2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series

2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series

No, it's not the wrong picture - the Black Series is actually a silver CLK coupe. If the word black in its name implies sinister looks, though, the name of this Mercedes is spot on.

The regular CLK63 AMG uses a 475-hp version of AMG's sonorous 6.2-liter V-8 and is available as a convertible only. The Black Series gives that car twenty-five more horsepower for a round 500, a fixed roof, and a serious shot of testosterone.

Shown for the first time at the 2007 New York Auto Show as part of AMG's 40th birthday celebration, the CLK63 Black Series is unquestionably the most butch car in the Mercedes stable. It's loosely based on Mercedes' Formula 1 Safety Car, sharing that car's sports exhaust and limited-slip rear differential (which has its own oil cooler and - get this - thermostatically-controlled cooling fan).

What you'll notice first, though, is the body kit. In addition to the real carbon fiber flared fenders, rear spoiler, and diffuser, the CLK63 Black Series has an almost comically aggressive front and rear aprons and side skirts.

The CLK63 coupe rides on lightweight forged aluminum, nineteen-inch AMG wheels, nine inches wide front, nine and a half rear. Tires are 30-series Pirelli P Zero Corsas, 265mm wide front, 285mm rear. And behind those wheels and tires reside vented and cross-drilled composite rotors measuring a massive 14.2 inches front, 13.0 rear.

The CLK63 Black Series also has a larger radiator and second transmission oil cooler, helping keep things chilled during the 4.1-second sprint to sixty or while cruising at the electronically limited top speed of 186 mph.

Mercedes hasn't announced pricing yet, but we've already put in a request for a Four Seasons Black Series car. And bought a couple of new Valentine One radar detectors.

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