|Do you think the design chief at AMG designs monsters for cartoons as a side project?|
Despite all that flare, this car's not all show and no go; this is the most powerful C-Class ever. The 6.2 V8 engine has been tuned up from 450bhp, past the 487bhp of the AMG Performance Pack and all the way up to 510bhp, 10 more than the CLK it succeeds, as well as "over 620NM of torque", or about 457lb/ft, which could be exactly the same as the CLK's nice round 460lb/ft. Combined with AMG coilover sports suspension, uprated brakes, a carbon fibre bodykit and bucket seats with the rear bench removed - saving 20kg - the extra power drops the 0-60 time to just 4.2 seconds (from 4.5). Unfortunately the press release doesn't mention the top speed, but because this is from one of the German "Grosser Drei", we can safely assume it's electronically limited to 155mph (250km/h).
|The old CLK63 Black Series. No, this one isn't black either...|
For those that already have an E230 CDI for road driving and want to use this as a track car, fear not. You can un-dilute this car with the AMG Track Pack, which adds, and I quote: "Dunlop sports tires and active rear-axle transmission cooling, plus the AMG Aerodynamics package including flics, a functionally tuned front splitter and an adjustable carbon-fiber rear aerofoil". Serious. Unfortunately there aren't yet any pictures of the Track-Pack-equipped uprated version of this, the uprated version of the uprated version of the C-Class Coupé, which is perhaps meant to fight against the equally hardcore and bespoilered BMW M3 GTS.
To remind the world of F1 what a big NA engine can do, the C63 AMG Coupé Black Series (there's no real way to shorten that down without calling it BS...) will be strutting its stuff in the paddock at this weekend's German Grand Prix, a report of which you can read on Monday. Or Tuesday. Or maybe Wednesday. But definitely before next Weekend. Honest. Until then, I'd like you to imagine what it would be like for Black Series to make a car that doesn't have to balance road and track and can just be a hardcore track version. Perhaps a 600 horsepower SLS Black Series that borrows from the GT3 racer and has a sequential gearbox and a rollcage. You can fill in the rest...
|Black Series next to the "regular" C63 AMG Coupé. Feel the menace...|
Layout: Front-Engined, Rear-Wheel-Drive
Engine: 6208cc V8, Naturally Aspirated
Power/Torque/CO2: 517PS (510bhp) / 457lb/ft (620NM) + / 319g/km
Acceleration: 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.2s, 0-100mph unknown at this time
Top Speed: 188mph (302.5km/h) - Limited
Price: €97,000 / £85,458 / $139,307 + Local Taxes