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by Tim Beissmann

Just 32 Australians will be able to claim the title of owning the most powerful C-Class ever when the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series goes on sale in April.

 

Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia managing director Horst von Sanden confirmed the exclusive C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series would be priced from $245,000 (before on-road costs) when it launches in around six months.

“This is our third Black Series and it follows on from the success of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series (40 units for Australia/NZ) and the SL 65 AMG Black Series (7 units for Australia/NZ),” Mr von Sanden said.

“The C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series will be limited to a total of 35 units for Australia and New Zealand. Obviously we wanted to get more but, the global customer demand for this latest Black Series (since it was revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show) has seen our allocation limited to just 35 units.”

The C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series is not for the faint-hearted – or those light on credit. At $245,000, the Black is $90,200 more than the standard C 63 AMG Coupe.

So what exactly do you get for the extra spend, which is enough to buy a C 300?

The main changes are made to the 6.3-litre V8 engine, which is bumped up to 380kW of power and 620Nm of torque (an increase of 44kW/20Nm). The extra power helps launch the Black from 0-100km/h in just 4.2 seconds, making it two-tenths faster than the standard C 63 AMG and one-tenth quicker than the AMG Performance Package variant. An AMG rear-axle differential lock is also added to the Black Series model.

On the outside, the Black gets a menacing body kit and 19-inch 10-spoke AMG alloy wheels, both of which will ensure people know you haven’t just bought the run-of-the-mill C 63.

Inside it scores four AMG sports seats finished in Artico/Dinamica with red topstitching and the Keyless-Go system. Illuminated doorsill panels, carbon fibre highlights, and interior and exterior ‘Black Series’ badges round out the package.

If you’re keen on the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Black Series, you’d better be quick. Mr von Sanden said Mercedes-Benz Australia already has a “double-figure order bank” for the car.

Do you think the C 63 AMG Black Series is the ultimate C-Class? Let us know in the comments section below.

Read CarAdvice’s review of the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG sedan.




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