Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes C-Class

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.

Hats off to Fransen for allowing us to this stunning photo, and be sure to head over to his flickr page and personal website!

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.

Unveiled in 1993, the C-Class quickly became one of the best sold models in Mercedes ’ line-up. This impressive success is contributed to the car’s relatively cheap price - when compared to other Mercedes models - but also to its compact size.

The first generation stayed in production until 2000, and from 2000 to 2007 Mercedes sold the second generation C-Class. As of 2007, the model is in its third generation (W204), and that generation came with a completely new exterior design language, more compact dimensions that offer a generously sized interior, and an improved engine line-up. In 2011, the C-Class received a facelift that brought on a new front and rear design, more power from a new V6 engine, and improved fuel consumption. For the 2013 model year, the C-Class will continue its path of improvement with some small changes under the hood to make the C-Class even more powerful.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2007-2013 Mercedes C-Class.

In 2012, the C250 boasted an impressive 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that pumped out 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of twist. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the 3.0-liter V-6 cranked out only 228 ponies and 221 pound-feet of torque. This means that short of the 4-wheel-drive, there was little reason to snag up the C300.

Instead of eliminating the mid-range C300 and leaving just the C250 and C350, Mercedes has wisely detuned the direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 in the C350 and is dropping it into the C300 4Matic, giving its buyers an extra 20 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque to play with and giving buyers on the fence more reason to opt for the higher level C-series.

In the overall scheme, the 248 ponies and 251 pound-feet of torque that this remapped 3.5-liter pump out are still way too low for modern day luxury cars. We know that Mercedes-Benz doesn’t want the C300 4Matic to infringe on the C350’s sales territory, but offering a luxury car with that type of engine with that low power cannot help much.

This is multiplied when you consider that the 328i Sedan still pumps out more foot-pounds and only has 4 less horsepower from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Also, the 328i is significantly cheaper than the C300 4Matic. The biggest thing is that this is at least a step in the right direction for the C-Class lineup, and all signs are pointing that more changes are on the horizon for Mercedes. Maybe we will start to see more forced induction across the luxury automaker’s entire lineup in the future to help get it up to snuff before BMW pulls away from the luxury pack.

The Mercedes C63 AMG is arguably one of the most popular models in the Mercedes AMG line-up. But that isn’t stopping the German automaker to treating its Japanese customer base with a special edition model called the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition.

Comprised of a comprehensive modification that includes work done on the outside, inside, and engine, the C63 AMG Performance Studio Edition is turning out to become quite a prize for the Japanese folks. It also figures that with all the special edition BMW M3 ’s out on the market, Mercedes would love to join in on the party with this bad boy, right?

The first thing you’ll notice is the matte black finish given to the car, which is never a bad thing as far as we’re concerned. Mercedes also added a carbon trunk lid spoiler, unique exhaust tailpipes, a new set of 19" multi-spoke black alloy wheels with a red rim, and red brake calipers. Inside, the modifications continue with an interior that’s been dressed in red and black nappa leather with matching red accent stitching. In addition, there’s also a carbon fiber decorative trim, hand-crafted AMG floor mats with nappa leather piping, AMG door lock pins, and a standard Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system.

As far as the engine goes, Mercedes gave the C63 AMG’s 6.2-liter V8 engine with a nice power upgrade, resulting in an increased output of 480 horsepower, up from the standard model’s 451-horsepower output.

The car, like we said, is exclusive to the Japanese market. Pricing has been announced at 15 million Yen, which is about $192,000 based on current exchange rates. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in November 2012.

With 510 HP under the hood, the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series looks like a car that needs no updates. But the German tuner Vath did the impossible: they managed to update the car’s engine to an impressive 756 HP!

So how can you get the extra 246 HP? Simple: first you need an extra 38,500 € ($47,800) and then you need to take your car the the Vath shop. In here your car will get lots of high performance engine modification with compressor system, individual precise tuning of the engine electronics and an in-house manufactured water-charging air cooling system. As a result the engine delivers a total of 756 HP and a peak torque of 59 lbs-ft. Top speed limiter will also be removed so that you can enjoy an impressive top speed of 217 mph. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in just 3.6 seconds.

And if you have a few more thousands to spend, you can also get a stainless steel exhaust-manifold system, a sport rear silencer, a new suspension system that lowers the car’s ride by 20 – 65 mm and a new set of 20" wheels.

Mercedes C-Class

Back in February the next generation Mercedes C-Class has been caught testing for the first time during winter conditions. And now our spy photographers caught the car testing one more time, except that now they have also snapped a picture of the interior. As you can see the next C-Class will get the Ipad looking display for infotainment and Sat-Nav on top of the dash.

Like with most of the all new Mercedes models, the next C-Class will also benefit from the round SLS look-alike air-outlets. A bigger panoramic roof will also be offered with the Magic-Sky option.

Under the hood Mercedes will place both petrol and diesel engines, but a hybrid version will also be offered for the first time. The current seven-speed automatic gearbox will be replaced by a new nine-speeds one.

The next C-Class will be initially offered as a sedan, with a station wagon to follow six months later. A coupe and a convertible will also be offered, and, for the first time, Mercedes will offer a MST variant.

MST stands for Midsize Sports Tourer and will be a crossing between Wagon and Van or, in just another words a smaller version of the R-Class .

The 2014 C-Class will be produced in the US as well, at the Alabama plant alongside the GL and ML-Class .

Back in 2008, Mercedes was looking to expand its market to include the younger population and they decided that the best way to do that was to offer a C-Class Coupe alternative. That project led to the birth of the CLC whose success in the market was more lackluster than bedazzled. Now, Mercedes is at it again with a much more simple approach to meeting the needs of the younger generation. This simple - in the best sense of the word - vehicle is the C-Class Coupe , and Mercedes is even taking a stab at an AMG version. This is certainly a good thing because, well, the BMW M3 Coupe needs a real competitor, right?

The new C63 AMG Coupe will join the current AMG Coupe and will be put on sale this July in Europe, while on the US market sales will begin in September 2011. The first units will be sold as the "Edition 1" and will be offered with exclusive equipments.

UPDATE 05/24/2012: Mercedes’ "Thank You - 2 Million Times" video generated some positive feedback and many people have requested to see the uninterrupted drift footage. Questions were even asked as to if the C 63 AMG Coupe actually drifted the corkscrew or if it was creative editing. Mercedes is offering the answer to this question with a new video. Enjoy!

Who said that station wagon models aren’t any fun? Edo Competition has released its newest tuning package that takes the Mercedes C63 AMG Station Wagon to new levels of awesome by increasing its output to a total of 600 HP. Top speed also gets a boost up to an impressive 211 mph.

The package includes a new high-performance exhaust system, exhaust headers, high-flow catalytic converters, new air filters, revised engine electronics, and a removal of the top speed governor. As a result, the engine will deliver a total of 600 HP and 501 lbs-ft of torque. Next to the modifications made to the engine, the tuner also added a high-performance exhaust system made entirely from stainless steel.

The Mercedes C63 AMG has also received a new set of 19" wheels combined with Michelin high-performance tires. The package continues on the interior where the tuner added leather, cloth, fine woods or lacquer, high-quality metal applications, and carbon fiber.


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