Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series is a Serious Machine with Quirks

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YouTuber Doug DeMuro breaks down one of M-B’s rarest cars.

Youtube star Doug DeMuro has a knack for finding the little quirks and idiosyncrasies in the cars he reviews. His curiosity leads to him discovering things that other people may have overlooked or not given much thought. He uses a humorous, light-hearted approach to his video dissections. Recently, he turned his good-natured analytical gaze toward a serious machine: the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series.

AMG Black Series Motor

Just one look at it makes it clear that it’s all business. The C63’s massive V8 lets out its hot breath through a pair of vents on the bulging hood. The fenders flare out wildly, giving the C63 a hardcore DTM look. The optional aerodynamics kit’s carbon fiber canards, side skirts, and tall, adjustable rear wing make the C63 look as if it roared out of pit lane and onto public roads.

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series

AMG Black Series Performance

The naturally-aspirated V8 under the hood reinforces that image. No turbos. No supercharger. No electric assist. Just 6.2 liters of displacement and eight cylinders. The hand-built giant cranks out a C63 S-beating 510 horsepower, 467 lb-ft of torque, and the spine-tingling guttural exhaust note you’d expect from an enormous AMG V8. Sixty mph comes in only 3.8 seconds – if you have enough traction for that quick trip.

Those are serious numbers. So are the C63 AMG Black Series’ production figures. According to DeMuro, Mercedes-Benz only made 800 of these monsters. Of those, only 100 went to North America. Even fewer—77 to be exact—wound up in the U.S.

None of that stops DeMuro from making his characteristically whimsical observations, though. For instance, he points out that even though the C63 AMG Black Series is a focused performance car, all of the U.S. models have sunroofs. His borrowed test car also has attachment points for a roof rack; you know, in case he wants to carry skis with him on a trip up a snow-covered road to a ski lodge in a rear-wheel drive AMG.

Perhaps the most amusing thing about DeMuro’s tester is the fact that it has no back seat, yet has rear floor mats, coat hooks, HVAC vents, and side airbags. It’s a silly oversight, but one that’s easy to forgive, considering how much Mercedes and AMG got right on the outside of this track weapon.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK-Forum.com and Ford-Trucks.com, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

Derek can be contacted at [email protected]

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