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Democracy, said Winston Churchill, is the worst form of government...except for all the others. You might say the same of the Nürburging. Not the track itself, but the ultimate bragging rights that have emerged from comparing lap times on it. Because while there are countless factors that can affect a car's lap time over such a long circuit, it's still one of the best ways to measure a car's overall performance.

And so the comparisons carry on, especially for German cars that call the Nordschleife their backyard. This time we're looking at the latest slice of awesome wearing the Three Pointed Star, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series coupe, which has reportedly posted a 7:46 lap time at the hands of local publication Sport Auto.

Breaking the eight-minute barrier is an achievement unto itself – one which the standard C63 AMG coupe just barely missed with an 8:01 – but stands up better to comparison: In the same group test, the new Porsche 911 Carrera S barely edged it out at 7:44, while the BMW M3 GTS hit it in 7:48, placing the Black Series right in the middle of the two.

Of course, another test under different conditions, with different drivers on a different day would surely come away with different results. But in an imperfect world, these are as close as we'll get to perfect figures.


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      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      The old CLK 63 Black Series made 7:45.00 with Berndt Schneider behind the wheel and Porsche's official time for the Carrera S is 7:40.00, which is exactly the same as the old GT3. But then again as the article says "another test under different conditions, with different drivers on a different day would surely come away with different results".
      EvilTollMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think AB needs to have a spreadsheet of all car's 'ring times posted and updated every time they post a car's time.
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        Bookmark this: http://www.fastestlaps.com/tracks/nordschleife.html
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, this C63 looks aggressive. Look-At-Me-Yellow might get you the wrong attention. Side profile looks kind of like...a (gritting my teeth) Honda Accord Coupe. I wonder how much this thing is. Any idea?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Tom
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, sure, but being underpowered for its cost isn't an achievement ... it's more than 20 seconds slower than a Viper, GT-R, or Z06, all of which cost less. Then again, I'm guessing no one buys a Porsche for its hp-per-dollar quotient.
          Mike Pulsifer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tom
          HP is only part of the equation. Sadly, it seems as though Americans don't look at anything else.
        over9000
        • 3 Years Ago
        lol.... get the GT-R, it'll be a revelation.
      Georg
      • 3 Years Ago
      here is again a pointless independent car magazine tested northloop laptime (the tester has ONE hot lap to set a laptime) vs factory northloop laptime claiming BS with top race drivers with tons of laps and "factory" modifications to improve perfromance (just look at the Subaru WRX STI laptime which was done by a extrem modified WRX STI with tons of non optional modifications) to get the perfromance of the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series into the right perspective look at the sportauto Hockenheim laptime with no factory laptime claiming BS... Mercedes C63 Coupe Black Series 1:10.6min Corvette Z06 1:11.5min LFA 1:11.0min Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca 1:13.2min Nissan GTR MkI 1:10.7min Nissan GTR MkII 1:10.0min Corvette ZR1 1:09.7min BMW M3 GTS 1:12.5min there the C63 AMG did very well other sidenot from the test... sportauto scale the press car suspension axle geometry setup to look if all setings are in the factory production car claimed setup or if the press car has a handling improving axle geometry setup (which 95% of all tested cars no matter what manufactor have!) the C63 AMG Coupe BS was one of the few cars with standart factory axle geometry setup...
        mitytitywhitey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georg
        You are comparing a fast track to a short track. High-speed tracks favor grip and neutrality. Short tracks favor near auto-X like handing, so you don't have to be totally neutral and can even oversteer or drift and still pull quick times.
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      schoolbus yellow? no wonder the time was so slow. had to stop to pick up kids every few miles.
      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevy Camaro ZL1 did it in 7:41. Makes it look EVEN BETTER. But I love the AMG as well... just saying.
        Georg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @50 AKA Ferrari
        factory claim vs independent tested laptime FAIL.... pretty sure in a independ tested the ZL1 will fail big times to repead the claimed laptime... specially if the car is observed for factory cheating which sportauto does in their supertest... invisible things like not production car axle geometry to improve handling etc..
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @50 AKA Ferrari
        ZL1 7:41, testing and fine tuning by GM for days. AMG 7:46, ONE single hotlap by sportauto. This makes the time by the ZL1 less impressive, really.
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike B
          Cost is irrelevant, really. Anyone who can afford the Black Series and is considering it wont care much about a Camaro.
          50 AKA Ferrari
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike B
          And yet the ZL1 Costs half as much.... ZL1= Win
        • 3 Years Ago
        @50 AKA Ferrari
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          larshafner
          • 3 Years Ago
          the GT2RS did a 7:18 factory lap with 620HP and lightweight, so a 7:14 for the upcoming 991 Turbo is dreamland!
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      the Carrera S and GTR both have back seats. Something the BMW and Merc had to delete.....
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
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      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is somewhat disappointing. I didn't realize the weight of the of this car is almost 3800lbs. I know that about 200lbs less than the regular C63, but for a track oriented car with no backseat, I expected more. This really puts the ZL1's ring time into perspective.
        Hatzenbach
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        and the thing with these GM factory tests is that they use stiffer cars (cause of a rollcage) and lighter bucket seats + 5 point harnesses all for safety reasons, cough, cough
          Hatzenbach
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hatzenbach
          you're absolutely right, but there are 2 kinds of cars: stock cars and modified ones. Comparing stock cars to modified ones doesn't make an sense and if your GM salesman lies if he tells you that your ZL1 beats a c-class black edition out of the box. this comparo just ain't valid
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hatzenbach
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      larshafner
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche > Mercedes, BMW etc.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @larshafner
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      Michael Bertovich
      • 3 Years Ago
      call me crazy, but if you get a car named "Black series", i think the paint should be, I dunno, black rather than pineapple barf yellow.
        over9000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael Bertovich
        but Autobloggers hate monochromatic colours
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      Big, ricey wing. Tacky loud paint. Little fins on the bumper. Insults in the comment section. How, exactly, is this ANY different from a Honda forum?
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