Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes C-Class

There will come a time in your life when you will have to think twice before getting behind the wheel of a car. We’re not just talking about when you’ve had one drink too many - even though that is a viable reason to refrain from driving - but when your body just can’t handle the drive anymore. Apparently, this 60 year-young lady is nowhere near that stage in her life because she hasn’t given any impression that she’s gonna quit drag racing anytime soon! Yep, we said drag racing!

YouTube member, 1320video, was recently at the TX2K12 when he saw this 60-year-old woman in her modified, 11-second Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG . She was quick to share a number of details about her car before showing off her amazing driving skills and joining her husband in his Dodge Viper ! Now that’s a pretty passionate family! We certainly have to admire that! Enjoy the video and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Before the 2013 Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe burst onto the scene last month, its predecessor, the 2012 C63 AMG Sedan - was a doozy in its own right.

How awesome was it? It gave tuners like HMS Tuning free reign to give it some serious performance and exterior modifications.

Starting with the latter, HMS Tuning gave the C63 AMG a few added goodies, including a redesigned carbon fiber front bumper with integrated LED lights, flared wheel arches, a new boot lid spoiler, and a rear diffuser. All these items, incidentally, are made out of carbon fiber. Rounding out the exterior mods are a new set of 19" Jade R HMS-Edition black rims.

Now, for the performance upgrade. With the C63 AMG already carrying one of the best 6.2-liter V8 engines in the world, the Mercedes sports sedan is capable of belting out 457 horsepower. Now, add a three-stage supercharger kit and you’ve got a variety of increased outputs to choose from. Stage I develops 625 horsepower and 593 lb/ft of torque, Stage 2 produces 640 horsepower and 620 lb/ft of torque, and finally, Stage 3 peaks at 690 horsepower and 646 lb/ft of torque.

Not too bad for the 2012 Mercedes C63 AMG, right?

Talking about pricing, the top-end Stage 3 supercharger kit is priced at a steady €24,419, which is around $31,700 based on current exchange rates.

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In what can only be described as a truly incredible and informative review, Chris Harris recently pitted the BMW M3 GTS , Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series , and Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 against each other for the Drive network and has delivered yet another piece of automotive art.

All three cars, particularly the BMW and Mercedes-Benz are aimed at a very small, niche segment of the market where prospecting buyers want cars which can perform equally well on the track as they do on the road. The 911 on the other hand, is for all intents and purposes, a full-on race car converted for road use and carries much greater expectations.

This may surprise some, but all of the aforementioned cars were priced fairly similarly when they first hit the market and even though the BMW M3 GTS is no longer produced, it’s as relevant as it was back in 2010 immediately after its launch.

Sure, more fun can be had in other cars than in these three, with Harris highlighting the fact that an Ariel Atom could be purchased for the same money but that of course, doesn’t work on the road like a truly incredible car should. As a result, Harris assembled these three cars to test both their on-track and off-track capabilities while also seeing which promotes the greatest amount of hooliganism.

We won’t spoil the end result for you, but needless to say, this is one of the very best ways to spend 25 minutes.

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 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.

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