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2012's Best Car Porn
Shaping and sculpting sheet metal into something both beautiful and functional is an intensive undertaking that automakers spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars on. And to bring these cars justice, photographers and videographers spend hundreds of hours capturing just the right angle, and finding that one magical location.
So for your viewing pleasure, AutoGuide has gathered up the best-of-the-best automotive photography and videos from the past year, and compiled them all here in one place.
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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 vast majority of us will never get to experience a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series up close and personal, so the German luxury automaker decided to take the liberty of creating an app for fans to enjoy some media on their Apple devices.
The app showcases what makes the C63 AMG Black Series Coupe so exciting with highlights on its styling, racing atmosphere, and performance. You can browse through specs of the Black Series Coupe, download dynamic wallpapers, and even share the iPad experience with your friends on Facebook.
Hit the source after the break on your Apple device to download the app.
The Nurburgring circuit is the measuring stick many look toward to test a vehicle’s capacity in a single lap. It’s a hell of a track that puts the most performance oriented cars and drivers through their paces better than any other, that’s why claiming a good time is such a great thing there.
Cadillac is currently testing their ATS compact sports coupe there to get it ready for release, but today we’re looking at numbers boasted by the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series courtesy of Sport Auto, a local publication.
The German brute sliced 15 seconds off its less aggressive C63 AMG sibling to earn an impressive 7:46 lap time. That tucked the car right between the other two being tested that day: the Porsche 911 Carrera S which won with 7:44, and right ahead of the BMW M3 GTS at 7:48.
While calling any AMG tame feels like an affront to enthusiasts everywhere, there are serious go-fast features on the long-labelled Black Series version, including a staggering 517 horsepower (66 more than the lesser C63 AMG).
GALLERY: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series
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:
Last week we were treated to Mercedes-Benz‘s release of the C63 AMG Black Series, and this week we’re treated to photos of the track and aero package that will be options available to C63 AMG Black Series owners. The goal of either package (or both) is to enhance the already awesome driving experience the C63 AMG Black Series will offer, allowing customers to not only make their C63 look different but perform much more aggressively on the track.
Starting with the track package, the C63 AMG Black Series will be outfitted with 255/35/19 (front) and 285/30/19 (rear) Dunlop rubber. Noticeably missing from the press release was a model for the Dunlop tires, but AMG did elaborate by stating that the tires were specifically designed for the C63 Black Series and are guaranteed to enhance gripping performance. Additional reliability comes from active rear-axle transmission cooling. The cooler is located in the rear apron allowing airflow to pass through it efficiently.
The Aero Package will outfit the already aggressive C63 Black Series with a pair of carbon fiber splitters on each side. The front splitter, also constructed of lightweight carbon fiber, is functionally tuned on the Aero Package, while the rear gets an adjustable rear spoiler for track use. All of these components have been tuned to enhance the Black Series’ aerodynamic performance.
Unfortunately no pricing was announced for the packages, but we’re guessing if you’re already OK with the C63 AMG Black Series’ MSRP of around $165,000 – a few thousand more for enhanced performance won’t be much.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Track and Aero Package
[Source: Jon Sibal]