Managing director of Mercedes Car Group in Australia,Horst von Sanden has secured a strictly limited run of 50 examples of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series for the Australia and Pacific region.
Since orders opened in mid November, more than half of this exclusive group of cars has been sold - each with a price tag of $299,000.
The striking coupe is based on the official Formula One safety car, specifically optimised for the racing circuit, it is powered by the iconic AMG 6.3-litre V8 with its performance boosted by 19kW to an enormous 373kW of power and 630Nm.
The sprint to 100km/h shaves 0.3 seconds off the standard 354kW model, taking just 4.3 seconds from a standing start, and going on to an electronically limited top speed of 300km/h.
This performance increase was achieved by completely overhauling the intake and exhaust systems. The high-revving naturally aspirated V8 produces an irresistibly deep bass sound that is unmistakably an AMG.
Power is transferred through an AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC transmission, the final-drive ratio has been shortened by 6 per cent for greater agility when accelerating at any speed. The cogs can be swapped by using the AMG aluminium gearshift paddles on the steering wheel, while the instrument cluster displays the currently selected gear.
More than just a faux-manual, in 'M' mode the transmission will stay in the selected gear, there is no automatic downshift or upshift whilst the paddles are employed to enhance racetrack performance, the cluster conveniently features an icon to indicate the optimum moment to shift gears.
Like its safety-car counterpart, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series also has a newly developed AMG sports suspension. Adjustable coil springs deliver optimum road holding and precision, the driver also has control over ride height, compression and rebound stages of the shock absorbers, the front-axle track and camber, as well as the rear-axle track.
Acceleration skid control (ASR) and the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) have been recalibrated to allow for the more dynamic handling which is assured by the sophisticated AMG threaded suspension with 19-inch AMG forged wheels, new steering and the generously dimensioned AMG high-performance brake system.
Motorsport influences are clearly defined through the intrior, with the dedicated two-seater sports car featuring AMG sports bucket seats covered in flame-retardant nylon velour with white AMG logos, alluring carbon-fibre trim and black headliner.
Customer deliveries of the unlimited AMG special series are due to commence in Australia late in the first quarter of 2008.