In a video that has attracted more than 13 million views, a Russian YouTube star staged what appears to be a dramatic protest against Mercedes by torching his $360,000 car.
In Australia, the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S four-door coupe starts from $358,735 plus on-road costs.
But when you’re a blogger with some 5 million followers, we guess you can afford to stamp your feet in protest by burning one to the ground.
As dramatic as that sounds, its exactly what Russian YouTuber ‘ЛИТВИН’—Mikhail Litvin—did and posted to the platform.
Litvin reportedly staged the protest after his car suffered from a number of problems, which he claims his local Mercedes dealer refused to fix.
His response was to take his near $400,000 Mercedes-AMG into the middle of a paddock, douse it in petrol and set it alight, while snacking on a barbecued sausage.
Litvin is then seen driving away from the blaze in a Soviet-era ZAZ 968.
Unsurprisingly, a number of viewers were shocked by the YouTuber’s bizarre stunt:
“American bloggers smash iPhones – Russian bloggers burn Mercedes,” one user commented.
“Goosebumps are on my skin! Rest in peace, Shark…,” another wrote.
While yet another quipped: “I fry a kebab, Misha fries a Mercedes…”
The video, which you can view below, is highly stylised and more than likely a publicity stunt to garner the YouTuber extra followers. It has been viewed more than 13 million times.