Mercedes-Benz South Africa is about to launch the most powerful road-going C-Class of all time into the local market. Based on the already powerful C63 AMG Coupe, the new model is even more hardcore with a model-specific look and increased power.
At the heart of the mad C-Class is Mercedes’s 6 208 cm3 naturally aspirated V8. In this model, the engine has been tuned to develop 380 kW (44 more than usual) and 620 N.m of twist action. This endows the sleek coupe with a tyre-shredding sprint time of 4,2 seconds to 100 km/h. Even more impressive in the 300 km/h top speed, which Mercedes is quick to point out the C63 Black Series is limited to.
Transferring that power to the rear axle is a seven-speed sports transmission. The automatic unit uses four different drive modes to deal with varying drivers’ needs. These range from smooth comfort mode to full, driver-controlled manual. To ensure even power distribution, a mechanical differential lock is fitted between the rear wheels.
To help harness the power, wider tracks have been employed front and rear by 40 and 79 mm. Wider alloys have also been specified for this model. The 19-inch jobbies are painted with 255/35 section rubber up front and 285/30 section rubber at the rear.
The alloys hide monstrous brakes. The ventilated units up front measure 390 mm and are clamped by six-piston callipers. Rear wheels are dealt with by 360 mm rotors slowed by four-piston clamps.
To accommodate the wider stance, the body has been widened. Not only are there wider wings but there is a good deal of F1 about the appearance. The front splitter is one as is the large rear wing on the boot lid, an ideal spot to keep your cooldrinks, helmet and gloves on a track-day outing.
Besides the gaping air vents in the front bumper and rear fenders, there are also two large nostrils on the bonnet to deal with dissipating excess heat generated by the motor.
The C63 Coupe Black Series retails for R1,425 million and even then there are many options that you can still specify. An aerodynamics package, exterior carbon-fibre trim and most interestingly a track package (which includes stickier Dunlop rubber and enhanced cooling for the differential).