German Hype: 2012 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Black Series

Just when you thought Mercedes Benz was done with the C-Class after building the C63 AMG, they come out of no where and hit you over the head with the new AMG C63 Black Series!  I have to say it is good to see a black series badge back where it belongs.  The SL Black Series was cool but I think all of us wanted to see the title eventually come back home to the C-Class.  By now you are probably asking yourself what makes the new C63 Black Series different from the “regular” AMG C63 coupe. 

The first and most obvious difference is right there on the surface.  As you cruise through the pictures below you will see the C63 AMG Black Series sports a very aggressive wide-body treatment inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 customer race car.  The next major difference is under the hood.  While the previous AMG C63 Coupe was pushing 481 horsepower, the output in the new Black Series is bumped up to 510 horsepower.  Like the C63 coupe the Black Series uses the same internals from the SLS AMG but where the engines differ is in the ECU which was tweaked by AMG to deliver more grunt in the Black Series.  Another major difference is the addition of a new AMG “rear axel differential lock” AKA active differential.  The AMG differential will constantly read wheel speed and torque to make sure power is split exactly the way you need it to be split when the C63 Black Series is carving corners.  To make sure the differential wont fail AMG added a stand alone cooling system just for the unit that is integrated into the rear diffuser.  All those tech goodies should add up to long and happy track day excursions for anyone who is lucky enough to get their hands on the new Black Series.

So far there is no information about the production number or MSRP but I would expect the first number to be low and the second one to be really high!  What we do know is that the new Black Series is set to make its U.S. debut in “early 2012”.  That means if you are not reading this post on your smart phone at your local Mercedes dealership you are probably too late to order one for yourself!




Press Release:

The new C63 AMG Coupé Black Series

July 23, 2011 – MONTVALE, NJ

Spectacular design, technology transferred from the world of motorsport and the very best in driving dynamics; the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series represents the new AMG brand claim, Driving Performance, like no other AMG model. The new high-performance vehicle is the most powerful C-Class of all time, boasting a maximum output of 510 hp and a maximum torque of 457 lb-ft. The high-revving AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine delivers stunning pulling power and exceptional performance – the 2012 C63 AMG Coupe Black Series accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (all data provisional).

The driving experience is further enhanced by the adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension, AMG high-performance composite (two-piece) braking system and superb functionality of the standard equipment. The AMG Track package with ultra high-performance tires and active cooling for the rear axle drive unit is available as an option for even better dynamics, while the AMG Aerodynamics package includes exterior winglets and an adjustable carbon-fiber rear spoiler.

Wide, low-slung, muscular and ready to pounce – the 2012 C63 AMG Coupe Black Series cuts an impressive figure. From the very first glance, it is abundantly clear that the C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriesis made for spirited driving on a closed track. Visually reminiscent of the SLS AMG GT3 customer race car, the new high-performance vehicle stands clearly for technology adopted from motorsport – something that has been a core philosophy of Mercedes-AMG GmbH for 44 years.

With its new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, AMG is presenting an exciting sports car for enthusiasts with a passion for performance cars that are big on horsepower – it also marks the impressive continuation of the Black Series strategy, which began back in 2006. AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz Cars, is once again showcasing its expertise in the design and development of emotion-packed, high-performance cars.

“AMG has its roots in international motorsport. The new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series showcases the ongoing transfer of technology from the race track to the road. Great success in the DTM, the customer sport program featuring the SLS AMG GT3 and our commitment to Formula 1, where we have been providing the Official F1™ Safety Car and the Official F1™ Medical Car for the past 15 years, are an ongoing source of inspiration for our engineers and technicians. The C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriesembodies the new AMG brand claim, Driving Performance, like no other AMG model”, comments Ola KŠllenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Key data at a glance:

  C63 AMG Coupe Black Series
Displacement 6208 cc
Bore x stroke 4.02 x 3.72 in
Compression ratio 11.3 : 1
Output 510 hp at 6,800 rpm
Max. torque 457 lb-ft 5,200 rpm
Engine weight (dry) 431 lbs
Acceleration 0-60 mph 4.2 s

* All data preliminary

Arrow-shaped front end with large air intakes

Whichever way you look at it, the new C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriesproudly displays its motorsports ties. The arrow-shaped front end with the central Mercedes star in the radiator grille is the visual expression of its forceful forward thrust. The air intakes in the distinctive front valance direct a continuous air flow through the large cooling modules, while two openings in the aluminum hood aid the outflow of heat from the engine. The angled struts in the front skirt emphasize the vehicle’s width and the black front splitter beneath provides aerodynamic balance.

The distinctive design continues through to the side view. The newly developed front axle with wider track is accommodated by new fenders, extended by 2.2­inches. “6.3” badges indicate the sheer power of the large-displacement, eight-cylinder, high-revving, naturally aspirated engine beneath the hood. The impression of air outlets behind the wheel arches is evocative of powerful racing cars, while the newly designed AMG sills bear black trim elements that continue the visual of the front splitter. The rear fenders have also been widened by 3.3­inches to house the track of the rear axle. Virtual air vents ahead of the rear wheels complete the picture.

AMG alloy wheels featuring lightweight forging technology

Mighty 255/35 R 19 and 285/30 R 19 wheels grace the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series at market launch. Mounted on 9 x 19 (front) and 9.5 x 19 (rear) AMG alloys, the wheel/tire combination fills out the fenders to stunning effect and has a significant impact on the dynamic appearance of this new AMG sports car.

Painted in titanium gray, the polished alloy wheels are made using extremely lightweight forging technology – as on the SLS AMG. Compared with conventional wheels, these forged wheels are a total of 24.2 pounds lighter overall. The lower weight results in reduced unsprung masses, which improves both suspension characteristics and steering precision.

Broad rear end with diffuser insert

The rear of the Black Series coupe also underlines its performance potential. The new rear valance with its distinctive black diffuser insert creates visual breadth. Similar to the SLS AMG GT3, it extends beyond the profile of the rear valance. The black mesh on the upper edge of the diffuser insert is just as much of an eye-catcher as the AMG sports exhaust. Both of the chromed twin tailpipes integrated into the rear valance feature an angular cross-section. The spoiler lip on the trunk lid is painted in body color and reduces lift at the rear axle, resulting in greater stability at high speeds. The AMG logo with its discreet “Black Series” lettering is reserved exclusively for the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series.

Engine with high-tech components from SLS AMG

A displacement of 6.3 liters, a maximum output of 510 hp and torque of 457 lb-ft from eight cylinders – one glance at the technical data and it’s clear that the technology behind the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is every bit a match for its sensational appearance. The high-torque M156 naturally aspirated engine was fine-tuned specifically for the new two-door model. Its forged pistons, connecting rods and lightweight crankshaft all come directly from the SLS AMG and are complemented by a new engine control unit. As a result, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes just 4.2 seconds (all data preliminary).

High revving, agile road manners and phenomenal pulling power – the qualities of the large-displacement AMG high-speed naturally aspirated engine are every driver’s dream. The jewel in the crown is the inspiring AMG eight-cylinder sound from the AMG sports exhaust system.

The optimized engine oil cooling delivers more performance even under harsh race-track conditions. With the aid of components from the SLS AMG, engineers added 50 percent to the cooling surface of the oil cooler. Power transmission is handled by the highly acclaimed, innovative AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports gearbox. 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.

AMG coil-over sports suspension with an AMG rear-axle differential lock

The AMG sports suspension is a sophisticated new development. Conceived as a coil-over suspension — as is the norm in motorsport and a typical feature of Black Series models — it offers a range of setting options, and allows the driver to create an individual set-up. Track has been widened by 1.57 inches (front) and 3.11 inches (rear). In conjunction with modified anti-roll bars, the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series delivers impressive dynamics, tenacious grip and minimal body roll. The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering facilitates superb vehicle control, with modified mapping of the power assistance for maximum steering precision.

The AMG rear-axle differential lock is standard equipment and responsible for reliable traction, especially under race track conditions. The 3-phase ESP®is the ideal solution for all driving situations – using the ESP®button, the driver can choose from “ESP ON”, “Sport Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF”. As a result of the increased dynamics the AMG high-performance brake system and the anti-lock functionality was reprogrammed. The larger braking system features discs with race-proven composite (two-piece) technology at the front (15.35 x 1.42 inches) and integral discs at the rear (14.17 x 1.02 inches). Red-painted six-piston fixed calipers at the front and four-piston fixed calipers at the rear provide reliable stopping power to the perforated, fade-resistant rotors, which are ventilated at all four corners.

Interior with a functional motorsport atmosphere

The inspiring high-tech components and the spectacular exterior design both find their logical continuation in the interior of the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series. Finished in black with red accents, the interior of the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series displays the functional atmosphere of a true race car combined with outstanding quality and meticulously crafted details. Two AMG sport seats provide the best levels of lateral support and thus optimum vehicle control on the race track. The black DINAMICA microfiber upholstery on the center panels of the seats and doors is a new type of synthetic fiber characterized by its high fade resistance. The omission of the rear bench underlines the vehicle’s sporty character and reduces its weight. The C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriesis also available as a four-seater incorporating the AMG sports seats familiar from the C63 AMG Coupe, with individual seats for the rear.

The AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfiber with its rim flattened top and bottom features aluminum shift paddles for manual gear shifting. Red seat belts and red contrasting topstitching on the steering wheel, seats, door trim, door armrests, center console and shift lever add eye-catching accents. An exclusive “Black Series” logo adorns the trim on the dashboard, which is finished in high-gloss black piano lacquer. The dashboard with separate dials has a three-dimensional TFT color screen, which displays the AMG logo when the vehicle door is opened. Integrated into the AMG main menu are display options for engine oil temperature, ESP® mode and gear selection. The rotary control for the C, S, S+ and M transmission modes and RACE START is located on the center console next to the selector lever, which is finished in DINAMICA microfiber.

The C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriesis clear proof that outstanding dynamics and excellent active and passive safety need not be mutually exclusive. Airbags, belt tensioners and belt-force limiters for all seats are part of the standard equipment, as are the ABS anti-lock braking system, the 3-stage ESP®, the tire pressure monitoring system and electronic cruise control.

AMG Track package and AMG Aerodynamics package

AMG has two special packages to offer for even further enhanced dynamics. The AMG Track package comprises 255/35 R 19 front and 285/30 R 19 rear sports tires from Dunlop. They were developed exclusively for the C63 AMG Coupé Black Series and dramatically increase grip. Active cooling on the rear-axle drive unit improves performance under tough race-track conditions. Its cooling module is located in front of the diffuser insert in the rear valance for optimum airflow.

The AMG Aerodynamics package includes exterior winglets made from genuine carbon-fiber on the front valance. There is also a fixed carbon-fiber spoiler at the rear with adjustable aerofoil. Both components not only increase the downforce at the front and rear axle, they also optimize the vehicle’s aerodynamic balance.

The C63 AMG Coupe Black Seriescelebrates its world premiere at the Formula 1 German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring (July 23 – 24, 2011). U.S. market launch will follow in early 2012.

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