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    IL track tested the C63 BS

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    Vehicle: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 Coupe Black Series
    Odometer: 3,873
    Date: 7/24/2012
    Driver: Mike Monticello
    Price: $129,725 (est.)

    Specifications:
    Drive Type: Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
    Transmission Type: Seven-speed automatic
    Engine Type: Naturally aspirated, port-injected V8
    Displacement (cc/cu-in): 6,208/379
    Redline (rpm): 7,250
    Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 510 @ 6,800
    Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 457 @ 5,200
    Brake Type (front): 15.4-inch two-piece ventilated cross-drilled and slotted cast-iron discs with six-piston fixed calipers
    Brake Type (rear): 14.2-inch one-piece ventilated cross-drilled and slotted cast-iron discs with four-piston fixed calipers
    Suspension Type(front): Independent MacPherson struts with dual lower ball joints, height-adjustable coil springs, monotube dampers with separate rebound and compression manual adjustments, stabilizer bar
    Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, height-adjustable coil springs, monotube dampers with separate rebound and compression manual adjustments, stabilizer bar
    Tire Size (front): 255/35ZR19 (96Y)
    Tire Size (rear): 285/30ZR19 (98Y)
    Tire Brand: Dunlop
    Tire Model: Sport Maxx Race MO
    Tire Type: Asymmetrical summer performance
    As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 4,044

    Test Results:
    Acceleration
    0-30 (sec): 1.8 (2.0w/ TC on)
    0-45 (sec): 2.8 (3.0w/ TC on)
    0-60 (sec): 4.0 (4.2w/ TC on)
    0-60 with 1-ft rollout (sec): 3.8 (3.9w/ TC on)
    0-75 (sec): 5.8 (6.0w/ TC on)
    1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 12.2 @ 115 (12.3 @ 114.1 w/ TC on)

    Braking
    30-0 (ft): 27
    60-0 (ft): 101

    Handling
    Slalom (mph): 69.5 (69.2 w/TC on)
    Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.96 (0.95 w/TC on)
    Db @ Idle: 48.2
    Db @ Full Throttle: 80.6
    Db @ 70-mph Cruise: 65.2
    RPM @ 70: 1,900

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    Insideline tests the 2012 W204 Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series Coupe - 12.2@115 1/4 mile and 69 MPH slalom

    The C63 AMG Black Series Coupe obviously looks like it means business. As it should, it is a Black Series and the aeryodynamics are designed to be functional with track performance in mind. The car is not cheap with an as tested price of $129,725. You expect incredible performance at that level and well the car is good but tough to defend for the money. Insideline gets a 12.2@115 out of it which is not bad but certainly not really superior to the standard C63 or one with a P31 performance package for that matter.

    The Black Series is really about handling and track performance though and with .96g's on the skidpad and 69.5 miles per hour through the slalom it will run circles around a standard C63. The thing is, with its high base price as well as 4,044 pound curb weight it won't be nearly the same weapon as the lighter and faster Porsche 911 GT3 around the track even though it has a similar price tag.

    We really like the car but it will take a special kind of hardcore Mercedes enthusiast to cough up this much dough for this level of performance. The exclusivity is unquestionable.

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    Vehicle: 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 Coupe Black Series
    Odometer: 3,873
    Date: 7/24/2012
    Driver: Mike Monticello
    Price: $129,725 (est.)

    Specifications:
    Drive Type: Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
    Transmission Type: Seven-speed automatic
    Engine Type: Naturally aspirated, port-injected V8
    Displacement (cc/cu-in): 6,208/379
    Redline (rpm): 7,250
    Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 510 @ 6,800
    Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 457 @ 5,200
    Brake Type (front): 15.4-inch two-piece ventilated cross-drilled and slotted cast-iron discs with six-piston fixed calipers
    Brake Type (rear): 14.2-inch one-piece ventilated cross-drilled and slotted cast-iron discs with four-piston fixed calipers
    Suspension Type(front): Independent MacPherson struts with dual lower ball joints, height-adjustable coil springs, monotube dampers with separate rebound and compression manual adjustments, stabilizer bar
    Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, height-adjustable coil springs, monotube dampers with separate rebound and compression manual adjustments, stabilizer bar
    Tire Size (front): 255/35ZR19 (96Y)
    Tire Size (rear): 285/30ZR19 (98Y)
    Tire Brand: Dunlop
    Tire Model: Sport Maxx Race MO
    Tire Type: Asymmetrical summer performance
    As Tested Curb Weight (lb): 4,044

    Test Results:
    Acceleration
    0-30 (sec): 1.8 (2.0w/ TC on)
    0-45 (sec): 2.8 (3.0w/ TC on)
    0-60 (sec): 4.0 (4.2w/ TC on)
    0-60 with 1-ft rollout (sec): 3.8 (3.9w/ TC on)
    0-75 (sec): 5.8 (6.0w/ TC on)
    1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 12.2 @ 115 (12.3 @ 114.1 w/ TC on)

    Braking
    30-0 (ft): 27
    60-0 (ft): 101

    Handling
    Slalom (mph): 69.5 (69.2 w/TC on)
    Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.96 (0.95 w/TC on)
    Db @ Idle: 48.2
    Db @ Full Throttle: 80.6
    Db @ 70-mph Cruise: 65.2
    RPM @ 70: 1,900

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    Damn...my eurocharged sedan accelerates faster across the board. I'd expect the BS to be at least as fast as a P31 or tuned sedan/coupe.

    I would also have expected them to have included a much less restrictive exhaust/manifold set-up as well to open up the power a bit.

    At this pricepoint, I'd expect a car capable of running high 11s straight from the factory.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BK63AMG Click here to enlarge
    Damn...my eurocharged sedan accelerates faster across the board. I'd expect the BS to be at least as fast as a P31 or tuned sedan/coupe.

    I would also have expected them to have included a much less restrictive exhaust/manifold set-up as well to open up the power a bit.

    At this pricepoint, I'd expect a car capable of running high 11s straight from the factory.
    The key difference between your tuned acceleration and the times posted for the BS, is that you achieved those times at a prepped drag strip and the BS achieved it in a parking lot. I'm pretty sure if all factors are equal, it should be able to achieve high 11's from the factory.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by I am Jeff Click here to enlarge
    The key difference between your tuned acceleration and the times posted for the BS, is that you achieved those times at a prepped drag strip and the BS achieved it in a parking lot. I'm pretty sure if all factors are equal, it should be able to achieve high 11's from the factory.
    Definitely a good point as my 1/4 mile times were obviously done on a track. Does the article mention these 1/4 mile times were done in a parking lot? I didn't notice.

    My 0-60 runs, however, were done on the street with a vbox and were consistently in the 3.8-3.9 second range.
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    Another thing to keep in mind is that these numbers are pretty consistent with P31 C63s as tested by numerous magazines. While I understand that straight line speed wasn't the main focus, I do think the BS should be appreciably faster than no BS C63s from the factory - especially for the premium!

    With all of that said, I still want one!
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    I think the C63 BS will show better numbers in colder weather. But, not much better numbers. Seems kind of underwhelming. But, then again, the C63 BS is leaps beyond the regular C63 P31 on a road course. There, it's aerodynamics, better braking, center of gravity, and handling show it's superiority to its non-Black Series counterpart.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BK63AMG Click here to enlarge
    Damn...my eurocharged sedan accelerates faster across the board. I'd expect the BS to be at least as fast as a P31 or tuned sedan/coupe.

    I would also have expected them to have included a much less restrictive exhaust/manifold set-up as well to open up the power a bit.

    At this pricepoint, I'd expect a car capable of running high 11s straight from the factory.
    They test at Fontana (super slow) so keep that in mind.

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    guys nice car but there is allot out there for 130!! especially if you are looking at a 1 year old used car, or a brand new 2013 gtr with 30k for mods, your talking a high 9 sec gtr that will run circles around that car on a road course

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    i may get flamed for this but imo that car is 85k max! when they pop up used the market will determine the value

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by MSIZZLE Click here to enlarge
    guys nice car but there is allot out there for 130!! especially if you are looking at a 1 year old used car, or a brand new 2013 gtr with 30k for mods, your talking a high 9 sec gtr that will run circles around that car on a road course
    The GTR is not rear wheel drive and does not have a high revving naturally aspirated motor. This is a different kind of car.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    The GTR is not rear wheel drive and does not have a high revving naturally aspirated motor. This is a different kind of car.
    i agree Sticky, im looking for a new car and was excited about this car till is saw the price, i prefer rwd,manual, and limited nannies. this car isnt a manual but i would love to own a white one. if i spent 130 i would get a 2011 or so porshe gt2/3

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by MSIZZLE Click here to enlarge
    i agree Sticky, im looking for a new car and was excited about this car till is saw the price, i prefer rwd,manual, and limited nannies. this car isnt a manual but i would love to own a white one. if i spent 130 i would get a 2011 or so porshe gt2/3
    I would definitely have trouble picking this over a GT3 but the thought of one supercharged is pretty damn enticing.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I would definitely have trouble picking this over a GT3 but the thought of one supercharged is pretty damn enticing.
    It almost seems like 2 different worlds gt3 like a scalpal. Supercharged c63 like a sledgehammer.. not that ive driven either..
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    Drives: Basically a pretty bad ass f250 lifted with 24" wheels! Dpf delete 4" exhaust h&s tuner and intake..

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Dodger63 Click here to enlarge
    It almost seems like 2 different worlds gt3 like a scalpal. Supercharged c63 like a sledgehammer.. not that ive driven either..
    That's a pretty good way to put it.

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    nice car!!

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    C63 Blk is suppose to kick ass on the ring. But I thought the 1/4 trap would be better.
    C63 Tuned Only 60-130 in 8.71

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by JonsC63AMG Click here to enlarge
    C63 Blk is suppose to kick ass on the ring. But I thought the 1/4 trap would be better.
    It's ring time is just decent.

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    lovely car!!

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