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.
Exterior and Interior
The C63 AMG’s exterior look starts with an arrow-shaped front section with the central Mercedes star in the radiator grille and larger air intakes included in the striking front apron that ensure reliable air flow through the large cooling modules. Two openings in the aluminum bonnet support the expelling of engine heat, while a black front splitter located at the lower end helps to balance the vehicle aerodynamically.
The Mercedes also gets a newly developed front axle with a greater track width for new wings, a "6.3" logo, air outlets, and a black strip on the restyled AMG side skirts. Towards the back of the vehicles there’s a revised rear wing that was widened by 42 millimeters, due to the greater track width of the rear axle. Air openings are hinted at in front of the rear wheels, forming a fitting conclusion. Then there is a new rear apron with its expressive black diffuser insert and a new AMG sports exhaust system. The car sits on a new set of 19" AMG light-alloy wheels.
The interior package includes a variety of elements in black with red highlights, AMG sports bucket seats, black Dinamica microfiber upholstery on the center panels of the seats and doors, an AMG performance steering wheel, red seat belts, and AMG sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs. There is also red contrasting topstitching on the steering wheel, seats, door center panels, armrests on the doors, the center console and on the shift lever.
The Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupe is powered by a 6.3 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 510 HP and a peak torque of 457 lbs-ft. The high-torque M156 naturally aspirated engine was fine-tuned specifically for the new two-door mode so that it now sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph takes just 4.2 seconds (all data preliminary).
The engine is combined with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports gearbox with four transmission modes, the rev-matching function and RACE START deliver maximum driving fun and a high degree of versatility. In the "Sport plus" and "Manual" modes gear shift takes a mere 100 milliseconds. The best part however is the hallmark AMG eight-cylinder sound from the AMG sports exhaust system.
The new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series will be put on sale in early 2012. In Europe, the vehicle will go on sale at a starting price of 115,430 euro (about $155,600 at the current exchange rates), but customers interested will also get the possibility to choose between four addition packages adding to the overall price.
|Packages||Euro Pricing (converted to USD)|
|AMG Aerodynamics||7973 euros ($10,700)|
|AMG Track||5890.50 euros ($7940)|
|AMG Exterior Carbon-Fiber||5831 euros ($7860)|
|AMG Performance Media||2320.50 euros ($3128)|
When we think about the Mercedes C63 AMG, the first competitor that comes to mind is the BMW M3 , but with the added Black Series, things are a little bit different due to the huge output difference between the two. The BMW M3 GTS provides a bit of a boost to match the caliber of the Black Series, but there’s still a big difference.
On the US market, a very serious competitor for the new C63 AMG Black Series coupe will be the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe . Next to an impressive and sporty look, the Cadillac is also powered by a 6.2 Liter supercharged Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 V8 that makes a maximum output of 556 HP and 551 lb-ft of torque. That equates to a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 3.9 seconds.
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- Great look
- Impressive performance numbers
- Racing inspired technology
- US competition is more powerful and faster