Regulations and a focus on efficiency is leading a lot of manufacturers to abandon naturally-aspirated V-8 engines for turbocharged six-cylinder variants. Ford’s EcoBoost, anyone? For the most part, that is OK with us too. It’s nice to see some large V-8s out there though, and one can be found in the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Edition.
After some rumors and leaked information, Mercedes is confirming a new Black Edition range-topper for the C63 AMG Coupe. Sedan and wagon models aren’t included, cementing the Black Editions hard core reputation.
Despite being called Black Edition, Mercedes has chosen to show it off in a bright red – you can order yours in any color you like. The C63 AMG is the most powerful C-Class of all time, packing 510 horsepower and 457 foot pounds of torque under that hood. Those figures are up significantly over the C63 AMG’s 451 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
It is generated by a 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated AMG V-8. For duty in the Black Edition, the V-8 is upgraded with forged pistons and connecting rods, along with a new crankshaft and oil cooler sourced from the SLS AMG that is 50 percent larger in surface area. In preliminary testing, Mercedes estimates the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series will shoot from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. We think it may end up being even quicker than that though.
To adequately stop all that power, the braking system has been given a heavy-duty upgrade. There are “race-proven” six-piston composite (two-piece) brakes up front 15.35 x 1.42 inches in diameter. Out back there are four-piston 14.17 x 1.02 integral disks. The calipers are painted red and the rotors perforated and ventilated at each corner.
Visually, the car is menacing and well, stunning. The Black Edition clearly means business. One of the first visual changes readily apparent is the new lightweight alloy wheels.
They are forged and reduce overall weight by 24.2 pounds. New fenders have been fitted to accommodate wider tracks to the tune of 2.2 inches up front and 3.3 inches in the rear. The car has been lowered, and there are new adjustable coil-over suspension components under the skin, along with an AMG rear differential lock.
The C63 AMG Black Edition is being revealed on July 23rd at the Formula 1 German Grand Prix held at the Nurburgring race track. European markets will get the Black Edition in January 2012, with deliveries to the United States and China scheduled in March.