Mercedes-Benz and AMG have fittingly selected the German Formula One Grand Prix to unveil the new flagship C-Class, as it is one of the most highly focused track cars in the AMG line-up. The new coupe replaces the previous CLK AMG Black Series coupe, offering that same level of aggressive styling and track-focused chassis and suspension, as well as an equally focused interior layout.
The C 63 AMG Coupe Black gets AMG's 6.2-litre V8 producing 380kW of power and 620Nm of torque. AMG says the coupe is able to sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds, thanks, in part, to a SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed transmission.
Handling-wise, the Black Series is fitted with an adjustable suspension kit incorporating coilover springs and shocks at all four corners. AMG has also fitted a new limited-slip differential which is able to provide up to 100 percent lock, sending full power to both of the rear wheels.
Inside, the C 63 Black Series gets a set of racing bucket seats, covered in DINAMICA and Alcantara, while the rear seats have been removed completely to save weight. The rest of the interior is trimmed in matching Alcantara and microfibre materials.
The main, most obvious feature over the normal C 63 AMG Coupe is of course the imposing bodykit. The kit includes various air intakes at the front to draw air into the engine and front brakes, while the wheel arches incorporate heat extracting vents to let the hot air back out, also providing downforce and aerodynamic efficiency.
Mercedes-Benz says the new C 63 Black Series will go on sale in January 2012 with prices starting at 115,430 euro (around $153,000). Australian deliveries are expected to take place halfway through 2012.