Leaked: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Revealed Early

Yes, the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is very powerful, what with 451 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque producedby a 6.2-liter V-8 engine. But for Benz fans seeking even more performance, Mercedes will soon launch the potent C63 Black Series. Thanks to leaked photos from Blog Automobile (no relation, we swear), we have an early look at this beastly machine.

The French website says the Black Series employs a modified version of the 6.2-liter V-8 engine good for 517 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. As noted, the standard C63 AMG makes 451 hp, and can be upgraded to 481 hp with the optional AMG Development Package. The car is also said to weight 44 lbs less than a regular C63, allowing it to blast from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.0 seconds before hitting a top speed approaching 186 mph. In contrast, Mercedes says the current car with the AMG pack can run 0-to-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and is limited to 174 mph.

As befits a higher-performance AMG model, Blog Automobile says the Black Series rides on lowered, firmer suspension, and wears massive brakes (six-piston calipers in front; four-piston units out back) to scrub all that speed. The car also reportedly uses tougher rear-end components and a limited-slip differential from the E-Class -- if so, we expect the parts were pinched from the go-fast E63 AMG.

The Black Series treatment, of course, entails a vented hood, flared fenders to fit the wider tires, a subtle trunk lid spoiler, larger front air intakes, and new, larger wheels. Keeping driver and passenger squarely in place are fantastic looking bucket seats -- but if past cars are any example, crash-test regulations will prevent these buckets from appearing on American-spec cars. Still, the interior boasts an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, black leather upholstery with red stitching, red seat belts, and unique aluminum pedals.

Mercedes-Benz has yet to release the official scoop on the C63 AMG Black Series, but it will reportedly bow in Germany this November. It should appear in other European markets by early 2012 and will hopefully make its way to the U.S. market soon after.

Source: Blog Automobile

I'd love to see a C63 vs. M3 comparison if one doesn't already exist.

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