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Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series: Black series hero in the super test

Rossen Gargolov
Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series
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N oh the glee, which according to the common bon mot Considered the most beautiful of all joys, it is unquestionably the joy of one's own success that always turns out to be particularly exhilarating and sustainably motivating when nobody expected it. For the makers behind the Black Series project based on the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé, the joy of the Supertest result will probably no longer be that surprising, but they have been entrusted with the development long enough.

Different for future owners of this initially visually remarkable exception: In the future, you will often have the opportunity to look forward to unexpected moments of success, because neither you nor the people around you could ever count on it, under the sign of Sterns to meet such a success-oriented, even combative surprise winner.

Mercedes chases BMW, Porsche and Ferrari

Occasionally with a coupé based on the Mercedes C-Class Going on a Porsche, BMW or Ferrari hunt - who would not find a highly entertaining and surprising item on the program? If the opportunity arises at a suitable point. However, you don't have to saw someone with the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series on the Galgenkopf or in the Hockenheimer Sachskurve to emphasize the specialty of this sports car, which is peppered with motor sports.

Mercedes Coupé with sports car insignia

The lack of seats in the rear, the splinters and flics at the front and the large, fixed rear wing make a respectful impression even without the dramatic background sound on the part of the large-volume V8. The noble origin of Mercedes helps - incidentally - immensely to take away any sharpness from the occasionally burgeoning critical sideways glance at this extroverted piece of automobile - although everyone can see: This latest edition of the 'Black Series' initiated in 2006 is for bringing bread and children to school -Strategy based on the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé probably a bit overqualified.

People with an unbroken weakness for genuineness and authenticity walk when they see this sports car technology that has been carefully prepared down to the last detailimmediately open your heart. And anyone who has a feeling for the necessities of a sports car that is fighting for performance, recognition and good lap times will honor the dedication with which AMG has tackled the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series project. In Affalterbach, the times are finally over when the moment of bliss came solely from the engine power.

V8 with 517 PS in the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series

Nevertheless, our increased interest in the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series in the Supertest is initially the 6.2 liter V8 engine, which - although basically known as type M156 since 2005 and built around 71,000 times since then - represents a special evolutionary stage in this environment. The lightweight crankshaft, the eight forged pistons and the associated, also forged, crack connecting rods are original components from the big block of the large SLS AMG wing door variant. The naturally aspirated engine variant, which has been further developed in parallel to the new V8 biturbo engine generation, is still predestined in terms of its character to make its mark on the sporty environment due to its fixed-speed design.

Given the generous working volume of 6,208 cubic centimeters, there can be no lack of pulling power per se and the torque of 620 Newton meters therefore comes about easily, the developers had nothing more to do than the inertia inside to reduce - with the aim of teasing out an even better response and an even higher level of revving. The supplementary accompanying measures for the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series include a new engine control unit and an oil cooling system that has been improved by 50 percent, which - it is confidently promised - is intended to ensure stability even in tough race track use. This announcement by AMG alone means something ...

The sound of the V8 four-valve engine, which continues to operate with continuous camshaft adjustment on the inlet and outlet side, reveals - how could it be otherwise - the sharpest contours, since there were V8 engines with a 90 degree cylinder angle from Germany. This engine hangs in the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series like doped on the gas, roars, groans, thuds and is - what a relief - but less loud than initially feared. If your head is buzzing, it's not because of the special acoustics, but because of the degree of concentration that has to be expended in view of the public regulations. After all, apart from the goodwill of other road users, there is a lot at stake.

What slumbers under the accelerator of the Supertest candidate is nothing more than pure temptation from idle speed. The combination of suggestive range of services and perfect further processing of PS and Newton meters through the Speedshift MCT 7-speed automatic isin the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series so convincingly that one can easily get dizzy in the sphere of influence of this 'black' magic. As in many other cases of a perfect engine /transmission arrangement, it is primarily not the objective figures that legitimize the Black Series offshoot as a super sports car, but rather the polished presentation of the brilliant forward thrust.

Supertest candidate in 13.9 seconds to 200 km /h

The drive programs S, S + and M as well as the double-declutching and a 'Race Start' function allow a tailor-made Adaptation to the respective purpose, be it in city traffic or on the racetrack. Both in the automated driving mode and when the seven gear steps are called up manually using the shift paddles attached to the steering wheel, this proves to be the ideal tool without a torque converter, but with so-called multiple clutch technology and an MCT transmission operating in an oil bath. The fastest gear changes under full load in the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series now only take 100 milliseconds. The automated gear changes therefore take place without any noticeable interruptions in tractive power and are primarily manifested in highly stimulating voice modulations by the V8 engine.

Admittedly: In terms of measurement technology, the progress in performance compared to the 30 PS weaker base Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé is hardly or not at all apparent. This rather honors the base, which was also upgraded with the Performance Package for the purpose of increasing performance, than it would offend the Black Series variant. Or let's put it this way: The rather marginal performance difference in view of the assembled horsepower array is lost in the overall V8 complex.

Black Series model weighs over 1.7 tons

In addition, the one with even more generous sports tires - exclusive developed Dunlop Sport Maxx Race in the size 255/35 ZR 19 at the front and 285/30 ZR 19 at the rear - as well as with aerodynamic elements that promote downforce (but at the same time disadvantage the drag coefficient), the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series is focused less on the longitudinal dynamic overkill rather than a plus in lateral dynamics. In extreme cases, it can easily be up to 1.4 g that the top athlete, who weighs 1,748 kilograms with a full tank, pushes into the asphalt during the Supertest and thus conclusive evidence of the excellent systems of the new coilover kit and the pure athlete's soul of the new one Sport Maxx Race delivers.

But wait! More than 1.7 tonnes of ready-to-drive mass, despite the cleared rear compartment and an optional carbon package with front splitter, exterior mirror housing, side skirts, diffuser insert and spoiler in real carbon? How does that work? With minus 22 kilograms compared to the 1,770 kilogramsheavy Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé, the weight reduction measures in the Black Series model are, on balance, little more than a sign of goodwill. The sum of a little less weight and a pinch of more power, combined with aerodynamically effective accessories, chassis expertise, and brake and tire technology class, nevertheless result in a dynamic overall work of art that leaves nothing to be desired in the Supertest.

lap times of the C-Class at sports car level

Or would it be given the Mercedes lap time on the Nordschleife C63 AMG Coupé Black Series of 7.46 minutes about reason to doubt the athletic qualification? Or is the lap time of the Supertest candidate on the small circuit in Hockenheim - 1:10, 6 minutes - not reason enough to sing a song about the talent of the Mercedes coupé that AMG has professionally repaired in a short period of time?

With its still manageable size despite the larger track widths - 40 mm at the front and 79 mm at the rear - this very special Mercedes C Class Coupé is almost a natural need to sneak a peek at the well-known heroes of the sports scene to beat. The height-adjustable sports suspension, equipped with modified stabilizers, does its noble task more than justice, because it is not only responsible for an extremely agile and at the same time stable driving behavior, but also allows so much rolling comfort with constant spring and damper characteristics that everyday life is not considered necessary connection stage between the poles Nordschleife and Hockenheimring or Sachsen- and Lausitzring must be considered.

The map for the power assistance of the steering, which has been newly adjusted with regard to higher agility and improved steering precision in the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series - as well as the renewed, meticulous adaptation of the ABS to the changed tire parameters - is a sign of the greatest possible Willingness not to neglect even the supposedly small levers. That is certainly not a matter of course.

Black Coupé costs over 115,000 euros

The braking system in the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series was also powerful Revised: At the front, six-piston fixed calipers and larger-sized discs are used in the motor-sport-proven composite technology - format: 390 by 360 millimeters. On the rear axle, four-piston fixed calipers meet so-called integral discs measuring 360 by 260 millimeters. This concession to the (presumed) higher requirements with regard to the occurring kinetic energy is - thank God - included in the base price of the Supertest candidate.

This is not the case with the so-called 'Track Package', which includes Dunlop sports tires and active rear axle transmission coolingwhich is placed in front of the diffuser insert in the rear apron and is intended to keep the temperature balance of the differential, which is equally locking in push and pull, at a healthy level when used on the racetrack. The aerodynamics package, consisting of the carbon flics on the front apron, the front splitter made of the same material and a fixed rear wing with adjustable wing blade, are also available as accessories for the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series.

Sports car flair included in the interior

Without these, the sweeping successes in the driving dynamics criteria in the Supertest would not be so certain come about. The smart and functional racing atmosphere in the interior is definitely set, including the exquisitely cut bucket seats that are indispensable for optimal vehicle control, which because of their rigid backrest only need to be dispensed with in favor of the normal sports seats if the optional individual seat system in the rear is listed on the wish list.

Red seat belts and the same contrasting stitching on the steering wheel, the seats, the door center panels, the armrests, the center console and the gearshift lever are just as typical of the Black Series as the new AMG Performance Media System, which - just like in racing Common - numerous telemetry recordings as well as various engine data with lateral and longitudinal accelerations and of course the lap times ready on demand It almost goes without saying that this - like almost everything else at Mercedes AMG - has its price.


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