Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupé revealed

The hardcore Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupé gets an official unveiling at the German GP. Full details here

By Tim Kendall | 25th July 2011

2012 C63 AMG Black Series – official details

Mercedes has now fully revealed its menacing C63 AMG Black Series Coupé. The official unveil was timed to coincide with the German Grand Prix this weekend, and although leaked pictures have already been circulating on the internet, technical details are only now confirmed.

  • C63 Black Series to get 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 with 510bhp;
  • Fully adjustable coil-over suspension, wider front and rear tracks and standard LSD;
  • Optional rear seats for the first time on a Black Series.

Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series

C63 Black Series engine borrows SLS components

The Black Series shares the 6.2-litre V8 of the vanilla C63, but gains forged pistons, conrods and a lightweight crankshaft, as used in the SLS. In partnership with a new ECU, these changes mean the Black Series pumps out around 510bhp, trumping the performance pack-equipped C63 AMG Coupé by 32bhp. Preliminary estimates put the 0-62mph dash at 4.2 seconds, although it is not unknown for AMG to be conservative with performance stats, so it could go quicker – particularly with the optional sticky rubber of the AMG ‘Track Package’.

As with the standard C63, power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed AMG Speedshift gearbox – which uses a wet-clutch, in place of the lazier torque-converter auto seen in the old CLK63 Black Series. In this application, there are four gearbox settings, with the most brutal map bringing shift times down to 100 milliseconds. A ‘race start’ mode is also available for maximum attack launches.

Traditional Black Series styling cues

This is one brawny looking ‘Benz. Eschewing the slightly apologetic, understated appearance of the C63 AMG Coupé, Mercedes has gone for the pseudo race-car look with the latest Black Series, as Ola Källenius, AMG CEO explains;

“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 roads. The numerous successes in the DTM, the customer sports range featuring the SLS AMG GT3 and our commitment to Formula 1, where we have been providing the Official F1Ô Safety Car and the Official F1 Ô Medical Car for the past 15 years, 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”

The short, squat stance of the Black is emphasised by blistered wheel arches, which widen the bodywork by 56mm at the front and 84mm at the rear. Meanwhile, a plethora of 6.3 badges, air intakes, splitters and diffusers clearly stake the Black Series’ claim as a serious track toy.

Sharper handling

Lightweight forged alloy wheels (9 x 19 front, 9.5 x 19 rear), which save 11kg per corner, help reduce unsprung mass and heighten the suspension and steering response. Reinforcing the C63 Black Series’ track-biased brief is full coil-over suspension, with several settings, whilst a standard limited slip differential is partnered with 3-stage ESP that can be fully switched out to exclude electronic intervention.

AMG has also re-tuned the speed-sensitive power steering and ABS settings, whilst the brakes have been upgraded to larger, ventilated ‘fade-resistant’ stoppers. The composite, motorsport-derived discs measure a massive 390mm at the front, and 360mm at the rear, with six and four-piston calipers respectively.

Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series interior

C63 Black Series – on the inside

The pared-down, road racer feel is continued on the inside, with deep buckets seats wrapped in DINAMICA – a light microfibre fabric. Red seatbelts and red stitching on the steering wheel and door trim add contrast to the darker hues. It also gets a unique steering wheel, which is flat-bottomed, and unusually, flat on top, although it’s not quite the full-blown ‘quartic’ squared-off look which found fame in the Austin Allegro.

For the first time, a Black Series can be had with four seats – as an option Mercedes will fit the sports seats from the standard C63 AMG Coupé along with two rear seats.

AMG Track Package and AMG Aerodynamics package

In another first, an optional aerodynamic package and track package cater for buyers who want an even more focused C63 Black Series. The latter comprises ultra-grippy 19″ tyres, developed specifically for the Black Series by Dunlop, along with additional rear-axle transmission cooling designed for punishing track conditions. The aerodynamic package comprises a carbonfibre rear spoiler and front-splitter, both designed to improve on-the-limit balance.

C63 AMG Black Series price and release date

The C63 AMG Black Series will be on sale from spring 2012, with a price tag of around £100,000. There’s no word from Mercedes yet as to the cost of various options.

With demand anticipated to be high, and the production run likely to be limited, the C63 Black Series may attract collectors’ status – just 700 examples of its predecessor, the CLK63 AMG Black Series, rolled off the AMG production line in Affalterbach and lightly used examples still command strong money.

2012 Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series pictures

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By Tim Kendall
25th July 2011

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