I’ve never been a Mercedes-Benz guy, simply because its cars have generally been geared more toward luxury than sport. They’re superbly engineered, and some have genuine sports car capabilities, but these come slathered in burl walnut and tied to an automatic transmission. In short, I can admire Mercedes-Benz automobiles, but I’ve never really lusted after them.
The exception to this rule has been their limited-availability, AMG-tuned Black Series, which I’ve drooled over since the initial “EU only” launch of the SLK55 Black Series in 2006. The Black Series cars are stunning, and they certainly push the envelope of what people expect from Mercedes-Benz. The last Black Series model, an SL65, boasted a twin-turbo V-12, good for 661 horsepower and 738 ft-lb of torque. Only 350 were built during the car’s production run in 2008 and 2009, and calling them a collector’s item is a bit of an understatement.
Now Mercedes has unleashed the next generation of Black Series cars, this time based on the already-fast C63 AMG. The new cars will be the most powerful C-Class cars of all time, and will come with a 6.3 liter V-8 good for 510 horsepower and 457 ft-lb of torque. They’ll also boast a factory coil-over suspension, composite brakes and an available AMG Track Package, which includes ultra-high performance tires and and active cooling for the rear axle. If you’re really serious about tracking your car, there’s even an available AMG Aerodynamics package, which includes splitters and an adjustable carbon-fiber rear spoiler.
Inside, the race-car-for-the-street theme continues, and buyers get their choice of seating configurations. Those who will actually track their cars can opt to delete the rear seat entirely for weight savings, and get two AMG sport seats with massive bolstering for track duty. Those who want a more civilized Black Series coupe can choose the same 2+2 seating as offered in the C63 AMG Coupe.
Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect the C63 AMG Black Series to sell for “considerably more” than the C63 AMG’s starting price of $58,200. The Black Series will be available for sale in the United States beginning next year, but quantities will be limited. If you want one, I’d suggest you put money down with your local Mercedes Benz dealer as soon as possible.