Vijay Pattni25 July 2011

Mercedes reveals C63 AMG Coupe Black Series

The most powerful C-Class ever built has landed. Welcome to the dark side…

Mercedes-Benz has announced its most potent iteration of the C-Class ever; the new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series.

That terrifying suffix denotes this C-Class Coupe was forged in Mercedes' skunk works division, with AMG upping the 6.2-litre V8's power from 457bhp to a staggering 517bhp and 457lb ft of torque, by stealing oily stuff from the SLS AMG.

The powerplant gets forged pistons, connecting rods, a bigger oil cooler and a lightweight crankshaft all pinched from the AMG-built supercar, together with a new ECU which allows the new C Class AMG Black Series to accelerate from 0-62mph in a plume of tyre smoke and metallic fury lasting 4.2 seconds. Top speed is, presumably, limited to 155mph. Or physics.

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AMG has also fitted a new coil-over sports suspension with a rear axle differential lock, allowing the driver to create his or her own personal setup. The track has been widened by 40mm up front and 79mm at the rear, and AMG reckons the whole thing has a low roll angle and lots of grip.

You get the same Speedshift MCT seven-speed auto ‘box with four transmission modes and a race start function, and AMG has also sent the brakes to the gym too; 390mm diameter fade-resistant, ventilated discs sit at the front (360mm at the back) with six-piston fixed calipers bolted on (four-piston on the rear stoppers) which is an almighty amount of stopping power.

Inside, the new AMG Coupe gets a black interior with red highlight elements and two AMG bucket seats. The white-coated agents of oversteer have binned the rear bench, and you should steer clear of ticking the box to put it back in again. Tell the kids to get a bus pass. Think of the weight saving!

The TFT colour display sits alongside the ‘Black Series' logo in the dashboard, and you get the obligatory stainless steel AMG door sills, sports pedals, a huge, huge audio setup (you'll want to turn it off to better enjoy that AMG exhaust) and of course, climate control.

Top Gear drives the 'standard' Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe

Should this car awaken your inner Stig, AMG is also offering a Track Package, which adds grippier Dunlop tyres, an active rear axle transmission cooling and a relocated radiator, while the Aerodynamics Package fits side inserts, a cross strut in the front apron, diffuser insert and a spoiler lip all in carbon fibre, together with light-alloy 19in alloys and even a fire extinguisher.

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