Mercedes has been testing the future C-Class all year, and now they have finally made it over to the Nurburgring for some hot laps around the famous ’Ring. The luxury sedan is still donning some massive camouflage to hide any new design aspects found on the car, but rumors have also been making their rounds that the future C-Class will take its inspiration from the F800 Concept car . This could mean that the angles of the vehicle will be just slightly elongated with a bit more sharpness to the angles, as well as a more marked front grille. Basically, it may be an edgier, sportier version of the current C-Class , which should be a change not many will complain about. As for power, the 2014 Mercedes C-Class may be looking at both a petrol and diesel engine lineup, as well as a new hybrid version.
The old term “They sure don’t build ’em like they used to” should always be followed up with a “Good,” because modern cars perform better in crash tests than any of the land yachts of the 1970s. Yeah, these cars may be smaller and lighter than those of yesteryear, but advancements in crumple zones and energy transfer over the decades has made them into very protective shells that crumple into piles of tin for the sake of protecting their passengers.
Unfortunately, all of this technology is not without its flaws, which the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is now pointing out. The IIHS has developed a new test to mimic the cause of nearly a quarter of all front-end collision deaths, which is called the “small overlap” test. This is when only a small portion of the front bumper impacts another vehicle or an object.
You may be surprised to hear about who’s failing this important new test. Among those tested to receive the IIHS’ worst rating, “Poor,” was the Mercedes Benz C-Class , Lexus IS and ES , and the Audi A4 . Receiving a score of “Marginal,” which is just above poor, is the Acura TSX , BMW 3-Series , Lincoln MKZ , and Volkswagen CC .
Click past the jump for the rest of the results, as well as an obnoxious statement by one top automaker in regards to the testing process.
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Not pleased with the standard 510 HP offered by the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series , German tuner Domanig put together their own little power update that increases the output to an amazing 600 HP. This boost in power also increases the top speed from the standard 155 mph to an exhilarating 198 mph.
In order to obtain the extra power, the tuner installed an a-header, sport catalysts, and a modified engine control unit to the already impressive 6.3 liter V8 engine of the C63 AMG. The modifications were then moved to the exterior where the tuner added a new set of 20" Domanig High Quality Wheels painted in a very cool black gloss with polished outer edges and wrapped around Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 265/30 and 305/25 tires. The wheels are combined with a new KW 3 suspension system that lowers the car’s ride by 30 mm.
These changes, combined with the red exterior paint finish and that huge rear wing, make the C63 AMG Black Series a force to be reckoned with.
The program is still far from finished, but that isn’t stopping RennTech from whetting our appetites the least bit. The modifications are expected to be pretty extensive, complete with a host of upgrades that include a tweaked ECU and the addition of a full carbon fiber air box, stainless steel long tube headers, 200 cell sport cats, an Akrapovic Evolution exhaust system, and a new rear diffuser.
The video will also show you exactly how the modifications translate in the dyno. Hit play and you’re ears will immediately be filled with a roaring noise that only gets more and more exhilarating as the seconds pass.
Expect more details about the company’s program for the C63 AMG Black Series soon enough. For now, we can dive into the video and appreciate powerful tuning at its finest.
Forza Motorsports players will have the possibility to further enrich their garages with 10 more cars thanks to the addition of a new Meguiar’s DLC car pack. The new pack is priced at 560 Microsoft Points.
The Meguiar’s DLC car pack will offer a mix of classic elegance and modern power, and combines cars from nearly the entire spectrum of the automotive history going from 1940 to 2012. Players will enjoy some of the most prominent ALMS race cars in recent history, some classic untouchable convertibles, several pre-war coupes, supercars, and more.
Here are the 10 new cars brought to you courtesy of the new Meguiar’s DLC car pack: Chevrolet Corvette Racing ZR1 ; 1959 BMW 507; 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe; 2011 Aston Martin Cygnet ; 1997 Maserati Ghibli Cup; 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series ; 1987 RUF CTR Yellowbird; 1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC ST185; 1963 Volkswagen Beetle ; and 1958 MG MGA Twin-Cam.
Remember when we joked about Vorsteiner being uncharacteristically out of the spotlight for quite some time?
Ha! Apparently, the joke’s on us.
The aftermarket company has been on quite a roll recently, preparing one program after another for a number of vehicles encompassing a range of different brands. After unveiling works on a Porsche Cayenne , a BMW M3 , and a Ferrari 458 Italia , Vorsteiner has turned their attention to the Mercedes C63 AMG.
Suffice to say, Vorsteiner didn’t disappoint - again. The C63 AMG Coupe - a beautiful car, by the way - was treated to an aggressive aerodynamic body kit whose components are all made out of carbon fiber. Most noticeable on the program is that there appears to be traces of a Black Series feel to it, particularly the carbon fiber add-on front spoiler, the completely re-made radiator grille, the fender louver covers, the sneakily subtle carbon fiber side skirt panels, a carbon fiber boot lid replacement with an integrated spoiler wing, housings on the LED lights, the vented rear diffuser, and a new integrated spoiler.
Vorsteiner also has a choice of either titanium or stainless steel performance exhaust systems that customers can have installed, as well as a wide variety of either 19" or 20" forged alloy wheels that, again, can be picked by the customer. Of course, the interior gets its fair share of digs too, in the form of embroidered floor and trunk mats.
Despite being one of the most visible tuners in the world, Vorsteiner has made a habit of spoiling us with their programs. Not that we’re complaining because we enjoy pretty much everything they build these days.
UPDATE 08/21/12: Vorsteiner has dropped new photos of its C63 AMG program, which you can check out in the gallery below!
Gallery 2013 Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe
Station wagons will never be as sexy as coupes, but that doesn’t mean that the former can’t carry an extra slice of attitude. This is especially true since we’re talking about a car like the Mercedes C63 AMG Estate and a tuner like Wimmer RS .
The German sports wagon was given an impressive program by the German tuner, highlighted by a mighty impressive performance modification that you wouldn’t normally get on a sports wagon. In tuning the C63 AMG Estate, Wimmer made some modifications on the car’s cylinder heads and the throttle body. On top of that, Wimmer also added a pair of new sport cam shafts, optimized the air filter and intake manifolds, tweaked the stainless steel exhaust system with HJS high-flow sport catalysts, and reprogrammed the ECU unit. With all these improvements in tow, the German tuner managed to increase the C63 AMG Wagon’s output from 457 horsepower all the way to 615 horsepower.
While the highlight of the package is undoubtedly the engine program, it’s also worth pointing out that Wimmer dressed up the C63 AMG Estate in their standard outlandish garb, which in this case they’re calling an "Electric Yellow" wrap. Rounding out the program, of course, are a new set of 19" BBS CH Black Edition alloy wheels, H&R spacers, and a new KW Clubsport coilover suspension kit.
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The latest episode of "Chris Harris on Cars" has brought together two of the most amazing cars currently available on the market in their segment: the new Audi RS4 and the Mercedes C63 AMG . As a bonus, two old models were also brought out to play: the original R5 version and the previous R7 generation.
This is a 17 minute long video, but trust us, it’s worth every second! You will learn a lot of new things about both vehicles, and you will also will find out which is Harris’ favorite car from the two.
As a reminder, the Audi RS4 is powered by a 4.2 liter V8 engine that delivers 450 HP and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The Mercedes C63 AMG gets a 4.2 liter V8 engine with an extra 7 HP (total of 457 HP), and makes the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.3 seconds.
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There’s no denying the fact that a name can either make or break a car. In the case of the C63 AMG Black Series (better known simply as the ‘Black’), this name definitely makes the car, as does this shot taken by Bas Fransen Photography.
As the spiritual successor to the CLK 63 AMG Black Series , the C63 version takes an already extreme car which can easily compete with the M3 , and turns it into an outrageous monster called the ‘Black’ which was produced with the underpowered M3 GTS in its cross-hairs.
Mercedes managed to pull this feat off with the C63 AMG Black, and when fitted with the AMG Track Pack like the above matte black version, this is unquestionably one of the most menacing cars you’re ever likely to see. The following photo is bound to be the most impressive picture of this insane muscle car you’ve ever seen.
With some of our previous Photo of the Week selections capturing exotics in some spectacular settings, one may question our choice for this week. However, this week’s photo is all about the car, rather than the setting, and with this incredible, high-contrasted image, Bas Fransen has managed to capture the true essence of the matte black paint job, which is something extremely difficult to pull off.
Too often will you see images of matte cars where they simply look dull and uninviting. However, this image is an exception to that, with the small rain drops present capturing the sun’s glare, adding an interesting white sparkle to the upper half of the car. Add to that the fact that this angle captures the aggressiveness of the C63 AMG Black to its utmost and it’s little wonder why we like this image so much.
The new Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series made its world debut at the Formula 1 German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring. The new model features a spectacular design, technology transfer from the world of motorsport, and the highest level of driving dynamics. Sales on the US market will begin in early 2012.
The Mercedes C63 AMG is powered by a 6.3 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 510 HP and a peak torque of 457 lb-ft. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4.2 seconds, while top speed will be limited to 155 mph.
Next to an impressive exterior look, the C63 AMG Black Series will be equipped with adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension, the AMG high-performance compound braking system, and functional standard equipment. A special AMG Track Package will add sports tires and active rear-axle transmission cooling, and the AMG Aerodynamics package will include flics, a functionally tuned front splitter, and an adjustable carbon-fiber rear aerofoil.
UPDATE 04/19/2012: The new Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupe has finally been dressed to match its name. British customers will receive an exclusive Matte Black edition of the C63AMG Black Series Coupe and we have the first images of the new version. Check them out in the picture gallery provided!
UPDATE 06/14/2012: Dutch magazine Autovisie reports that all the 800 C63 AMG Black Series Coupe units have sold out and that Mercedes has no plans in increasing production, even if customers are asking it. Initially, the company planned to bring out a total of 650 units, but due to increase demand, Mercedes decided to produce another 150 units. This, however, will be all, so if you haven’t had the chance to place your order for the sports coupe, you never will.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series.