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