What is it?
Following on from last year’s limited-run SLK55 AMG Black Series, Mercedes has now taken its track day line-up mainstream with the launch of the CLK63 AMG Black Series – a car that AMG says was largely inspired by the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
“It is pretty hardcore. We’ve got down to 7min 52sec on the Nürburgring… and that was in traffic. I don’t think we’ve ever done a more complete performance car.”, says Tobias Moers, the man who oversees the engineering, development and testing of Mercedes-Benz’s AMG range.
What’s it like?
The new coupé is based around the regular CLK63, but this is no ordinary AMG Merc. While the two share the same driveline, the Black Series is a very different animal. With a huge front spoiler designed to ram cooling air into an enlarged radiator while dialling out lift to a point where it’s almost neutral at 125mph, the Black Series instantly appears more menacing than the standard coupé.
Bulging wheelarches incorporated into the body panels, air vents in the front wings, a deep rear valance and a carbonfibre rear spoiler complete the makeover. That and a set of 19-inch alloys weighing just 11kg each – 3kg lighter than those of the standard CLK63.
Inside, there’s carbonfibre-reinforced plastic trim on the door inserts and centre console, a forged aluminium gear selector, a flat-bottomed wheel and bucket seats. AMG also replaces the rear bench with two trimmed wells.