American magazine Motor Trend just did it again! The renowned mag has set up the second edition of the World’s Greatest Drag Race, putting up back-to-back on the quarter mile straight some of the most spectacular sportscar currently available on the market. The Nissan GT-R, which had triumphed in 2011, will have to see off some fierce competition coming from Europe and led by the awesome Lamborghini Aventador and the equally menacing McLaren MP4-12C. However, this year the GT-R is even more powerfull, so that’s going to be a tough task. Completing the European line-up there will also be a Porsche 911 Carrera S, a Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series and the elegant Jaguar XKR-S, powered by a supercharged V8.
There most angry variant of the Ford Mustang, the Shelby GT500, will also give the GT-R a run for its money, just like the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The last challenger of the lot would be the Subaru BRZ, which we can consider as some sort of ’special guest’ as it lacks something like 200 hp on its less powerful opponent, a figure that would go up to 500 if compared with the most powerful antagonist, the Aventador. However, you might be surprised by the sort of drag that this little Japanese babe and its 4-cylinder unit (the less fragmented engine of the lot) can come up with when sprinting from standstill. Well, for a few meters at least..
As usual, we are not going to spoil the surprise by writing the name of the winner here or anything, you might wanto to watch the video to find that out, but we are also sure that the most competent readers, after reading through that line-up, wouldn’t really need to watch the footage to know which car crossed the finish line first. By the way, if you missed last year competition, the video-highlights of GT-R’s triumph in 2011 are available right after the jump.
Mercedes-Benz releases a new official video starring their frightening C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, third model of the ‘Black Series’ line and - in the comparison with the standard model - it boasts a special aerodynamic package (inclusive of includes front splitter, fixed rear spoiler with adjustable blade and the so called ‘flics’ on the front bumper), a set of 19″ alloy wheels fitted with 255/35 tyres at the front and 285/30 at the back, a track widened by 40 mm at the front and 75 mm at the rear and lager fenders too, more specifically by 56 mm at the front and 84 mm at the rear.
The C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is pushed by a 6.3-litre V8 (M156) credited with an output of 517 hp at 6,800 rpm with 620 Nm of torque. This unit weighs 196 kg and provides for excellent performance figures: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).
Other highlights of this model include its AMG Speedshift 7-speed dual clutch transmission, fully adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension, the AMG high-performance composite braking system (with red-painted 6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston calipers at the rear), a 3-mode ESP (ON, OFF e Sport+). The professional video above indulges on many of the car’s outstanding features, but we bet its massive roar at the beginning of the clip will have you jumping on your seat. Give it a go.
Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is definitely one of the most hyped cars at the moment. Here is an official video shot at Laguna Seca last November starring the new Merc AMG thundering up and down the hills of the famous Californian race track. The model in the video is also equipped with both Aerodynamic Package and Track Package, which emphasize even more its track-oriented attitude.
Engine-wise, the Black Series uses the same 6.3-litre V8 unit of its ‘regular’ 63 AMG counterpart, delivering 517 hp and 620 Nm of maximum torque and pushing the car from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds. The two aforementioned packages provides the car with improved aerodynamics, carbon fibre bits such as wing-mirror shells and side sills, enhanced oil cooling system, new limited slip differential and forged alloys fitted with Dunlop R performance tyres.
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The new Mercedes C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series has just been tested on the famous Nurburgring north course by German magazine Sport Auto. The car managed to complete its lap in 7 minutes and 46 seconds, meaning 15″ faster than the standard C 63 AMG Coupe it derives from (8′01″).
Most importantly, the new Merc has been able to do better than what can be considered its only rival, the BMW M3 GTS, whose fastest lap (registered in the same session) has been 7′48″. However, the car that recorded the best lap of the day was the new Porsche 911 Carrera S, which managed to stop the clock at 7′44″. This is just the first round, though.
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Mercedes just released a one-minute long video starring the C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series lapping the Laguna Seca circuit. As previously reported, our buddies from Autoblog.it already met this car ‘in the metal’ at a recent event that Mercedes-Benz organized at the famous Californian race track to introduce the new SL Roadster, and they also got the chance to sit on the passenger seat of a SLS AMG while professional racer Bernd Schneider showed them how the real pros drive on the world-famous circuit.
However, this new video basically tells you all there is to know about the model. As we know, the Mercedes C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series is powered by a 6.3-litre engine developing 517 hp with 620 Nm of peak torque, which makes it go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4,2 seconds with a self-imposed top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). Its sporty aesthetics surely adds up to the appeal of the model, which is definitely more track-oriented than the standard C 63 AMG Coupe, but some people pointed out that the large and flashy rear spoiler is probably a little ‘too much’, and that other fancy bits such as the flics on the sides of the front bumper are somewhat spoiling the elegance of the model, but we think that these criticisms are missing the point: the Black Series is meant to represent the maximum expression of the C63 in terms of sheer performance, hence the aerodynamic kit is totally functional to this purpose. After all, Mercedes didn’t shave off 196 kg from the standard model to make an ‘elegant’ coupe, and we think it looks just great anyway.
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Mercedes releases more official pictures of the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series equipped with the optional Aerodynamic and Track Packages. The pair would help drivers to get even more out of the already impressive model, powered by the outstanding AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine (517 hp and 620 Nm of output) mated to an AMG Speedshift 7-speed dual clutch transmission that gives the car a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 4.2 seconds and top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).
AMG Aerodynamics package consists of many carbon fibre bits that improve drag coefficient and aerodynamic behavior of the car, providing it with an even more aggressive aesthetics too. This kit includes front splitter, fixed rear spoiler with adjustable blade and the so called ‘flics’ (which are those diminutive wings placed at the sides of the front bumper).
AMG Track Package comprises Dunlop’s 255/35 R 19 (front) and 285/30 R 19 (rear) performance tyres - that have been specifically developed for the C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series - as well as a rear-axle transmission cooling system that improves performance in race-track conditions. Its radiator is located in the rear bumper and the airflow passes through it effectively.
Mercedes has released more official images of the C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series, this time equipped with the optional all carbon AMG Aerodynamic Package (composed of flics on the front bumper, splitter and adjustable rear wing). The car is an extreme evolution of the already impressive C 63 AMG Coupe, and is also the third model of the Black Series range after the CLK 63 AMG Black Series (2007) and the SL 65 AMG Black Series (2008). This 3-door wonder is equipped with an AMG-treated 6.3-litre V8 delivering 517 hp and 620 Nm of maximum torque. This unit will push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds and all the way up to 300 km/h (186 mph), its self-imposed top speed. Then it boasts an AMG Speedshift 7-speed dual clutch transmission, mechanical limited slip differential and 19″ alloys fitted with 255/35 tyres on the front and 285/35 on the rear axle. By the way, the aerodynamic kit provides the Black Series edition of the car with larger air intakes and also wider axles, now widened by 40 mm (at the front) and 79 mm (at the rear).
AMG technicians have been able to shave off 196 kg over the original 1.655 kg weight of the ’standard’ C 63 AMG Coupe, while the ABS has been specifically re-calibrated for this model. Other remarkable features of the C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series include the sophisticated fully adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension, the AMG high-performance composite braking system (with red-painted 6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston calipers at the rear), a 3-mode ESP (ON, OFF e Sport+).
To cut it short, this is the most powerful C-Class ever built, but if all that is still just not enough for you, Mercedes would be more than happy to top it up with the AMG Track Package, consisting of Dunlop’s specifically developed 255/35 R 19 front and 285/30 R 19 rear sports tyres, rear-axle transmission cooling (with the radiator placed in the rear apron) and also the motorsport inspired AMG Performance Media, which elaborates and shows a number of telemetry data such as engine response, lateral and linear acceleration, lap times and so on.
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Photographers have recently spotted a sedan version of Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series. The pictured 4 door prototype - spied while lapping at the Nurburgring - shows a more aggressive look thanks to the big deep front spoiler and the wider wheel arches.
No official release date has been set for the model, which will probably use the same 6.3-litre V8 engine (delivering 517hp and 620Nm of torque) powering the C63 AMG Black Series. Gearbox and suspension are also expected to be shared with its coupe counterpart.
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Six Mercedes models will get their official debut on local turf at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show with everything from the new B-Class, to the C63 AMG Coupé Black Series and a new concept the F 125!. The Mercedes B-Class has already been previewed with pics and details, but it will be interesting to check it out in person and see where Mercedes can take the compact MPV segment.
The new Mercedes B-Class will also be our chance to check out the MFA platform which will be the basis for future front-wheel drive models like the A-Class. On a more exotic front but with a dash of practicality is Mercedes’ first diesel spider, the SLK 250 CDI.
The model brings a 2.1-litre twinturbo diesel engine to the Mercedes SLK, which gets 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque. It will carve out an ecological space in the Mercedes spider range, as at the other end of the scale the new SLK 55 AMG model also gets its official release.