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We’ve all experienced it at one point while behind the wheel: the frustration of being stuck behind someone going terribly slow around a corner.
The fearsome Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe is going to be taking on an arguably tamer role than its used to. Instead of laying rubber on a track, it will be the official safety car of this season’s DTM Season.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe DTM Safety Car
The 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show gave us our first look at the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe in the flesh. Despite the ridiculously long name, the car is a certified badass, with a 6.2L V8 packing 517 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. This will likely be the final application for the big 6.2L engine before AMG switches over to its 5.5L twin-turbo version.
19″ wheels, a special aerodynamics package and AMG sport seats are the notable changes from the regular C63 Coupe. One interesting option are the available rear seats, with Mercedes forcing you to pay more for the privilege of being able to carry rear seat passengers. The rest of the interior is all business, finished in black Alcantara, while a tuner-esque aluminum wing lets other plebians know just what they’re dealing with.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe
See video of the C63 AMG Black Series Coupe from Frankfurt after the jump:
The video (below the jump) is the stunt that was most voted on by fans of the Mercedes-Benz Facebook page. So if it’s not extreme enough, you have a lot of people to blame.
How about a C111 rotary gullwing jumping the St. Lawrence? Why not a bunch of E-Class convertibles and GLKs in a symphonic destructo-thon? Alas, those harebrained ideas detract from the impressiveness of this stunt already, where a C63 AMG coupe drifts figure-eights around a pair of C63 AMG sedans. It’s no Saab Suite, but it’s still pretty damn cool.
It’s only a matter of time before the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG gets adopted by the Ed-Hardy-and-hair-gel crowd as the official car of the Flash and the (steroid-fueled) Furious, but Mercedes has at least put out a video showing some decent b-roll footage of the car being driven at speed.
The 451-horsepower coupe is arguably the most desirable of the C63 range – aside from the awesome C63 wagon, which North American consumers can’t buy. Check out the videos below the jump.
If you want an aggressive looking Mercedes-Benz C-Class but can’t ante up for the psychotically delightful C63 AMG, the 2011 C350 BlueEFFICIENCY equipped with the AMG appearance package might be a suitable bridge between the standard car and the V8 demon lurking at the top of the C-Class food chain.
LED running lights and new front and rear fascias complement the aesthetic side of things, as do new 7-spoke alloy wheels. Under the hood, the 306-horsepower sedan can still get 35 mpg thanks to a start-stop system. The C63 could never hope the match that kind of mileage.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz C350 BlueEFFICIENCY
The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG will get some significant tweaks for 2012, with an official debut at March’s Geneva Auto Show. Arrving this summer as a 2012 model, the biggest news is the addition of Mercedes’ 7-speed MCT gearbox, used in the SL63 and other top-tier AMG cars previously.
While the C63 makes 451 horsepower and 443 lb-ft in standard trim, an available AMG Performance Package can boost that figure 481 horsepower, putting it well above its rivals from BMW, Lexus and Audi. The Performance Package engine has a number of fundamental changes, including forged pistons, lighter connecting rods, a redesigned crankshaft, remapped ECU and red brake calipers. A carbon fiber rear wing is also present. A limited slip differential is available as a no cost option.
Among the cosmetic changes are revised LED head and tail lamps, new alloy wheels and a redesigned diffuser.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG has been given a mild facelift for 2011, with a new front end treatment and an updated cabin that features some revised trim pieces, a new steering wheel and redesigned seats.
The 6.2L V8 carries over from the previous model, while the upcoming coupe will use AMG’s 5.5L twin turbo V8. Audi uses a similar strategy with the S4 and S5 (though in reverse order), so fans of the muscle car-esque V8 will have to opt for the four-door to get the NASCAR rumble that AMG products are famous for.
Mercedes-Benz is readying a coupe version of their C63 AMG, to compete with the current bevy of super coupes like the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, BMW M3 and Audi RS5.
The C63 AMG Coupe will use the now-redundant 6.2L V8 along with Mercedes’ new 7-Speed MCT automatic. Power is expected to be 450 horsepower for the base car, with AMG offering a performance package that will bump output to 480 horsepower.
Designed specifically to compete with the German and American offerings, a C63 Coupe Black Series is also rumored to be in the works, and should help take performance to the next level, especially in light of the Europe-only M3 GTS.
If there’s one thing the world doesn’t need, its more matte colored cars. We suppose its somewhat more palatable when it comes in the form of the limited edition Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG DR520.
DR520 stands for “Dyno Rated 520 horsepower” – and the 4.1 second 0-60 time seems to confirm that the power upgrades give the car an advantage over the standard C63. We do like the upgraded brakes and the other features available on the AMG Performance Pack, but the matte black or white vinyl wrap is less than desirable if you’re over the age of 25.
Fortunately, the 20 examples of this car will be available only in the UK, meaning that regular C63 owners won’t feel inadequate should they ever run into a DR520 and realize that they no longer have the latest and greatest Merc.
Hit the jump to read the official press release