The new Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupé Black Series is claimed to be the most powerful C-Class of all time, boasting a maximum output of 517hp and a maximum torque of 460 lb-ft.
The AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine is the star of the show as always, accelerating from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds, while the car itself continues the Black Series strategy, which began back in 2006. “AMG has its roots in international motorsport. The new C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is the best proof there is for the permanent transfer of technology from the race track to the road. The numerous successes in DTM, the customer sports range featuring the SLS AMG GT3 and our commitment to Formula 1 continuously spur on our engineers and technicians. The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series embodies the new AMG brand claim, Driving Performance, like no other AMG model,” commented Ola Källenius from Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The arrow-shaped front section with the central Mercedes star in the radiator grille has air intakes in the front apron as well as two openings in the aluminum hood to expel engine heat. The black front splitter also helps with aerodynamic balance at high speed.
The car has a wider track, calling for new fenders, which have been widened about 1” on each side. Air outlets appear in the cut-outs behind the wheels and the restyled AMG side skirts continue the idea of the front splitter. The rear fenders were widened almost 1.5” again due to the wider track to accommodate 285/30 R19 tires on 19x9.5” AMG light-alloy wheels. Up front are 255/35 R19 tiers on 19x9” wheels.
Painted titanium grey, the wheels are produced using light forging technology as seen on the SLS AMG. These forged wheels weigh 24 lb less than comparable, conventional wheels. The lower weight results in reduced unsprung masses, which improves both the suspension’s response and the steering precision.
The tail end of the Black Series coupé has a new rear apron with a black diffuser insert. Just like on the SLS AMG GT3, it protrudes beyond the profile of the rear apron. From it emerges the AMG sports exhaust system with chromed twin tailpipes.
The spoiler lip on the trunk lid is painted in the vehicle color and reduces lift at the rear axle, resulting in more stability at high speeds. The AMG logo with its discreet “Black Series” lettering is also found here.
With its displacement of 6.3 liters, the high-torque M156 naturally aspirated engine was specially refined for the new two-door model, using forged pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft courtesy of the SLS AMG. These measures are accompanied by a new ECU to account for the engine’s greater performance.
The optimized engine oil cooling system ensures more performance even when the vehicle is put through its paces in harsh race-track conditions. With the aid of components from the SLS AMG, the new cooler has 50% more surface area than before.
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission takes care of gear changes. Four transmission modes, the double-declutching function and RACE START promise a high degree of optiosn for the driver. In the “Sport plus” and “Manual” transmission modes, the gear changes take a mere 100 milliseconds.
The new coilover suspension is the norm in motorsport and a hallmark of Black Series models. It offers numerous options, allowing the driver to create their own personal set-up. The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering has a re-tuned map for the power assistance to ensures optimum precision.
The rear axle diff lock is responsible for traction on race-track applications. The 3-stage ESP means the driver can choose from the “ESP ON”, “Sport Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF” stages.
In view of the increased driving dynamics, the anti-lock braking system been completely retuned; with a larger braking system developed using compound technology discs proven in motorsport on the front axle (15.3”) and integral discs on the rear (14”). Red-painted six-piston calipers on the front, and four-piston calipers on the rear decelerate the drilled discs that are ventilated all round.
The high-tech components and the spectacular exterior both find their logical continuation inside C63 AMG Coupé Black Series, which is black with red highlights. Two AMG bucket seats provide the best levels of lateral support, upholstered in black DINAMICA microfiber on the center panels and doors. The omission of the rear seat underlines the vehicle’s sporty character and reduces its weight. As an option, the C63 is also available as a four-seater with single seats in the rear.
The AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather and DINAMICA has flattened top and bottom sections plus aluminum shift paddles for manual gear changes.
Red seatbelts and red contrasting top stitching appears on the steering wheel, seats, door center panels, armrests on the doors, center console and on the shift lever boot.
An exclusive “Black Series” logo adorns the trim on the dashboard, which sports a high-gloss black piano-lacquer look. The dashboard with three round dials has a three-dimensional TFT colour display. On opening the vehicle door the driver is greeted by AMG lettering. Possible displays for the engine oil temperature, the ESP mode or the gear selection are integrated into the AMG main menu. The rotary switch for the C, S, S+ and M transmission modes and RACE START is located on the centre console next to the selector lever with a DINAMICA microfiber cover.
AMG has two special packages to enhance driving dynamics even further: the AMG Track Package comprises 255/35 R19 front and 285/30 R19 rear sports tires from Dunlop. They have been exclusively developed for the Coupé and tangibly increase grip. Active rear-axle transmission cooling improves performance in punishing race-track conditions. The radiator is located in the rear apron and the airflow passes through it effectively.
What are known as flics are part of the AMG Aerodynamics package. They are made of genuine carbon fiber and located on the front apron. Also included in the package are a functionally tuned front splitter made of carbon fiber and a fixed carbon rear aerofoil with an adjustable blade. Both components not only increase the lift at the front and rear axle; they also optimize the vehicle’s aerodynamic balance.
Other optional extras include:
▪ AMG Exterior Carbon-Fiber package (cross strut in front apron, exterior mirror housing, inserts on the side sill panel, diffuser insert and spoiler lip)
▪ forged AMG light-alloy wheels, painted in matt black with a high-sheen finish on the rim flange, with 255/35 R19 and 285/30 R19 tires
▪ AMG carbon-fiber trim
▪ Fire extinguisher
▪ Intelligent Light System ILS
▪ Tinted side/rear windows
Whilst its driving dynamics are suited to the race track, the new C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series offers suitability for everyday use, durability, safety and quality.
The most powerful C-Class of all time is the fourth Black Series model to be launched since 2006. The first one was the SLK 55 AMG Black Series. The AMG 5.5-liter V8 engine in the two-seater enticed customers with its maximum output of 400hp, and between July 2006 and April 2007 120 units were produced.
The CLK 63 AMG Black Series followed directly in its footsteps. The two-seater coupé was powered by an AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine with 507hp. Between April 2007 and March 2008 700 vehicles were made.
The highlight up until now was the SL65 AMG Black Series, which was unveiled in July 2008: the high-performance coupé still captivates drivers today with its spectacular appearance, unique performance data, systematic lightweight construction and exclusivity. The AMG 6.0 liter V12 biturbo engine had a maximum output of 670hp, making the SL 65 AMG Black Series the most powerful AMG vehicle ever to enter series production. In total there were 350 units built from September 2008 to August 2009.
The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series celebrated its world premiere during the German Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, (23-24 July 2011). Deliveries will start early in 2012.