Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series
28th July, 2011
Spectacular design, technology transfer from the world of motor sport
and driving dynamics at the highest level; the new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series embodies the new
AMG brand claim, Driving Performance, like no other AMG model. The new high-performance vehicle is the most powerful
C-Class of all time, boasting a maximum output of 380 kW and a maximum torque of 620 newton metres. The AMG 6.2-litre
V8 engine impresses with its hefty torque, tremendous pulling power and responsiveness, and ensures high-calibre
performance: the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds (all data
provisional). Exclusive fun at the wheel comes courtesy of the adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension, the AMG
high-performance compound braking system and the functional standard equipment. The AMG Track Package is available as
an option to enhance driving dynamics even further. It boasts sports tyres and active rear-axle transmission cooling,
plus the AMG Aerodynamics package including flics, a functionally tuned front splitter and an adjustable carbon-fibre
Broad, low, brawny and ready to pounce from a standstill – the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series makes a mighty
impression. It’s clear right from the first time you set eyes on it that the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is
made for ambitious laps on a closed-off race track. In visual terms the new high-performance vehicle is reminiscent
of the SLS AMG GT3 customer sports car and symbolises the transfer of technology from the sphere of motor sport, which
has been part of the corporate philosophy of Mercedes-AMG GmbH for 44 years now.
With its new C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series, AMG is presenting an exciting sports car for enthusiasts who are
passionate about sports cars which are big on horsepower, and this marks the impressive continuation of the Black
Series strategy, which began back in 2006. AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz Cars, is once again
demonstrating its expertise when it comes to designing and developing emotionally appealing high-performance cars.
“AMG has its roots in international motor sport. The new C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is the best proof there is
for the permanent transfer of technology from the race track to the road. The numerous successes in the DTM, the
customer sports range featuring the SLS AMG GT3 and our commitment to Formula 1, where we have been providing the
Official F1 Safety Car and the Official F1 Medical Car for the past 15 years, continuously spur on our engineers and
technicians. The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series embodies the new AMG brand claim, Driving Performance, like no other AMG
model”, comments Ola Källenius, the CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Key data at a glance:
C 63 AMG CoupéBlack Series
Bore x stroke
102.2 x 94.6 mm
11.3 : 1
380 kW at 6,800 rpm at 6,800/min
620 Nm at 5,000 rpm
Engine weight (dry)
Fuel consumption, NEDC combined
12.2 l/100 km*
Acceleration 0-100 km/h
* Preliminary data
Arrow-shaped front section with large cooling air openings
It doesn’t matter from which angle you’re looking at it: the new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series
displays its ties with motor sport from every perspective. The arrow-shaped front section with the central Mercedes
star in the radiator grille is the visual synonym for its unfettered forwards thrust. The air intakes in the striking
front apron ensure reliable air flow through the large cooling modules. Two openings in the aluminium bonnet support
the expelling of engine heat, whilst the struts positioned at an angle in the front apron emphasise the vehicle’s
width. The black front splitter located at the lower end helps to balance the vehicle aerodynamically.
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The expressive design continues in the side view: the newly developed front axle with a greater track width calls
for new guards, which have been widened by 28 millimetres on each side. The “6.3” logos (in honour of the 6.2 litre
engine) give a nod to the sheer power of the large-displacement eight-cylinder high-speed naturally aspirated engine
beneath the bonnet. Air outlets intimated behind the wheel cut-outs call to mind powerful racing cars. The onlooker
discovers a black strip on the restyled AMG side skirts – a look which continues the idea of the front splitter. On
each side the rear mudguards have also been widened by 42 millimetres, due to the greater track width of the rear
axle. Air openings are hinted at in front of the rear wheels, forming a fitting conclusion.
AMG light-alloy wheels featuring light forging technology
Wheels are 255/35 R 19 and 285/30 R 19 for the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series at its market launch. The
wheel/tyre combination is mounted on 9 x 19 (front) and 9.5 x 19 (rear) AMG light-alloy wheels, fills out the
mudguards to stunning effect and plays a significant part in the dynamic appearance of this new AMG sports car.
Painted titanium grey, the high-sheen light-alloy wheels are produced using particularly light forging technology –
as is the case on the SLS AMG. These forged wheels weigh a total of eleven kilogrammes less than comparable wheels
with a conventional design. The lower weight results in reduced unsprung masses, which improves both the suspension’s
response and the steering precision.
Broad effect of the tail end with a diffuser insert
The tail end of the Black Series coupé is also a feast for the eyes: the new rear apron with its expressive
black diffuser insert provides a broad effect. Just like on the SLS AMG GT3, it protrudes beyond the profile of the
rear apron. The black grille on the upper end of the diffuser insert is an eye-catching feature, as is the AMG sports
exhaust system: both of the chromed twin tailpipes integrated into the rear apron have an angular cross-section. The
spoiler lip on the boot lid is painted in the vehicle colour and reduces lift at the rear axle, resulting in more
driving stability at high speeds. The AMG logo with its discreet “Black Series” lettering is reserved
exclusively for the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series.
Engine with high-tech components from the gull-wing model
A displacement of 6.2 litres, a maximum output of 380 kW and a torque of 620 newton metres from eight cylinders –
one glance at the technical data and it’s clear that the engineering behind the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is
every bit the equal of its sensational appearance. The high-torque M156 naturally aspirated engine was specially
refined for the new two-door model, whose forged pistons, connecting rods and the crankshaft with a lightweight
design, for example, all come courtesy of the SLS AMG. These measures are flanked by a new engine control unit. As the
car’s performance proves, the uprated V8 engine has an easy time of it in the coupé: the sprint from standing to 100
is over in 4.2 seconds (preliminary data).
Plenty of pulling power, an agile response and hefty torque – the qualities of the large-displacement AMG
high-speed naturally aspirated engine arouse passion in the driver. The jewel in the crown is the emotive, hallmark
AMG eight-cylinder sound from the AMG sports exhaust system.
The optimised engine oil cooling ensures more performance even when the vehicle is put through its paces in harsh
race-track conditions. With the aid of components from the SLS AMG, the AMG experts have managed to give the oil
cooler a cooling surface which is 50 per cent larger. The tried-and-trusted, innovative AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed
sports transmission takes care of power transmission. Four transmission modes, the double-declutching function and
RACE START promise maximum motoring pleasure and a high degree of variability. In the “Sport plus” and “Manual”
transmission modes the gear changes take a mere 100 milliseconds.
AMG coil-over sports suspension with an AMG rear axle differential lock
The AMG sports suspension is a sophisticated new development. It has been designed as a coil-over suspension, as is
the norm in motor sport – and it represents an essential feature of a Black Series model. It offers numerous
setting options, and allows the driver to make their own personal set-up.
The track width of the axles has been widened by 40 (at the front) and 79 millimetres (at the rear) respectively.
In conjunction with the modified torsion-bar stabilisers, the C 63 AMG Black Series impresses with its
pronounced driving dynamics, high grip and low roll angle. The AMG speed-sensitive sports steering facilitates superb
vehicle control: the retuned map control for the power assistance ensures optimum steering precision.
The standard-specification AMG rear axle differential lock is responsible for reliable traction in particular for
race-track applications. The 3-stage ESP® offers the ideal solution for all driving situations: via the ESP® button
the driver can choose from the “ESP ON”, “Sport Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF” stages. In view of the increased driving
dynamics, not only has the anti-lock braking system been completely retuned; the AMG high-performance braking system
has also been redeveloped: a larger braking system is now used, with discs featuring compound technology proven in
motor sport at the front axle (format: 390 x 36 millimetres) and integral discs at the rear axle (360 x 26 mm).
Red-painted six-piston fixed callipers at the front and four-piston fixed callipers at the rear reliably decelerate
the perforated, fade-resistant brake discs, which are ventilated all round.
Interior with a functional motor-racing atmosphere
The captivating high-tech components and the spectacular exterior design both find their logical continuation in
the interior of the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series, which is black with red highlight elements, displaying the
functional atmosphere of a true racing vehicle, whilst at the same time positively glowing with high quality and
lovingly crafted details. Two AMG sports bucket seats facilitate the best levels of lateral support and thus optimum
vehicle control on the race track. The black DINAMICA micro-fibre upholstery on the centre panels of the seats and
doors is a new type of synthetic fibre which is characterised by its high lightfastness. The omission of the rear
bench seat underlines the vehicle’s sporty character and reduces its weight. As an option the C 63 AMG Coupé Black
Series is also available as a four-seater including the AMG sports seats familiar from the C 63 AMG Coupé – and
with single seats in the rear.
The AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA micro-fibre with a steering wheel rim featuring
flattened top and bottom sections has aluminium shift paddles for manual gear changes. Red seat belts and red
contrasting top stitching on the steering wheel, on the seats, door centre panels, armrests on the doors, the centre
console and on the shift lever gaiter add some interesting highlights. An exclusive “Black Series” logo adorns
the trim on the dashboard, which sports a high-gloss black piano-lacquer look. The dashboard with three autonomous
round dials has a three-dimensional TFT colour display. On opening the vehicle door the driver is greeted by AMG
lettering. Possible displays for the engine oil temperature, the ESP® mode or the gear selection are integrated into
the AMG main menu. The rotary switch for the C, S, S+ and M transmission modes and RACE START is located on the centre
console next to the selector lever with a DINAMICA micro-fibre cover.
The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is proof positive that high driving dynamics and excellent active and
passive safety need not necessarily be mutually exclusive: five airbags are included whilst belt tensioners and
belt-force limiters for all seats are part of the standard specification, as are the anti-lock braking system ABS, the
3-stage ESP®, Headlamp Assist, the tyre pressure loss warning system and cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC variable
The standard specification also includes (selection):
- AMG door sills in stainless steel, brushed, with AMG logo
- AMG sports pedals in brushed stainless steel, with rubber studs
- Audio 20 CD radio with double tuner, colour display, Bluetooth® interface, hands-free function, USB interface and
- THERMATIC automatic climate control
AMG Track Package and AMG Aerodynamics package
AMG has two special packages to offer for enhancing driving dynamics even further: the AMG Track Package comprises
255/35 R 19 front and 285/30 R 19 rear sports tyres from Dunlop. They have been exclusively developed for the C 63 AMG
Coupé Black Series, and they tangibly and measurably increase grip. Active rear-axle transmission cooling
improves performance in punishing race-track conditions. The radiator is located in the rear apron and the airflow
passes through it effectively.
What are known as flics are part of the AMG Aerodynamics package. They are made of genuine carbon fibre and located
on the front apron. Also included in the package are a functionally tuned front splitter made of genuine carbon fibre
and a fixed carbon-fibre rear aerofoil with an adjustable blade. Both components not only increase the lift at the
front and rear axle; they also optimise the vehicle’s aerodynamic balance.
Other optional extras include:
- AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package (cross strut in front apron, exterior mirror housing, inserts on the side sill
panel, diffuser insert and spoiler lip in genuine carbon fibre)
- AMG light-alloy wheels featuring forging technology, painted in matt black with a high-sheen finish on the rim
flange, with 255/35 R 19 and 285/30 R 19 tyres
- AMG carbon-fibre trim
- Fire extinguisher
- Intelligent Light System ILS
- Tinted side/rear windows
Four captivating Black Series models since 2006
Whilst its driving dynamics are totally suited to the race track, the new C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series offers
all the properties which characterise a true Mercedes-Benz: suitability for everyday use, durability, safety and
The most powerful C-Class of all time is the fourth Black Series model to be launched since 2006. The first
one was the SLK 55 AMG Black Series. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 engine in the decidedly puristic two-seater enticed
customers with its maximum output of 294 kW and a torque of 520 newton metres, and between July 2006 and April 2007
some 120 units were produced. The CLK 63 AMG Black Series followed directly in its footsteps. The two-seater
coupé was powered by an AMG 6.2-litre V8 engine with 373 kW and a torque of 630 newton metres. Between April 2007 and
March 2008 there were 700 vehicles made.
The highlight up until now was the SL 65 AMG Black Series, which was unveiled in July 2008: the
high-performance coupé still captivates drivers today with its spectacular appearance, unique performance data,
systematic lightweight construction and exclusivity of the highest calibre. The AMG 6.0 litre V12 bi-turbo engine with
a maximum output of 493 kW and torque of 1000 newton metres made the SL 65 AMG Black Series the most powerful
AMG vehicle ever to enter series production. In total there were 350 units built from September 2008 to August 2009.
The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series celebrated its world premiere during the Formula 1 race on the Nürburgring,
the German Grand Prix (23rd – 24th July 2011).