Mercedes-Benz is taking the C63 to a new level of sportiness with the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series. It’s the most powerful C-Class of all time and it follows in the footsteps of the CLK63 Black Series by deleting the backseat for even larger performance gains.
A 5.5-liter twin-turbo unit is replacing the 6.3-liter V-8 engine in many of the AMG 63s but not the C63. This is a good thing for the C-Class, which has always been stuck with a slightly detuned version of that engine. Now boasting forged pistons, connecting rods, and a lightweight crankshaft from the SLS AMG, the 6.3-liter V-8 develops a maximum output of 510 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. It’s the pinnacle of performance for the 6.3-liter V-8 in the small C-Class and offers acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The AMG MCT seven-speed transmission carries over with four transmission modes, a rev-matching function, and Race Start mode. In the Sport plus and Manual modes, gearshifts take 100 milliseconds.
However, the Black Series isn’t all motor enhancements. The car also benefits from an adjustable coilover sports suspension, wider front and rear tracks, and AMG high-performance composite brakes. Options include an AMG Track package, which adds ultra-high-performance tires and active cooling for the rear axle, and an AMG Aerodynamics package, which adds winglets made from carbon fiber on the front valance and a carbon fiber rear spoiler.
The C63 is already marked by a wider and lower stance, but Mercedes develops that concept further with the Black Series. The front and rear tracks are increased by 1.57 inches and 3.11 inches, respectively, so the fenders have been extended by an additional 2.2 inches at the front and 3.3 inches at the rear. It all adds to the car’s other functional yet aggressive-looking exterior refinements. First thing you will notice is the massive air intakes incorporated into the front apron, which aid in cooling and are a Black Series trademark. Your eyes may then square in on the two openings in the aluminum hood, which help dissipate engine heat and first appeared on the SL65 Black Series. The rear highlights a black diffuser, squared-off twin dual exhaust tips, and a subtle trunk spoiler.
The car’s profile features air outlets at every possible location: functional outlets behind both the front and rear wheel arches and virtual air vents ahead of the rear wheels. Filling the wheel wells is standard 19-inch rims that are optional on normal C63. Painted in titanium gray, the wheels utilize the same lightweight forging technology as the SLS AMG to make them 24.2 pounds lighter. The lower weight results in reduced unsprung mass. Rounding out the exterior refinements are a new “6.3” logo behind the front wheels and a unique AMG logo with discreet “Black Series” lettering at the rear.
The Black Series C63 also uses larger rotors made of a race-proven composite for increased braking performance. At the front are 15.35-inch rotors and at the rear are 14.17-inch discs, an increase of more than one inch for the both.
Black microfiber upholstery on the center panels of the seats and doors is a new type of synthetic fiber characterized by its high fade resistance. Red seat belts and red contrasting stitching on the steering wheel, seats, door trim, door armrests, center console, and shift lever accent the black materials. To extract the most performance, Mercedes deleted the backseat to reduce weight; however, the C63 Coupe AMG will be optionally available as a four-seater incorporating individual seats for the rear.
The C63 AMG Coupe Black Series marks the impressive continuation of the Black Series, which began back in 2006. As its fourth model, behind the SLK55 AMG Black Series, CLK63 AMG Black Series, and SL65 AMG Black Series, it will continue a tradition of only being offered in limited numbers at a premium price when it goes on sale in early 2012.