Black Series C63 for 2020 Would Be AMG’s Most Epic Revival Yet
Discontinued in 2013, original Black Series C63 packed a big punch into a small frame. MBWorld ponders a newer version of the coupe.
For two model years, 2012 and 2013, you could get your hands on a truly hardcore machine based on the Mercedes C-Class: the Mercedes-AMG Black Series C63. The monster coupe packed a 6.2-liter V8 making 510 horses and 457 lb-ft of torque to the rear through a seven-speed automatic. In a lot of ways, it was a track car for the street.
Alas, it was also a rarity, with fewer than 100 models sold in the United States, each one starting at $125,000 in 2012 money (nearly $139,000 in 2019). Yet, we wondered what a new Black Series C63 would be like if one were to come out in 2020 or in the first couple of years of the new decade. Here’s what Pouria Savadkouei, MBWorld’s resident artist, figured it’d look like.
The current AMG C63 Coupe comes in a base and an S model. The base C63 has a handcrafted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 paired with a nine-speed automatic, delivering 469 horses and 479 lb-ft of torque to the rear. The C63 S, meanwhile, ups the power to 503 ponies and 516 lb-ft of torque, also directed to the rear wheels through a nine-speed auto. Where would the Black Series version be, then?
Since AMG’s CEO Tobias Moers is pushing for hybrid high-performance via electrification, the new Black Series C63 would definitely have the 48-volt system already in use by the Mercedes GLS and the 53-series cars. The system helps those vehicles make immense power with little turbo lag on the wind-up.
Thus, why not link that system (if not the proposed electric turbo system found on the AMG One concept) to the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8? It could make as much as 630 horses and 664 lb-ft of torque (the power rating for the GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe), all of which would be directed to the corners through the 4MATIC AWD system and the nine-speed automatic. Said corners would have enough rubber to hang on to the road. Alas, these are from the AMG GTR Pro, but we’d keep the 19-inch wheels from the C63 S as a nod to the original Black Series C63.
We’d also give our 2020 Black Series C63 a wider track (1.5 inches up front, 2.5 inches in back), plus aggressive body work and enough aero to keep the whole affair grounded. That’d be one hell of a Mercedes if it were made real. We wonder if we could convince Moers and AMG to at least consider such a monster.
Renderings & Photos: Pouria Savadkouei and Mercedes-Benz