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Merc paints it Black with new C63

2011-07-07 08:42

SNEAK PEAK: Featuring a stylish CLS-type nose, housing (probably) the last incarnation of AMG’s 6.2-litre V8, C63 Coupe Black Series is sure to become a collector’s item.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Model C63 AMG
Engine 6.2-litre V8
Power 380kW
Torque 640Nm
Of the three German premium auto brands, Mercedes-Benz unquestionably has the most pronounced hooligan streak.

Despite the company’s esteemed standing as the original German luxury car brand, it boasts a more diverse (and numerically superior) performance car product portfolio than either Audi or BMW.

Mercedes-Benz’s AMG subsidiary, located in Affalterbach, has no qualms about slotting its range of high-output V8 engines into practically anything with a three-pointed star on its grille. Among the AMG-line of Mercedes-Benz cars, though, there is a badge of distinction – the Black Series.


Black Series AMGs are a rarity. AMG’s engineers have never built a four-door (C-, E- or S-Class) or SUV (ML- or G-Class) Black Series, reserving the ultimate in Affalterbach product engineering for the more traditional two-door performance car configuration. 

It’s quite an occasion, then, when images and details of a new AMG Black Series are (accidently) revealed. The latest nameplate to gain Black Series accreditation is the new C-Class coupe from AMG, rendering, all intents and purposes, a spiritual successor to the CLK Black Series.

The C63 AMG Black Series, shown in red at an exclusive debut event held at Circuit Paul Ricard (in southern France), is the first Black Series AMG to feature proper seating for four occupants.

In terms of styling the Black Series nomenclature adds to C63 coupe’s stock AMG design embellishments (a more defined front splitter, side air intakes, power dome etched bonnet, five-spoke AMG alloys and rear diffuser) with dual vents etched into the bonnet surfacing and an optional oversized rear spoiler.

Inside the driver and front passenger are hosted by one-piece carbon-fibre framed seats, which means a rather set usage pattern in terms of who does the driving and sits up front admiring the view – as adjusting these bucket seats (manually) are not the work of a moment.


Mechanically the Black Series car features a wider track, rear limited slip differential, (rumoured) coil-over adjustable suspension at each wheel corner and comes in 20kg lighter than the standard C63 AMG two-door. Factor in a tuned version of the legendary naturally aspirated 6.2-litre M156 V8 engine (good for 380kW and 640Nm) and this is the most powerful naturally aspirated C-Class based car AMG has ever built.

C63 Coupe Black Series is sure to proudly continue the hooligan heritage established by such illustrious forebears such as the SL and CLK monikered Black Series cars. No doubt enthusiast will be disappointed that despite its Black Series billing, the C63 makes do with AMG’s seven-speed MCT transmission (featuring launch-control) instead of a dual-clutch unit like the SLS's seven-speed DCT.

The C63 Coupe Black Series will, in all likelihood, be last naturally aspirated AMG ever built - enhancing the nameplate's collector's appeal.

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