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Vital Stats

Engine:
6.2L V8
Power:
510 HP / 457 LB-FT
Transmission:
7G-Tronic
0-60 Time:
4.0 Seconds
Top Speed:
186 MPH
Drivetrain:
Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
3,770 LBS
Seating:
2
Uncorking This Road-Legal DTM Coupe At Laguna Seca



Turn Two at Laguna Seca is one of racing's more interesting creations. Get it wrong here and the rest of your lap will get really grumpy really fast. The AMG-Mercedes people thankfully gave us around 20 hot laps in their new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series over the course of the day – enough that we were able to get into a groove for the final 16 sorties or so. GT cars of about this size, setup and power tend to take to Laguna Seca like yuppies to mesquite.

And so we cooked all day in a fully accoutered C63 Black Series. The fixins' on our coupe went well beyond the standard model's race-car-for-the-road spec: Track Package, Aerodynamics Package, AMG Performance Media suite, Exterior Carbon Fiber Package, 19-inch matte black forged light alloy wheels and a fire extinguisher. We'd have preferred if some of these options actually came as standard equipment, but last we checked, we don't own and run Daimler. Not yet anyway.

Goosing the well-weighted throttle pedal to the floor at the right moment in second gear out of Laguna Seca's insidious Turn Eleven left-hander, the C63 Black Series filled all of Monterey County with its divine quad-barrel noise. The sound was almost enough to make that difficult corner worth tolerating.
2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series side view2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series front view2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series rear view

There are a few marquee straights in the racing world, and Laguna Seca has one of the very best. The C63 Black Series' 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 is an already legendary mill, and in this guise, it's damned close to perfection. All along the slight left-bending straight with its blind crest (just prior to dive-bombing into Turn Two on hammered brake discs), this large-of-lung naturally aspirated V8 belted out its soundtrack like opera. Its 510 horsepower peaking at 6,800 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque maxing out at 5,200 rpm felt uncommonly flexible and at the ready. At a curb weight of 3,770 pounds, The Black Series isn't a featherweight, but it feels solid and mostly better for it.

The requisite superficial bonehead percentage of buyers for this type of car should be kept to a minimum.

But is this Black Series (or any AMG, or Audi RS, or BMW M, or Cadillac V...) simply a poseurmobile, a trophy wife for well-heeled men gathering dust? Barring the ten hours needed to debate this, just ask: Does the C63 Black Series really nail things dynamically to the point where its red meat attitude scares away the wannabes?

Our heaping dose of the Black – fully optioned, mind you – convinced us that this coupe has been done right. The requisite superficial bonehead percentage of buyers for this type of car should be kept to a minimum. We hope this is borne out, because this is a terrifically balanced car that ticks all the right boxes in the way it handles at the hairy limits on a great track. Like a Mitsubishi Evolution in its class, or a Porsche Cayman R in its habitat, this six-figure Merc deserves the best, most capable owners possible.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series engine

After learning the braking point down into the first left hairpin from 120 miles per hour, then understanding the most effective turn-in point, the C63 Black Series revealed itself through the curves that followed as an honestly race-inspired proposition. Each front 19-inch wheel weighs about 5.5 pounds less than a standard AMG wheel, while each of the rear wheels peels off around 6.5 pounds apiece. The AMG-specific speed sensitive steering ratio of 13.5:1 with a lock-to-lock of 2.2 turns has been made even more direct on the Black through an extra 1.6 inches of front track width, with the rear track swelling by 3.1 inches. Top it all off with the sturdier coil-over adjustable KW damper set that lowers the car around six-tenths of an inch, clamp on 15.4-inch Brembo carbon composite brake discs up front, and it's plain to see that this AMG was designed to be a crisply responsive piece that belies its size.

Throughout our time on this California playground, steering tracked faithfully to any line we aimed for, throttle response was immediate but not nasty, and we abused the brakes all day without any sign of excessive fade. We kept the rotary dial for the AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed gearbox (Controlled Efficiency, Sport, Sport+, Manual and Race start) in Manual all day, the three-mode ESP in its Sport calibration, and the optional AMG button (for all the interfaces of the Performance Media suite) lit red. Improving our day-long track experience was the available Track Package that endowed our car with Dunlop Sport Maxx Race tires – 255/35 R19 front, 285/30 R19 rear – and a much needed small additional radiator mounted in the diffuser to cool the hard-working rear differential. The latter, in case you were wondering, is a mechanical unit with 60 percent locking action in acceleration and 50 percent during deceleration. Standard tire size, by the by, is 255/35 R19 all around.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series front fender2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series hood2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series rear wing2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series rear diffuser

Thus tricked out, the Black Series comes very close to race spec, the diff's locking action out back having required some fine tuning of the suspension in order to neutralize occasional understeer. Camber on the front and rear wheels has been increased to help out in the dynamic fight as well. As prepped and set up to our dynamic liking, the C63 Black Series let its tail slip out just right to meet the correct line as we dialed in the power in second or third gear out of each turn.

Only under the hardest of braking did we ever truly notice the car's weight, the nose lowering just a tick too much. Maybe 250 fewer pounds and a lower setting for the dampers would do the trick. Aside from this, we were really pleased with the speed the Black allowed us to carry throughout this challenging 11-turn circuit. Plummeting through the Corkscrew in particular was more fun than any amusement park ride – there was no uncertainty whatsoever as the amped C63 dropped and sailed through without us needing to consult the brakes.


A more significant problem resides in this Benz's seven-speed gearbox and its paddle shifts in Manual mode. The software as programmed for our track time was entirely too slow and overprotective, with doable downshifts electronically disallowed because of a seemingly irrational fear of over-revving, and upshifts frequently took too long to be effected. This is a Black Series with the Track Package and various other bells and whistles... we want our shifts and we want them now. Director of all engine and powertrain development at AMG, Friedrich Eichler, completely agreed with us and others who shared this frustration. He and other AMG bosses pledged that a solution would be in place by the time European deliveries begin in January. After all, this iteration of the M156 V8 has forged pistons, connecting rods and a crankshaft taken straight from the SLS AMG gullwing, so the stress tolerances of this engine should be more than up to the task. Affalterbach and Stuttgart needn't worry so much.

In the main, there were red and white C63 Black Series on hand for our track day. We shot our track video in a red car, but we just had to beg the AMG folks to hand us this bespoke "SolarBeam" orange example for photographic purposes. This brave color just looked the business thanks to its low-hung chassis, Aerodynamics Package with carbon fiber aero canards on the lower front corners and 50-inch wide, four-degree adjustable rear wing on seven-inch tall stanchions. The blackened forged light alloys came off looking hot, too. All this heat naturally comes at a price calculated in fuel use: a full 21.1-gallon tank can theoretically last 406 miles. We burned through half a tank in our twenty flying laps, or around 45 miles. But who's counting?

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series on track2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series on track2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series on track2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series on track

On the inside, the two seats are manually adjusted carbon composite buckets. The rear chairs have been ripped from the cabin without mercy, not unlike the old CLK 63 AMG Black Series. This is the main difference that accounts for the Black's slightly lower curb weight versus the standard C63 AMG Coupe. You'll notice the satin finish pedal set with grippy dots, the AMG three-spoke multi-function steering wheel and universally sporty carbon veneers. Throughout our day, the seats offered just the right amount of support whenever the lateral g-forces built up. Visibility to the outside world is reassuringly vast, so we didn't have to stretch our necks out of joint to determine where to place the inside wheel when cornering, and a decent view out back assured we could see our fellow hot foots storming along behind and calmly keep them at a safe distance.

Fun and games ensue with the optional AMG Performance Media system that's programmed through the onboard COMAND display borrowed from the SLS AMG. Its various functions work impeccably, to the point that it's almost a little too tempting to glance over at the readout while you're hammering along. The informative details this system provides is likely one of the best driving school tools possible short of having a pro sitting shotgun (the g-force matrix and circuit lap time functions being our favorite), but it's important to keep one's eyes on the tarmac ahead.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series interior2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series front seats2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series acceleration timer2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series button

Roughly two-thirds of the way through our healthy lap allotment, we tore off a lap with the three-stage ESP overlord completely off. Man, oh, man, can there ever be little forgiveness if you get the line a little wrong through a tough corner. While the C63 Black Series is really well tempered and most miscues can be reeled by simply lifting off the gas a little, we'll need more time to figure the absolute right line at speed to fully trust ourselves when all of the AMG's nannies are sent home. Besides, the Sport ESP thresholds on the Black are pretty liberal – enough so that we never felt the systems clamping down rudely and unnecessarily on our enthusiasm.

Lamentably, we didn't have the opportunity to try out the Black Series on the street (we'll have to save that adventure for another day), and we didn't have the chance to try the car's Race Start function, but AMG estimates 4.0 seconds flat for the run to 60 mph, and top speed is pegged at a respectable 186 mph.



According to officials, there are no other C-Class Black Series models planned, and the coupe will be delivered only between January and May of 2012 with no set total production number announced. Pricing has not been disclosed yet, either, though we'd put the base price at around $125,000 and we don't expect any C63 AMG Black Series to leave a Benz dealer for less than $135,000. With fewer than 100 examples destined for the U.S., we wouldn't be surprised if there's some price gouging, at least initially. Provided Eichler and Company live up to their pledge to whip the transmission's electronics into shape – and even if buyers have to pay a bit more than sticker – we figure it'll be worth it for what amounts to a righteous, tire-smoking sendoff to one of the best V8s the world has ever known.


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      drewpy
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think it looks tough....but then again, i really want a legacy gt specb- so this thing is out of my range by a magnitude of 5...so whatever..
      Malhaar
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really do like this car a lot. But I have a feeling the price of this thing is gonna be up in the 100K region if that's so, I think I would much rather settle with the Jag XKR-S, but that's just me.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        dtremit
        • 3 Years Ago
        He didn't say they copied it, just that it looked similar. That being said, your facts are wrong; the Accord Coupe concept was unveiled in January 2007 at the NAIAS. If nothing else, M-B certainly had plenty of time to avoid the similarity before they introduced the C coupe variant for MY2012.
        prettypnoyboi69
        • 3 Years Ago
        The design language for the C Class came out in 2007, Accord coupe came out 2008. Your opinion is now invalidated.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @prettypnoyboi69
          Moron, he was talking about the C-Class Coupe, which came out earlier this year.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        i doesn't it. it has just a kinda similar window line in the rear part.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        I see some similarities for sure.
      EJD1984
      • 3 Years Ago
      Black Series, and it's yellow............hmm LOL
        Saracen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EJD1984
        It's named the Black Series because regardless of the paint, its soul is black as night.
          EJD1984
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Saracen
          I know. Just injecting a bit of humor. :-)
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's rather telling that the CTS-V is the new measuring stick, at least in terms of performance. This car costs twice as much but the question is, can it beat the V? That's a race I want to see!
        PatrickH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        LOL, this car would easily beat the CTS-V...around any track...period.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      The car for smalled d*cked men...
        Bart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        As opposed to the V8 pickups and SUVs all over the US?
      lesanepcr0oks
      • 3 Years Ago
      where are all the mustang fanboys telling us how the GT500 is faster than this car?
        FriskyDingo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lesanepcr0oks
        Give it time, give it time. We probably also have the Mustang to thank for this car's existence somehow.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FriskyDingo
          You sound SO UPSET! It is adorable.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FriskyDingo
          I think the majority of Mustang fans recognize the superiority of a beast like this Merc, it isnt an overhyped, overstylized, overweight, and underwhelming 5th gen Camaro (with the possible exception of the ZL1, nobody can say that is underwhelming right now). The Mustang created a need for Chevy to create and then later revive the Camaro, but an AMG couldnt care less about any cheap tacky muscle/pony car.
          FriskyDingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FriskyDingo
          Maybe I should have inserted this- /sarcasm
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mercedes is just doesn't get it. This car, in regular form, is a ripoff compared to the M3 or RS5. It has a worse interior, it doesn't handle as well, it drives like an applaince with a big engine, and it has inferior performance numbers. The fact that they are charging $90k for a small bump in power just proves my pojnt.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Easy on the haterade, there. The bog standard C63 will devour an RS5 and M3 in a straight line, and handle much better than the dull, understeery RS5. It drives like a maniac, has a decently luxurious interior, and doesnt need revving to 8000rpm to get full power. Aside from a dim witted auto (no manual or fab DSG) the C63 is easily as good as an M3, and this Black looks to be like an absolute hoot to drive.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Please drive both. The M3 HANDS DOWN has the more fun experience. It outhandles the C63 in every way possible. Okay, so the C63 is fast in a straight line. Big whoop. It STILL is overweight, doesn't handle as well as an M3 OR RS5 (this loses out in handling and skidpad tests, as well as lap times), looks boring next to the gorgeous M3 and RS5, and have you ever been inside the interior? It is CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP. MB makes some of the least competitive products in the luxury market.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          *$125k*
      BigFlip
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm. What's got two more seats, only offered in a manual, is HALF the price and packs AWD? Oh, that's right, a TT-RS. I can only imagine the wonderful battle these two cars would provide on Seca against each other.
        PatrickH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BigFlip
        The C63 Black Series would whip an Audi R8 around Seca or any other track. The TT-RS even moreso.
          PatrickH
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          LOL at the people that voted my comment down. I'm just stating reality. I would kill to own the TT-RS, but don't kid yourself people. The Porsche 911 Turbo can hit 60 in less than 3 seconds but I highly doubt it is faster than this car. AWD 0-60 times fool people. Kevin hit the nail on the head.
          Kevin Dunsky
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          assuming BigFlip is talking to me, yeah i've read the reviews and I know they've gotten great with quattro, but when it comes down to it, it's always going to understeer a bit. With the new Quattro systems being able to split torque to the rear, you can definitely induce oversteer but compared to a car with RWD, I'd be willing to bet you could notice the difference. Normally I would agree on the lack of power not being a huge issue with the RS being down on weight too, but that being said, being on a track is not 0-60 time. It's 40-120 or 50-100 sprints and the RS, while being great on launches, will not compete with a car that's got more power when it comes to those sprints. Like I said, it's epic for launches but it's not going to hold a candle to the C63 when they're already moving. I'd still like to see the comparo though. Would make for an interesting little battle.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          AWD 0-60 times ALWAYS confuse people. If we're talking redlight racing, great. Relevant number. If we're talking race track racing, great. Irrelevant number.
          BigFlip
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          I agree with you on the seats. I pilot an A4 6MT with quattro too and agree that understeer rears its ugly head, but the reviews on the RS have suggested that it all but doesn't exist. The RS's lack of power is nullified by identical runs to 60 with the C63. Being down almost 500 pounds on the C63 should allow for significantly later braking. I think you'd be surprised how close a track comparison between these two cars on Laguna Seca would be.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          It would whip a TTRS, but an R8 would make a C63 its bitch on any racetrack. Due to lower weight, better aero, etc, a V8 R8 would be pretty close in a straight line to the AMG, but walk it in the corners and braking. A V10 would just destroy any Mercedes short of an SLS or SLR on a racetrack, especially considering it makes more power, weighs less, is better balanced, more aggressively tired, better chassis setup, and less intrusive, more helpful electronic aids. An R8 doesnt have Audi understeer, in fact, it could drift just as easily as a RWD car.
          me
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          So much hate for PatrickH in these comments but he is probably correct.
          Kevin Dunsky
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          now hold up. I never said a C63 BS would beat an R8. bring it to that and the R8 would be laughing at this car. Same as the 911 Turbo. If you've ever driven either (I've been lucky enough to drive both) the AWD on those cars is almost irrelevant. ESPECIALLY the 911 Turbo. That will whoop on anything due to the type of AWD system they have where they can (and do) split torque up to 80% to the rear (maybe more? anyone know?). This is a great car and it will likely do great against the TT-RS, but a manual R8, especially in V10 guise, will walk it.
          ccs001100
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          This car was lapping Laguna Seca in the 1:36's driven by Bernd Schneider, that put's it in some pretty good company (http://www.fastestlaps.com/tracks/laguna_seca.html) http://www.teamspeed.com/forums/amg/66773-first-drive-mercedes-c63-amg-coupe-black-series-california-screaming.html
        Kevin Dunsky
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BigFlip
        Let's be honest here. The back seats in the TT-RS are a joke. maybe an amputee could fit back there. And the RS is down considerably on power. AWD is great for launching but around the track it tends to understeer. That's been the biggest gripe about all of Audi's uber sports cars has it not? And I LOVE audi by the way. I own an A4 and Quattro is a blast in the snow and rain but on a track it's just not up to par. I really doubt that the RS would give this much of a challenge.
      kaneda
      • 3 Years Ago
      So let's see...510bhp for $125,000 for the Merc, and 650bhp for 60K for the Shelby GT500...any questions. Guys who buy these ego-driven cars want to win and be the best on the block. This riced-out Benz just looks ridiculous. Almost like a wearing a tuxedo with the sleeves cut off. I used to think AMG's were too understated, but now they look too over stated. They need to find the right balance. This car just looks silly. Like Frankenstein put it together.
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kaneda
        A few things you likely missed. Drive them both over some bumpy roads. Try to turn. Try to locate the back massaging switch, or air cooled seating switch, or infrared night vision switch in the GT500. One of the many gadgets you won't find in the Ford. If rich people were just worried about going fast they would have bought a 20 year old mustang and retrofit it with a nice fully built twin-turbo V8 while still spending less than 60K while enjoying 9 second quarters. They aren't worried about that, they want street cred and luxury. These mercs are "good-enough" for going fast while providing awesome luxury. The part that separates them from you is that they drive the Black series as a daily driver to and from work while their "faster-than-a-gt500" customs are all sitting in locked garages somewhere and only come out for the track. You probably daily drive your fastest car and have it all torn up in 5-10 years. Theirs will be handed down to their extended family. Your concern only about speed shows how poor you are....
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          There is no back massaging, air cooling, or infrared night vision in this car either. By the way, despite your massive hate for Ford products, the current 2012 GT500 can take turns pretty well and is a very calm car over bumps. Just because it has an LRA, doesn't mean it can't turn and it's uncomfortable to drive.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Wow. You, are in idiot.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          And of course, I misspelled a word...
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          @Elmo, to be fair, Acid did say *bumpy* roads, where a live axle loses its game about as easily as a rear engine car succums to lift off oversteer. On smooth roads, a Boss or GT500 would be very, very good. But on bumpy streets? Not so nice. I think, for once, Acid, you are in the right.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Krishan, before actually making comments like that, DRIVE THE DAMN CARS. Everything seems to be repeated trash from auto rags instead of personal experience. I live in Tampa, Florida. A large city with a huge problem with good quality roads. I've driven the 2012 GT500. It isn't as harsh as everyone seems to think or want to believe after reading some trash auto rag.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ridiculous color, ridiculous concept, ridiculous body kit, ridiculous price, ridiculous ride. I'll never consider getting a black series, a friend of mine took a wash, no a down pour over resale value on the CLK Black Series and though the car is RAW, it's not that fast by sport car standards in the 100k price range. I don't know who will buy this car, a $130k car with an automatic transmission that looks like a riced up $30k Benz. It's epic ridiculous, but it takes ridiculous to make history. So I give it a thumbs up, and whoever is ridiculous enough to buy one.
      Kip
      • 3 Years Ago
      "But is this Black Series (or any AMG, or Audi RS, or BMW M, or Cadillac V...) simply a poseurmobile, a trophy wife for well-heeled men gathering dust? " "A more significant problem resides in this Benz's seven-speed gearbox and its paddle shifts in Manual mode. The software as programmed for our track time was entirely too slow and overprotective, with doable downshifts electronically disallowed because of a seemingly irrational fear of over-revving, and upshifts frequently took too long to be effected. " It seems like you may have answered your own question.
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