously fast. (Besides, in terms of raw numbers, airplanes go faster, which kinda takes most of the fun out of seeing an arbitrary number on a gauge- or if your go fast thing is because you’re trying to scare the crap out of yourself then there are plenty of ways to get an adrenaline fix.)

      Fun fact: the radar number in this story is actually one tic faster than *double* my high school land speed record in the family hauler. My how times have changed. Kids these days have the ability to splatter themselves with four times the kinetic energy!

      • 0 avatar
        dividebytube

        I was in my V6 Mustang when I passed a Tesla P85 going well under the 45mph speed limit. He was also barely staying in his lane so I got by as quick as I could so my car wouldn’t get hit.

        He pulled up to me at the next light and when it turned green did a hard (ludicrous?) launch next to me. As far as I could tell he was going well over a 100mph before he hit the brakes. I didn’t bother to race him knowing that I would lose, and it was now a 35mph zone and I had my son in the car with me. And it was stupid.

        But where is a cop when you want one?

    • 0 avatar
      jalop1991

      “There’s a guy with a current-gen C63 coupe (in satin-finish gray, no less) that I see on my street all the time. Forty-ish guy, slicked back hair. Looks like the kind of guy who memorized Ben Affleck’s “Boiler Room” speech.”

      You mean you haven’t?

      It’s one of the greatest film speeches of all time.

  • avatar
    jack4x

    I’m actually somewhat skeptical that a sedan with “only” 500 hp could reach that speed.

    Not that I would *ever* question an officer’s radar reading….

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      C/D tested a C63 S and it was governed to a top speed of 180, so 191 doesn’t seem all that unattainable.

      • 0 avatar
        LeMansteve

        FreedMike

        C&D tested a 2010 C63 with the Development Package. The DP raises the electronic limiter from 155mph to 174mph. Even with that, they noted the car “easily” hit the increased limit. My conclusion is, these guys were savvy enough to remove the limiter and had a nice straight section of road, possibly even a bit downhill or with a tailwind.

        “The C63’s ECU tweaks raise the top speed from a governed 155 mph to 174 mph, a speed the C63 achieves with such ease that we wondered how fast it would run without even this loosened electronic leash.”

        • 0 avatar
          stuki

          Don’t the new ones have turbos, too? If so it’s not that unfathomable that someone who pays to have any limiter removed, also pays to add a bit of boost.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            The newer ones use turbos but the one used in this case was naturally-aspirated from the factory.

          • 0 avatar
            stuki

            Thanks!

            Bloody spoiled brat… That 6.3 V8 has got to be one of the sweetest HiPo engines ever.

    • 0 avatar
      IBx1

      My M6 with 507 will kiss 200.

  • avatar
    retrocrank

    Darwin failed to act, yet again.
    The real shame is that one or more policemen put their lives at risk to haul this JD down. And then there are the moving pylons that were inevitably on the road at that time. Is waving a loaded gun with your finger on the trigger in a crowd any less dangerous to the crowd in general than if somebody actually gets shot?
    In addition to whatever jail time etc… awaits this kid (and since when isn’t it theft to go drive somebody else’s car without permission?), maybe car owner/parent could be required to pay for this kid to go to a meaningful performance driving school—preferably in an M BMW so hitting the inside wall on Turn 1 exit (which over the years I saw M series BMWs excel at doing) serves as the object lesson of what speed, suddenly decellerated, actually is (vs. video game version).

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      What, Darwin’s gonna weed out all the kids who do stupid stuff behind the wheel?

      Kind of judgmental, don’t you think? I mean, I did my share of stupid stuff that probably endangered my life when I was younger. Didn’t you?

      • 0 avatar
        JimC2

        “I did my share of stupid stuff that probably endangered my life when I was younger. Didn’t you?”

        Hear, hear! Every generation.

        The difference, @FreedMike, is that you and I remember the stuff we did. There’s probably a Socrates quote somewhere on the internet about parents trying to keep their fearless kids from doing dangerous things in the family car.

      • 0 avatar
        s_a_p

        Agreed with FreedMike. I remember going 125MPH in my dads Olds Achieva SCX on a deserted stretch of Houston road, and that car only had 180hp.

        Kids these days have access to power levels that would have been only in unattainable super cars. I will say that my fastest vehicle is a Grand Cherokee SRT, and I will not allow any of my kids to drive it without me as a passenger. Its too much power and too easy to be tempted to use it. When they get a bit older I will let them drive whatever fast car I own, but not as teenagers. Plenty of power in the shit box learner cars they have as is.

      • 0 avatar
        retrocrank

        Just my opinion, but a 19 year old doing close to 200 on “one of Canada’s busiest highways” is beyond “stupid.” “Stupid stuff” for most of us was half that speed on deserted piece of rural state highway at midnight. You might get caught by the one deputy out there (probably not though, the deputies on night shift were too busy elsewhere), no other drivers to kill, and 1/4 the inertia when you do hit something. And my guess is for most of us it was our own POS cars. And about one kid each year in my 110 kids/class high school managed to kill himself doing such stupid stuff. Obviously Darwin exhibits some selectivity in which stupidity gets removed from the gene pool.

        This is a totally different thing: the guy is old enough to know better (we let them vote after all), stole Daddy’s high powered car (and if he didn’t steal it, then Daddy needs a day in court), and opened it up on a road with other traffic, even if reduced by that COVID business. These are the kinds of self-centered jerks that ruin a good thing for everybody.

        • 0 avatar
          JimC2

          “deserted piece of rural state highway at midnight”

          This story on a few other media outlets says it happened around 10pm on Saturday night, according to OPP spokesman Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, who also called it “fastest speed that I’ve ever heard of” and “absolutely egregious.”

          There’s a lot less traffic on the QEW these days but quarantine or no, even at 10pm it’s not exactly deserted.

          Also, the OPP Highway Safety Division tweeted, “Two 19 year kids going for a “drive” with dads [sic] car.” I find the Safety Division’s omission of the apostrophe in the word “dads” [sic- the correct spelling is “dad’s”] absolutely egregious. They’re slaughtering the Queen’s English by tweeting a spelling mistake, like some commoner, in a story about the Queen Elizabeth Way. Pffff! Colonials.

        • 0 avatar
          ajla

          “and if he didn’t steal it, then Daddy needs a day in court”

          I’m not an expert on Canadian statutes, but what law did the father break?

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          You’re right, retrocrank, some kids do stuff so stupid they end up dead. That doesn’t mean that everyone who does that should end up dead in the name of “improving the gene pool.” That’s nonsense.

          • 0 avatar
            retrocrank

            Never said anything about improving the gene pool. Darwin only argued that the less competent have a greater risk of being removed from the gene pool before they can reproduce; that just is what it is, and whether or not that’s ‘improvement’ is totally subjective. Various groups – Nazis and other cultural exclusionists for example – have abused that idea by claiming equivalency of active manipulation with evolutionary pressure in the interest of “improving the gene pool”. NOT what I said.

            I’ll be devastated if my 19 year old does something foolish and gets killed in my 911. So I’m not unsympathetic. But he’s not getting anywhere near the left hand front seat until he’s demonstrated that he’s gained sufficient maturity, self-control, and car control to not take the beyond-stupid risk of 3 x legal speed on a trafficked public road; that used to be considered parental duty, in my book still is. You raise your kids the way you want, but then we’re back to my point – Daddy either facilitated this by failing to train, supervise, and restrict, or the car was stolen.
            And if the latter case the 19 year old in question was well beyond doing “stupid things.”

            I hope to God none of us are tested by our kids like this.

    • 0 avatar
      Ol Shel

      Let the kid go, with congratulations, for being born with Affluenza. His dad’s money will buy him a much lesser punishment than a less-blessed individual would face.

  • avatar
    pyrahna81

    Do AMGs not abide by the German Manufacturer ‘Gentlemens Agreement’ of not going over 155mph. Or is that a thing of the past over all?

  • avatar
    dividebytube

    When I was young and dumb, I got a rusty and untrusty 1968 Firebird up to 135mph on a back country road. If the (rare) 160mph speedo was to be believed. The shocks were so bad that the front end was bobbing all over the place. All because I didn’t want a guy driving a huge 1970-ish LTD to pass me. So we kept ramping up the speed.

    Weird part – my Pontiac had a Powerglide and a 400ci engine out of a 1974 Lemans. I’m surprised it could break 70mph!

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Meh I’ve been over 120 mph (briefly) but I haven’t driven for an appreciable stretch with my foot buried in the carpet since I was about 20 years old.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I’ll admit it: I did 130 for a few miles VERY early on a Sunday morning on the Boulder Turnpike a few weeks ago. The freeway was completely deserted. Nice little taste of Autobahn driving.

      I had literally no idea how good my car was to drive before this s**tstorm began.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        The most I ever did was 249 km/h (155 mph), which was the car’s governed limit. But that was on the actual Autobahn, in a 2019 BMW 750d xDrive (that’s a quad-turbo diesel I6, for those not in the know). And I still got passed by a McLaren P1 and a Lamborghini Aventador doing well over 320 km/h

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        My TourX reminds me of what was said by “Everyday Driver” on YouTube when they were testing the VW Arteon: “It’s not fast (meaning 0-60:1/4 mile compared to “real” performance cars) but it wants to be driven quickly.”

        At 85 (or 90 or a 100) miles an hour most German cars seem like they are just coming into their own. Like they are very very happy to piloted by you.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        I went 64 in a 55 all the way to work today

        Yeah, I’m bad

  • avatar
    donatolla

    Technically, he only had a G2 license, so he can kiss his driver’s license good bye for a minimum of 30 days. Plus, I’m pretty sure that he was also charged with Dangerous Driving. Depending on how many demerit points he accumulates, he may have to start over on his license entirely. Ultimately, he’ll probably get a decent fine and no jail time. I wouldn’t want to see his insurance rates after all of this.

  • avatar
    redapple

    #1 Dont mess the OPP. They are like Ohio State Patrol
    #2 QEW claimed Tim Horton. Think he was driving a Pantera on the way to or from my home town- Buffalo !!!!

  • avatar
    Imagefont

    Crush it, and make his dad watch. That’ll tech ‘em.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Well, I suppose that if this is the case, then any time someone’s kid drives his (or her) car irresponsibly, the car goes off to the crusher, right?

      Hope you don’t have any kids driving your car…

  • avatar
    Sigivald

    Any tuner can disable the speed limiter.

    Now, why dad had that done, if it was not a previous owner, is another question.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    My prediction is that this driver will walk away with a slap on the wrist and nothing more.

    His father will hire an expensive lawyer. Will pay the added insurance costs. And quite frankly will not care that his son broke any local laws.

    Go into the student parking area of any Ontario university and you will see a collection of exotic and supercars unlike anything seen in any previous decades. Many of them with a collection of unpaid parking tickets on their windscreen/dash that will never be paid as the car is leased to some anonymous corporation. Have watched many a student walk to their vehicle and throw the tickets contemptuously onto the ground.

    A significant number of these youth/students live on their own and have been told since birth that they are ‘superior’ to their peers.

    I had one co-op student from one of these super rich families. Despite not being fully licensed had a Mercedes with a custom paint job that he wrote off on the day that we had the first dusting of snow. Drove it into a concrete pillar alongside the entrance to our facility. 2 days later had a brand new vehicle. He pranged that about 4 weeks later. Then an M series BMW, again with a custom paint job. His insurance would probably be around $15k per year and he was driving vehicles that each cost over $100k, and all had capabilities well beyond his driving skills, all paid for by his father.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      “His father will hire an expensive lawyer.”

      A prior gen C63 isn’t necessarily a rich guy car these days. You can get them for like $20K-$40K depending on year and condition.

  • avatar
    ThomasSchiffer

    What a thrilling speed, provided it is driven on a road where this is legal (there are not many). My 2007 GL320 CDI tops out at only 220 kph and I find myself wishing for more…

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Lesson learned, hopefully.

    After my youthful indiscretions behind the wheel, the worst shame was facing my *friend’s* parents.

    Also, these shenanigans tend to taper off when it’s on your own dime. This became real for me when I had to rebuild my Pinto 2.3 a second time after racing a Gen 1 RX-7. Smoothness won over torque that day.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    I don’t know what a W204 C63 goes for these days but if they’re anything like the W203 AMG products, they’ll be readily available for like 7 grand very soon. Pretty scary thought, only tempered by the fact that each and every repair costs about $1,000. Question is how much damage can a teenager do before it breaks and he can’t afford to fix it?

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Driver in Washington state was nabbed for going 192 in a Corvette – they were 31 – and “impaired.” (didn’t specify alcohol or drugs).

    They were doing it on US Route 2 in Snohomish County which is beyond suicidal. The highway is infamous is for head-on collisions and has been an area of complaint for decades from both locals and those passing through for how dangerous the road is.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    I’m surprised there’s a road in Canada in good enough condition to go that fast, I’ve bottomed out my car on the newest freeway around here at less than half that speed.

  • avatar
    karlbonde

    I recently purchased a used 2008 W204 C63, which is the same generation of car. I don’t have a performance package from the factory, so I believe my USA car is limited to the 155MPH. I would never try and test that on public roads.
    That 6.2 V8 (called a 6.3 liter) is a wonderful engine, and the seven-speed auto is a lot better than I ever expected. That said, living in the Pacific NW, I wish the car came with a limited slip differential.

  • avatar
    Erikstrawn

    Why do we insist in saying nineteen-year-olds are kids? Stop treating them that way or they’ll never grow up. He’s a grown man and needs to face grown man consequences. 190 mph on a public highway? If his license is being revoked for a week, he probably ought to also spend that time behind bars, then start over from scratch on his driver’s license.

    • 0 avatar
      JimC2

      There is a couple of things going on.

      One is that it’s a turn of a phrase.

      The other, yeah, it’s the helicopter parents to blame (Gen X no less, can’t blame this one on the millennials), the ones who harangue college professors because junior failed a class fair and square by not putting in the work.

      It’s been going on for many more generations than that though, don’t kid yourself. (Ah, no pun intended… “kid yourself…”)

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Wow;

    Glad no one was hurt / killed .

    Me, I enjoy driving quickly, not actually fast .

    I’ve done 135 H and it scared me because I’ve been working in the junk vehicle industry for 50 + years now so I know what can happen and how easily .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    kkop

    This should be easy for the kid to get out of. ‘308 kph’? ‘kph’ is a non-existent unit, should’ve read ‘km/h’. Canadians!

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