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2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series - First Drive

It’s the best Benz on the market and has $43750 in options

Alex Bernstein
Jul 31, 2013

One glance at this car and you instantly see its DTM roots. From the muscular front fenders, generous adornment of carbon fiber and big trunk-mounted wing, you know the 'B' in Black Series stands for Business.

There aren't many cars that can pull off this look, especially when it's a six-figure piggy-bank destroyer - but it walks the walk.

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The C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is the best Mercedes currently available, hands down. Unfortunately, only 800 were produced and each is already spoken for. So if you're drooling for one, you can scour the online classifieds for a car you seriously need to own.

Despite the trend of special models and cosmetic-only alterations, the C63 is upgraded in every area. It has every intention of matching its looks with brutal power, face-deforming grip, organ-failing brakes and a satanic spit from the quad-tipped exhaust. The C63 Black is Germany's true musclecar.

Over its weaker C63 AMG sibling, the Black gets a 59hp bump (now 510) and 14 lb-ft (now 457). These numbers are enough to rocket the unattainable Coupe to 60mph in 3.7sec. With some wider rear rubber it'd be even quicker, but batshit wheelspin and rev-limiter banging are a necessary part of the experience.

It's as if the gas pedal is connected directly to your adrenal glands: the noise, the power; it's a tantalizing battle between sanity and fun, only to reward you with endless ability. While you could probably show up to a Formula Drift event and be competitive in the Black Series, we should mention it can grip like Velcro on a wool sweater if you behave. This impressive traction is attributed to many things, but as whole, the Black Series was simply made to perform well in every area except fuel economy.

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Find another luxury sports coupe that comes with adjustable coilover suspension, I dare you. You can laugh at your friend who modified his M3 with aftermarket parts because your Black Series came with everything he yearns for. There's no modification wish list here; the car is all you need. It's a pitbull, from fenders to tires.

The front track is about 1.6" wider, hiding 255/35 R19 tires under 1.1" wider fenders, while the rear has a 3" wider track and 1.6" wide fenders hugging 285/30 R19 tires. Oh, and the brakes... they're unbelievable. Actually, they're so good; they feel better than the new SLS GT.

There's no fade, not even a hint of it. And the pedal feel is somewhere between ideal and perfect, with pretty red six-piston front, four-piston rear calipers clamping massive 15.3" and 14.1" rotors respectively.

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You'll appreciate the brakes on-track, or an open stretch of "closed road" where you can attempt the 186mph top speed (electronically limited, of course) because the C63 Black Series feels ferocious enough to catapult you into the 200s. Granted, 510hp isn't all that much these days, but this car uses every inch of every hoof on all 510 horses.

Are you concerned this German beauty is too intense for road use and strictly geared for the track? Don't be; it's still a Benz. The seats are 14-way power adjustable, there are cupholders and rain-sensing wipers, an integrated garage door opener and cruise control. It's a well-equipped road car with weekend warrior intentions.

When somebody asks if there's just one car you could own, the answer is now pretty clear. Sell an organ, tell your wife she needs an old Civic, the kitchen extension is overrated, and credit card debt is awesome. The C63 AMG Coupe Black Series has a long name, but it deserves every letter. It's one of the finest do-it-all vehicles you can barely own.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe

Layout front-engine, RWD

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Engine 6.2-liter V8, DOHC 32v

Drivetrain seven-speed AMG Speedshift DCT dual-clutch transaxle

Brakes 15.4" rotors, six-piston calipers f, 14.2", four-piston r

Suspension four-wheel independent double wishbone with forged aluminum arms and hub carriers

Wheels & Tires 19x9.5", 255/35 R19 f, 20x11", 285/30 R19 r

MSRP $129725


Power 510hp at 6800rpm

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Torque 457 lb-ft at 5200rpm

0-60mph 3.7sec

Top Speed 186mph

Weight 4044 lb

Economy 13/19mpg

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