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By Marcus B Fitzhugh

Some may look at the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series and say "that car has a long name". True, but it eliminates any confusion as to what you're getting involved with. When your spouse says they'd like a C-Class, one of you may think "BlueTEC" while the other has something very different in mind. The car is a C-Class. It's powered by a 6.2 liter thermonuclear device and produced by the AMG division. It's also a coupe versus a sedan. And just in case there was some confusion as to what "fast" is, it's a Black Series.

The C63 Black Series features a number of impressive refinements designed to make it the most powerful C-Class of all time. This is in large part to forged pistons, a modified engine control unit and a lighter rotating mass (crankshaft & connected rods). The 6.2 liter V8 now produces 510 horsepower. This is opposed to the standard C63, which produces 451 horsepower.

The Black Series is far more than just a bodybuilder version of the C63. Its suspension and brakes have been upgraded to match the powerplant. For example, front wheel track has been increased, and the rear fenders are nearly two inches wider on each side. These wider fenders accommodate the wider track as well as larger, staggered-width wheels and tires. The extra width provides the additional traction needed for a car that can travel at an electronically limited 186 MPH.

Along with a wider body, up front the Black Series has larger engine air ducts in a deep AMG front apron. This is complemented by two air outlets in the aluminum front hood. At the rear, a body-color rear lip spoiler sits at the edge of the trunk lid. Below the bumper is a new rear apron that incorporates an eye-catching rear air diffuser with a black grille at the top. This wraps around two sets of twin exhaust pipes at the bottom. A subtle "Black Series" logo on the trunk lid identifies this as the limited-production coupe.

In addition to the Mercedes-Benz commercial, we've included the specs and equipment list. As always, many thanks to MB USA for supplying us with this information.

Specifications

Model C63 AMG Coupe C63 AMG Coupe Black Series
Vehicle type Two-door, four passenger coupe
Chassis Steel unibody
 
Engine 90-degree V8
Valve arrangement Four valves per cylinder
Valvetrain Double overhead camshaft per cylinder bank;duplex chain-driven; variable valve timing
Displacement (cu. in./cc) 378.8 / 6,208
Bore (in./mm) 4.02 / 102.2
Stroke (in./mm) 3.72 / 94.6
Compression ratio 11.3:1
Horsepower @ rpm 451 (481)* @ 6,500 510 @ 6,800
Torque (lb-ft.) @ rpm 443 @ 5,000 457 @ 5,000
Intake system Magnesium two-stage resonance intake manifold
Max. engine speed (rpm) 6,800
 
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS Seven-speed electronically controlled multiclutch automatic with driver-adaptive shift logic.
Shift controls Touch Shift manual shift control w/ Shift Paddles
Gear ratios
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
R
R2 comfort mode
4.38:1
2.86:1
1.92:1
1.37:1
1.00:1
0.82:1
0.73:1
-3.42:1
-2.23:1
Final drive 2.82:1 2.85:1
 
Stability control AMG 3-Stage Electronic Stability Programming (ESP) integrating single brake application and throttle intervention for yaw control.
Suspension Four-wheel independent; AMG springs and gas shocks, stabilizer bars
Front Strut with two-piece control arm, antidive geometry
Rear Five-arm multilink, anti-squat geometry Self-leveling rear air suspension
Steering Rack-and-pinion, speed-sensitive hydraulic power assist with variable centering
Turning radius (feet) 36.4
Front Wheels 8.0 x 18 9.0 x 19
Rear Wheels 9.0 x 18 9.5 x 19
Front tires 235/40 R 18 255/35 R 19
Rear tires 255/35 R 18 285/30 R 19
Brakes Rack-and-pinion, speed-sensitive hydraulic power assist with variable centering
Front disc diameter (in./mm) 14.2 / 360 (ventilated & perforated) 15.35 / 390 (ventilated & perforated)
Rear disc diameter (in./mm) 13.0 / 330 (ventilated & perforated) 14.17 / 360 (ventilated & perforated)
Front disc thickness (in./mm) 1.4 / 36
Rear disc thickness (in./mm) 1.0 / 26
 
Exterior dimensions (in./mm)
Wheelbase 108.9 / 2,766
Length 185.3 / 4,706
Width 69.7 / 1,770
Height 54.6 / 1,387
Ground clearance 4.2 / 107
Front track 62.4 / 1,585 64.0 / 1,626
Rear track 61.5 / 1, 1,562 64.6 / 1,641
Interior dimensions (in./mm)
Front head room 37.0 / 940
Rear head room (second row) 35.5 / 902
Front Leg room 42.0 / 1,067
Rear Leg room 33.0 / 838 N/A
Front Shoulder room 54.0 / 1,372
Rear Shoulder room 50.3 / 1,278 N/A
Cargo Length w/back row down / 41.5 / 1,054
 
Capacities
Cabin volume in cubic feet TBD
Cargo volume in cubic feet (w/seats up) 11.7
Cargo volume in cubic feet (w/back row down) -
Curb weight (lbs.) 3,935 3,700 (est)
Gross vehicle weight (lbs.) -
Towing (lbs.) -
Maximum total payload 948 TBD
Fuel tank / reserve (gallons) 17.4 / 3.7
 
Performance
0-60 (seconds) 4.4 (4.3*) (est) 4.2
Top speed (MPH) 155 (174*) 186
Fuel mileage, city/hwy 13 / 19 TBD
*=w/AMG Development Pkg

   

Equipment List

Standard Equipment

Comfort/Convenience

  • Power tilt/sliding panorama sunroof*
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with dust filter
  • 14-way power/memory driver?s seat with lumbar support*
  • AMG Sport Seats with Dinamica inserts and red contrast stitching**
  • Heated front seats
  • COMAND System w/ 80GB Hard-Drive Navigation
  • CD/ MP3 /AM/ FM/ Weatherband radio
  • HD Radio*
  • SD card slot
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming*
  • iPod® / MP3 Media Interface (in center console)
  • Bluetooth interface for hands-free calling
  • Enhanced voice control for audio, telephone and navigation
  • SIRIUS® real-time traffic service
  • Gracenote® media database
  • 10GB hard-drive with Music Register
  • Central controller with 7" color display
  • Power Tilt & telescoping steering column*
  • 4.5" color instrument cluster display*
  • Front cupholders
  • Rain sensing intermittent wipers*
  • Integrated rear view mirror compass*
  • Auto dimming mirrors*
  • Integrated garage door opener*
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows with express up and down
  • Automatic headlamps with twilight sensor & locator lighting
  • Trip computer
  • Split-folding rear seats*
  • Red seat belts**
  • Door panels in Dinamica with red stitching**
  • Performance steering wheel in Dinamica with red stitching**
  • Carbon Fiber trim**
  • Console in Black Piano Lacquer**
  • Rear seats (omitted at no extra cost)**
  • Lightweight carpet**
Performance/Handling

  • 510 Horsepower @ 6,800 RPM**
  • 457 lb-ft of Torque @ 5,000 RPM
  • 186 mph top speed (electronically limited)
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-speed MCT w/ RACE START function
  • 19" AMG Forged 10-Spoke Wheels (smoked/titanium)**
  • 255/35 R 19 front / 285/30 R 19 rear high-performance
  • Quad Exhaust with trapezoidal chrome outlets
  • 15.3" front brakes and 14.1" rear brakes with red brake calipers**
  • Front axle with 1.6" wider track, 1.1" wider fenders; rear axel with 3" wider track, 1.6" wider fenders
  • Body color rear spoiler
  • Adjustable Coil-over Suspension
  • Limited Slip Differential
Safety/Security

  • New vehicle 4-year/50,000 mile warranty
  • 24 hr. roadside assistance program
  • Owner information kit
  • First-Aid kit
  • Mercedes-Benz maintenance system
  • Steel-reinforced cabin with front & rear crumple zones
  • Front & rear outboard seatbelts with pre-tensioners & force limiters
  • Dual two stage front airbags
  • Side airbags mounted in front seat backrests
  • Head protection curtains
  • Dual front pelvic airbags
  • Driver?s side knee airbag
  • Active front head restraints
  • 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with Brake Assist System
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)
  • Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR)
  • LATCH-lower anchors and tethers for children
  • Antitheft alarm with engine immobilizer
  • SmartKey with panic button
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • ATTENTION ASSIST*
  • ADAPTIVE BRAKE w/HOLD function*
  • Rearview Camera
  • Bi-xenon Headlamps with active curve illumination
  • Headlamp Cleaning System
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist*
  • Optional Packages

      AMG Carbon Fiber Package
    • Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
    • Carbon Fiber Front Splitter
    • Carbon Fiber Mirror
    • Carbon Fiber Trunk Lid Spoiler
    • Carbon Fiber Lower Valance Side Skirts
    • AMG Aerodynamics Package

    • Adjustable Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
    • Front Aerodynamic Winglets
    • Extended Front Splitter (1.5" Over Exterior Carbon Fiber Package)
    • AMG Track Package

    • Active Rear Differential Oil Cooling System
    • Specifically-developed C63 AMG Black Series Dunlop Sport Tires
    • Stand Alone Options

    • Forged 19" AMG Wheels painted in Matte Black
    • Rear seat option
    • mbrace™ telematics
    • Rear side airbags
    • KEYLESS-GO
    Paint

    Mars Red, Iridium Silver, Obsidian Black, Diamond White, designo Night Black Magno, designo Alanite Grey Magno

    Upholstery

    Black M-B Tex with Dinamica inserts

    Photos and specs supplied by MB USA


     

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