Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes C-Class

With the 2012 DTM season ripping its inaugural race, the time was ripe for the series to introduce the vehicle that would serve as its official safety car. This year, the German Touring Car Masters Championship has tapped the 2013 Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series to serve that role.

Following in the reins of the the C63 AMG , the BMW M3 , and a host of several Audis, the C63 AMG Black Series has been fitted with a number of modifications in order to serve its role as the DTM’s official safety car.

Among them include an aerodynamically optimized light bar on the roof and energy-efficient, fast-response LEDs in green and orange. The car also has a modified AMG sports exhaust system and a special rear silencer that allows the car’s 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine to produce 517 horsepower and 457 lb/ft of torque. This makes it capable of hitting 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds with an electronically-limited top speed of 186mph.

For the exterior, the car carries a slew of packages, including an AMG Aerodynamics Package that carries a genuine carbon fiber front splitter on the front apron and a fixed carbon-fiber rear aerofoil with an adjustable blade. It also has the AMG Track package that includes rear axle gear cooling and a set of 19" forged AMG wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx Race tires. Lastly, there’s the AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber package that includes exterior mirror housings, inserts in the side sill panels, and a diffuser insert, all made from carbon fiber.

For the interior, the C63 AMG Black Series Safety Car was given a pair of AMG Sport bucket seats, each coming with four-point seat belts, and an AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather and Dinamica.

Many years ago, I was a lowly sales person at a Dodge , Chrysler, and Jeep dealership in Florida. As a sales person, you got to test drive nearly every new car and every trim level of every new car, as they came in. It was the only way to really get a feel for each car. There were only a few vehicles that we were forbidden to touch. Those vehicles were the Dodge Viper and the Ram 1500 SRT-10 , because those were considered collectibles and the extra mileage could reduce their value – plus they knew what we would do with them.

This is pretty much standard procedure at every single car dealership, including Mercedes. The Mercedes C63 AMC Coupe Black Series is much like the Viper and SRT-10 Ram were for Dodge, simply untouchable. Apparently a few technicians at Star Motors in Ottawa, Canada did not get that memo.

They took one of the 30 models of the Black Series available in Canada out on an 8:11 joyride through Ottawa. It would be one thing if they just drove it around to look cool and brought it back to the shop safely. Nope, these techs decided to see what this AMG coupe could do on multiple occasions.

At one point, the driver mentions that in manual mode, the car does not automatically up shift. The passenger didn’t believe him, so the guy proceeds to take the car up to redline in first gear and keep it there for about five seconds. This car can certainly handle that, but as all new car techs should know, these things require a break-in period before seeing that sort of stress.

Thankfully, the snoops over at MBWorld.com recognized the dealership, and alerted officials at Mercedes-Benz Canada. Mercedes is currently attempting to track down the owner of this thrashed upon vehicle to let him or her know the scoop on the car. Whether or not Mercedes will compensate the owner with anything is not known

All we can hope is that these techs got what was coming to them by the car gods!

Never content with just one tuning program at a time, German tuner Wheelsandmore has prepared a separate program for the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe , joining their new package for the SL500 R231.

For the former, Wheelsandmore added a subtle styling upgrade with a stripe design on the right side of the vehicle serving as an optional feature should you want to spice up the look of your car. The two biggest features of Wheelsandmore’s program are the new set of 20" 6Sporz² forged wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sportmaxx GT tires. Since customers have free reign on what kind of rims they want, the German tuners created matte black wheel centers and rims colored in the same hue as that of the original AMG brake calipers. Moreover, Wheelsandmore also added an in-compression, a rebound adjustable KW coil over suspension, and a performance upgrade that includes special 4-in-1 manifolds, sport air filters, modified electronics and a flap-controlled stainless steel exhaust system.

All told, the C63 AMG Coupe’s 6.2 liter V8 engine receives an increased output of 570 horsepower, an increase of 113 ponies over the standard model’s 457-horsepower output. Torque numbers also increased to 509 lb/ft with a bump in top speed of 199 mph, a significant spike from the electronically limited 155 mph top speed of the standard C63 AMG Coupe.

One of our favorite parts of any auto show is seeing what the aftermarket industry has done to some of the finest vehicles in the world. At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show , we were completely floored by all the programs being displayed.

Whether it was the Lamborghini Aventador , the McLaren MP4-12C , or even a model like the BMW 3-Series, the tuning world was definitely well-represented in Geneva.

The list below highlights some of the most impressive programs we saw. Some came from some of the best tuners in the world and some came from some surprising tuners. Nevertheless, it all amounted to some pretty impressive sights. You can check out the list of vehicles that were given tuning programs and let us know which of these works you consider your favorites.

Check out the list of tuner cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.

The Geneva Motor Show never disappoints. Every year, we bear witness to some of the most amazing auto debuts on this event, and this year, it’s no different.

As far as sports cars and super cars are concerned, there were so many eye-popping debuts that literally made our heads spin. German sports cars, Italian super cars, special edition British super cars, and yes, there was even one exotic from Sweden that received an upgrade.

In this section, we’re going to dive into the sports cars and super cars that made their debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The list runs pretty long so we suggest that you start heading over after the jump to check out which of these established brands made quite an impression on us at Geneva.

Find out more about the run-down of sports cars and super cars that made their debuts at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.

Mercedes is expanding its C-Class Coupe line-up with the addition of a new "Sport" version. The new model will be going on sale in June 2012, along with a new "AMG Plus Sports package" with a wider choice of sporty equipment. The package is priced at $2,800.

The new C-Class Coupe Sport can be combined with the C250 and C250 CDI versions and adds a series of technical features which further increase driving enjoyment. These new features include an AMG sports suspension, more direct speed-sensitive sports steering, a sports exhaust system, and a more sporty transmission configuration in S and M mode. They will be exclusively offered in a "designo magno platinum" matte paint finish.

The new AMG Plus Sports package can be combined with any body version and adds an AMG 7-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, an AMG spoiler lip, and sports seats in black Artico man-made leather.

Hit the jump for a full list of the standard equipment.

German tuner, Brabus , has made a living building ridiculous engine modifications with some of their past Mercedes programs and it’s only fitting that they’re following all that up with yet another mind-boggling project.

The lucky Mercedes to get the latest Brabus treatment is the new Mercedes C-Class Coupe . Called the Brabus Bullit Coupe, the C-Class comes dressed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show party with a slick matte black finish that only underscores the monstrous V12 engine under its belly.

Talking about that V12 engine, we know that Brabus has never been shy when it comes to engine tweaks and thanks to their colossal turbocharged V12 engine, the lively and spunky C-Class now boasts of an insane 800 horsepower and 1,047 lb/ft of torque. To ensure that the car’s seven-speed automatic transmission, which is shifted either automatically or manually via shift paddles on the steering wheel, doesn’t go out of whack, Brabus is limiting the car to "just" 811 lb/ft of torque, which is still mighty impressive in its own right.

In the end, the Brabus Bullit Coupe is able to blast off from 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds, from 0-124 mph in 9.8 seconds, and from 0-186 mph in 23.8 seconds. Top speed has also been boosted to 230 mph.

The Brabus Bullit Coupe also features a Biturbo system that is comprised of two special exhaust manifolds with integrated high-performance turbochargers, and four water-to-air intercoolers. Brabus also created the stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with free-flow metal catalysts and driver-controlled butterfly valve specifically for the C-Class Coupe.

Exterior modifications for the Bullitt consist of a supplemental carbon-fiber BRABUS front spoiler that reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds. There are also carbon-fiber lightweight air routers for the air inlets in the front fascia and BRABUS air vents integrated into the front fenders behind the wheel wells. At the back of the rocket is an aerodynamically effective combination of rear wing and diffuser insert for the rear fascia in order to generate more downforce on the rear axle. This carbon-fiber component has cutouts on the right and left side for the dual ceramics-plated design tailpipes of the BRABUS stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system. The car now sits on new 20" BRABUS Monoblock R wheels with a titanium paint finish and polished and coated anterior surfaces, wrapped around high-performance tires from either Continental, Pirelli, or YOKOHAMA, in sizes 235/30 ZR 20 and 275/25 ZR 20.

Needless to say, a performance bump like this doesn’t come cheap and in the case of the Bulitt Coupe, that sticker price reaches €449,820, which is around $593,860 based on current exchange rates.


Top gear Season 18 Episode 5

In the latest episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson got behind the wheel of one of the most impressive sports cars of the moment: a
Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series . But he didn’t just test drive it; Clarkson put it up against Maserati’s GranTurismo MC Stradale to see how it would fair. The result was an impressive show.

As a refresher: The C63 AMG Black Series is powered by a 6.3 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 510 HP and a peak torque of 457 lb-ft. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph.

Remember the Mercedes SLS AMG-inspired Cigarette 1 Racing Boat unveiled back in 2010? Well, AMG has put together another sea worthy vessel, this time inspired by the C63 AMG Black Series . The boat is called the Black Series 50’ Marauder Cigarette and made its debut at the 2012 Miami Boat Show (February 16th-20th).

The new AMG "Black Series" 50’ Marauder boat is painted in a combination of black and white, while the interior is upholstered with luxurious Alcantara. More than 100 billet aluminum pieces are integrated on the dash, grab handles, seat supports, sound system, and in numerous trim accents. These elements ensure a new formula of anodizing and corrosion resistance.

The boat is powered by two Mercury Racing engines with a total output of 2700 HP. Next to impressive speed, the AMG "Black Series" also offers smooth efficiency and the best part is that it runs on pump fuel.

So, if you want to enjoy a day on the water, this is definitely the boat for it!

A few days after releasing the first video teasing the 18th season of the famous UK auto show, Top Gear has now trickled out some preview images of the new series.

Plenty of cool cars have made it to the Top Gear set for their 18th season, including the brand new Lamborghini Aventador , the McLaren MP4-12C , the Mercedes C63 AMG Black , and many, many more. These photos will also show a behind the scenes look on the trio of Top Gear hosts, as well as some ninja fighting moves by the Stig.

"Those who like to keep up with the fast-moving digital age will have seen our new trailer by now: Ray Winstone, Richard at the NASCAR, James on a rather bizarre lap of Dunsfold, a flying man with wings, Jeremy in a wig blowing up a caravan, a C63 AMG Black in a cloud of tyre-smoke and a new, dapper incarnation of the Stig."

Check out the premiere of Top Gear UK Season 18 on Sunday, January 29th at 8pm on BBC2.

Source: TopGear

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