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Next C63 AMG to get at least 500hp
The highly-anticipated E63 AMG Black Series Coupe will be an example of how to build a high-performance vehicle by shedding pounds rather than adding ft-lbs. According to the folks over at AutoCar, who cite their AMG insiders, some power increase is likely but the real performance difference will come as a result of fine-tuning and overall weight reduction rather than upping the output of the 6.2-liter V8. The focus will be more on making a better handling car, rather than one that can blast down a drag-strip a few tenths of a second faster than a standard model.
Considering the current E-Class Coupe weighs around 3,900 lbs, we’d expect the Black Series version to come in at closer to 3,500 lbs.
Interestingly, the E63 Black Series Coupe will be the only AMG version of the C-Class based car. No non-Black Series E63 model will be offered.
Despite being based on the C-Class platform, AMG will not release a Black Series version of the C-Class sedan, as those special limited edition models are reserved only for two-doors.
The next C63 AMG, however, will get a significant power increase, up from the current 457hp to somewhere between 500 and 525hp.
Mercedes is planning to launch a Black Series version of the E-Class Coupe. News of this bad-ass-Benz comes from 4WheelsNews, citing sources inside the company. We can also report that AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg hinted at such a vehicle over a year ago at the launch of the SL65 AMG Black Series.
The new model would be powered by a version of the AMG 6.2-liter V8 engine making at least 500hp. As with previous Black Series models, like the SL65, the E63 AMG Black Series Coupe would get wider fenders with a wider track for improved cornering capabilities. Also look for a seriously stiff suspension and a significantly lighter curb weight.
There is also the strong possibility that the Black Series variant could get the new dual-clutch transmission that Mercedes is currently developing for the upcoming SLS supercar.