• Mar 21, 2011
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hold on to your hats, folks. As if the current 451-horsepower Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG weren't hardcore enough, the folks in Stuttgart are working on an even hotter Black Series version of Merc's BMW M3 killer.

The bulgier fender flares you see here won't be the only visual upgrades – our spies tell us that a new front spoiler will be on deck, as well as a revised rear diffuser with some Formula One-inspired cues. This development car still uses the old front fascia not found on the new-for-2012 car, but we'll probably see the updated headlamps and LED running lights as part of the new package.

The automaker's 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 will still be the powerplant of choice, current intelligence reports suggest we can expect about 510 horsepower on tap – 29 more ponies than the already-potent C63 with the P31 Development Package. That grunt runs through Mercedes-Benz's seven-speed AMG Speedshift transmission, and even with the added Black Series bits, we'd expect that a few pounds have been shaved off of the AMG's curb weight.

Our spies even suggest that a C63 AMG Black Series Coupe is in the works, and it will bow shortly after the sedan's official debut. Consider that a proper successor to the shockingly great CLK63 AMG Black Series that debuted in 2007.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if it'll actually be sold with mismatched front & rear wheels.

      Personally, I like the look of the rear wheels more than the front.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Eh, sometimes the joke goes flat.

        Sorry, guys.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dude, it's a mule. It isn't representative of what the actual car will look like. And that includes the wheels.
        • 3 Years Ago
        they could not afford to match the wheels after filling up the car every 300km :)
        • 3 Years Ago
        ^^^^ Hahaha, someone actually thought you were serious. Kudos to no sense of humor people here. Always manage to bring some fun at own expense (now watch how fiercely they will thumb me down).
      • 3 Years Ago
      It does not look like Black Series to me. I assume it is the BS heart in a regular AMG skin.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Read reply #1 to Comment #1.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much hp is too much hp? My neighbour has a standard C63 and that is plenty fast. The additional hp that the black series is only going to shave tenths of seconds. Are we going to feel any difference if the the 0 - 60 run is 3.9 instead of 4.2sec?

      The hp war is really getting insane, road cars have more power than race cars of only a few years back but the drivers are not getting any more talented.

      Not to be prudish but 300hp and 0-60 time of 5 sec is more than ample in day to day use, I think it is coming to my d*ck is bigger than yours syndrome.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I actually agree. I mean I love driving high horsepower cars as much as the next petrolhead, but they're not nearly as fun to drive as nimble, light cars on public roads. The fact of the matter is that most high hp cars are too big and heavy to have as much fun with safely on public roads (most of them don't ever go to tracks) and I agree that it's a blast to floor a high hp car on an empty straight, but how many of those do you see everyday?
        • 3 Years Ago
        As a very happy 2011 CTS-V owner, you sir have no appreciation for power, speed and the finer things in life. 300hp may be perfect for you but not everyone is you. Oh, and my junk is huge...
        • 3 Years Ago
        My opinion on the matter, it is a horsepower war, everyone loves it but it's hard to respect it, as Mercedes is doing it the ol' American way of things by sticking more displacement to work with. Throw a bigger engine in there and we all hope you get more power.

        The old C-Class (supercharger), S/RS (turbos) and M3 (variable valve timing) used methods to accomplish their greatness.

        Ironically, RS3, 135 M seem to be going back to the way I loved the old B5 RS4 and E46 M3. Yes they are only around 3-something horsepower, but potential for so much more!

        This is one of the reasons I am so looking forward to the new A3 sedan coming, the start of what I missed out on ~10 years ago since I was 19-20. The last ~5 years things started going down hill, and the old B5 is too expensive to maintain.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I kind of agree with you bro. Its gettin stupid and most of the power is never used daily.. or used when the light turns green then all the fun stops at the next light.... oh not to mention these high HP cars get horrible MPG... the stock C63 gets 12 MPG... and that on good driving...

        I love fast cars and alot of power... but its not for me. I'm much more interested in usable power/good MPG. The HP power war is never going to end and its a losing battle... your car is going to the most power at the moment.. but later down the line something else comes out and passes it.. but the HP war is fun to watch. I'll stick with my current car with power I can use all the time and get great MPG at the same time.
        Hubris
        • 3 Years Ago
        I own a C63, and while I understand and respect folks' thoughts on the HP war, light/nimble cars, etc, I really have to say that there is something visceral about feeling all the torque and HP of that NA engine in your gut, and leaving the sunroof open to better hear the exhaust note. I actually look forward to my commute every day and catch myself smiling during it, which ain't a bad thing.

        I don't think it's an either/or proposition--there's room for both raw power and the light/quick. If it's the end of the big displacement area, I'm still glad I got to enjoy this ride.

        Now if you'll excuse me, gotta go fill up. ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sound that comes from the clk63black is nirvana. There is a guy at my gym with one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yawn. Boring look just like an Audi. At least MB models look different from each other. Audi's are all the same looking.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The price will be north of $100k for a C-Class, which is hard to swallow. I picked up my CLK63 Black Series last summer. It was a single (60+ year old) owner example with 6k miles for close to half the original price. They didn't cut any corners with the CLK63 Black with the added hardware and upgrades for track use, and I hope they don't with the C63.
        • 3 Years Ago
        yours will always be the coolest because it has no B Pillar!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Also, the C63 coupe they just unveiled is in DIRE need of flared arches in the back (like every M3, RS, etc model ever made). It looks anemic and narrow without them. I know the reason behind it, rocks hitting the front of the fender. Its why every Black series owner has to get a 3M ClearBra on the fenders.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally a proper competitor to the M3 from Mercedes. I'm really excited to see how the finished product looks!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me, but I like the look of the old head lamps over the new ones. They looked more aggressive before and I liked the eyebrows.
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