Mercedes-Benz have a skunkworks inside their AMG department. It is run by engineers who went to the Jeremy Clarkson school of car design which says that “there is no such thing as too much power.” They develop a range of cars known simply as the Black series. These crazy scientists have now turned their attention to the C-Class coupe.
The AMG Black division have taken a C-Class Coupe, and shoehorned the 6,3l AMG V8 engine into it. The engine department has then managed to 380kW out of the engine – 44kW more than the standard C63 AMG. This results in a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds, just 0,2 seconds faster than the standard car, but in the war of pub facts, this is everything.
Externally, you get an even more aggressive body kit, with huge side vents, an arrow shaped front bumber and the option of an enourmous rear wing and enourmous 19-inch wheels.
The Cool Factor
The problem with the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series is this: It is horribly uncool. It may be faster than the BMW M3 and Audi RS5 and it may be a limited edition, but the ‘Black’ denotes it as horribly uncool.
The issue is that you have to explain the car. “Why does your C-Class cost R1,45 million?” or “Why are the seats so uncomfortable in your Mercedes?” My mother does not care about cars and to her the C63 Black Series is identical to a C-Class diesel. Trying to explain the AMG pedigree, and the high performance and the limited production is pointless. You have to be a monumental car bore to know that it is a Black series and what that means.
This, therefore, is a pointless car and anyone who has bought one should hang their head in shame.
(For comparisions sake, I have compared the R1,45 million C-Class to the godfather – the Nissan GT-R which comes in the same price bracket).