RE: Mercedes-AMG C63 Black Series | Spotted

RE: Mercedes-AMG C63 Black Series | Spotted

Tuesday 3rd September

Mercedes-AMG C63 Black Series | Spotted

£70k buys a nice new C63 - or one of the most exciting AMGs ever made...



While many a forum discussion is built on a new versus used debate, it's not always the wisest basis for editorial. Because even very similar cars are quite different prospects when one is factory fresh and one is secondhand; the security and support of buying brand new is pitched against the cost saving, but increased risk, of a used purchase. Arguably that's reduced nowadays with the increased reliability of modern cars, but for some only new will do.

A new Mercedes-AMG C63 would be a lovely thing, too, combining all those famed AMG attributes - power, prestige, luxury and excitement - into one very attractive overall package for Β£70,000 or so. However, when a W204-era Black Series C-Class also costs that money, it's impossible to ignore.


Partly that's because of how it looks; even without the optional Aero Kit (and perhaps more so because it's missing), the hulking presence of a C63 Black is undeniable. Wider tracks necessitated the fitment of broader arches, lending the BS the sort of stance to make small children scream and grown men quiver. In matt black with black wheels and the belligerent way this car sits on them, the C63 looks like a vehicle fit for Bruce Wayne himself - if only he weren't such a wimp.

The engine, as you might well have heard, also ensures an unforgettable experience. In every installation, the M156 V8 was special, but the Black Series treatment - SLS internals, basically, making more power than any C63 since - ensured a V8 that bordered on the obscene. Nic summed it up just nicely in his Hero story on the Black: "Modern enough to be voracious without feeling profligate or inefficient, the M156 gurgles, burrs and bellows (in that order) to 7,200rpm with such unhindered fury that it's all you can do not to pull over and embrace the bonnet."

Not sold yet? No problem, there's plenty more. Despite fixtures and fittings designed for the circuit, the Black Series proved mightily impressive as a road car in the UK - whole stories have been dedicated to the fact on PH. Which means you have an AMG product with one of its most ferocious engines ever, powering a car that's more capable than a standard C63 on both road and track. Which sounds rather appealing. A new C63 may well be faster still, given the progress made in tyres, chassis electronics and brakes, but it's hard to imagine a more engaging experience.


Discovering that experience for themselves is exactly what the previous owners of this car have done, it having recorded 36,000 miles in seven years - and so the most used of those available. Nothing really, but with cars still available on only 10,000 miles it's notable. The mileage also means this Black is Β£70k, rather than the Β£100k+ some still command. And that's quite a difference.

At this point it would be remiss not to mention that the regular C63 Coupes this car was developed from are available at Β£20,000. Lovely cars they'll make, too, but here is an instance where the hype is to be believed. And then some. The Black Series rarity, performance, look and status as the last 6.2-litre C-Class will ensure demand for as long as V8s are allowed - and there's no time like the present.


SPECIFICATION - MERCEDES C63 AMG BLACK SERIES
Engine: 6,208cc, V8
Transmission: Seven-speed MCT automatic, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 503@6,800rpm
Torque (lb ft): 457@5,200rpm
MPG: 23.2
CO2: 286g/km
First registered: 2012
Recorded mileage: 36,000
Price new: Β£100,000
Yours for: Β£70,995

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sidesauce

Original Poster:

1,029 posts

163 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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The M156 is a angry, monstrous ripsnorter of an engine, no doubt about it - that being said, the current V8 engine used is certainly no slouch either in the sonic department!

sleepera6

4,739 posts

42 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Pedant alert - this C63 was not a “Mercedes-AMG” like the current iteration but rather known as the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Black Series

cerb4.5lee

12,330 posts

125 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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I would love to experience the M156 engine in any guise one day. cloud9

ZX10R NIN

15,095 posts

70 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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As good as this is I'd be buying the CLK Black Series.

sunnym3

123 posts

177 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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ZX10R NIN said:
As good as this is I'd be buying the CLK Black Series.
Absolutely, couldn't agree more!

Skd884

727 posts

146 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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The perfect road car ?

https://www.pistonheads.com/road-tests/mercedes/c6...


Owned mine from new, epic cars!

Edited by Skd884 on Tuesday 3rd September 09:50

homerdog

190 posts

176 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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cerb4.5lee said:
I would love to experience the M156 engine in any guise one day. cloud9
The trouble is, you can hardly hear the damn thing inside the car because of all the sound deadening, at least in the C63. I could tell it sounded great, because of all the turning heads as you burbled past, but that was cold comfort!

cerb4.5lee

12,330 posts

125 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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homerdog said:
cerb4.5lee said:
I would love to experience the M156 engine in any guise one day. cloud9
The trouble is, you can hardly hear the damn thing inside the car because of all the sound deadening, at least in the C63. I could tell it sounded great, because of all the turning heads as you burbled past, but that was cold comfort!
That is a real shame to hear(excuse the pun!). It does seem to be a bit of a problem with German cars because they are built to be very refined/quiet...but if you really appreciate the engine/exhaust noise(which I really do) it can leave you a bit flat. frown

It was the same with my E92 M3 and you couldn't hear the exhaust inside the cabin at all(the induction noise was lovely though), but I know that they sound ok from outside(not in the same league as a C63) because of when I've heard them on foot.

Glenn63

539 posts

29 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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homerdog said:
cerb4.5lee said:
I would love to experience the M156 engine in any guise one day. cloud9
The trouble is, you can hardly hear the damn thing inside the car because of all the sound deadening, at least in the C63. I could tell it sounded great, because of all the turning heads as you burbled past, but that was cold comfort!
Found the same when I had mine, only when the mrs dropped me off at the pub once and roared off down the road it sounded like she’d stuck a new exhaust on in the car park! Leaving the door open whilst starting it always created a childish grin too!
They have a lovely sweet spot pure v8 rumble as you pull away in comfort mode (2nd gear) and just start to squeeze the pedal and get that rumble/tingle in your back cloud9
And yes I miss it dearly!

Edited by Glenn63 on Tuesday 3rd September 13:09

tch911

360 posts

156 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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cerb4.5lee said:
homerdog said:
cerb4.5lee said:
I would love to experience the M156 engine in any guise one day. cloud9
The trouble is, you can hardly hear the damn thing inside the car because of all the sound deadening, at least in the C63. I could tell it sounded great, because of all the turning heads as you burbled past, but that was cold comfort!
That is a real shame to hear(excuse the pun!). It does seem to be a bit of a problem with German cars because they are built to be very refined/quiet...but if you really appreciate the engine/exhaust noise(which I really do) it can leave you a bit flat. frown

It was the same with my E92 M3 and you couldn't hear the exhaust inside the cabin at all(the induction noise was lovely though), but I know that they sound ok from outside(not in the same league as a C63) because of when I've heard them on foot.
A very easy, and very cheap solution. The Remus H Pipe. About £500 fitted.

Its an H-Pipe that deletes the secondary Cats. It's MOT friendly and does not affect the car at all in terms of sensors/warning lights.

I had one fitted to my C63 PPP and it was exactly what I wanted. The noise inside the cabin was increased, under load, but no different under normal day to day until a little flex of the right foot, and burble burble. A little louder on start up, granted, but start up was always a door-open affair anyway! No drone, no resonance, and no ASBO.

There's a post here, from when I had it fitted, but I cant seem to get the link to work. Google "c63 exhaust pistonheads tch911" and it will come up.


Edited by tch911 on Tuesday 3rd September 13:36

WCZ

7,006 posts

139 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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ZX10R NIN said:
As good as this is I'd be buying the CLK Black Series.
one of the all time greats imo

this isn't nearly as good

crusty

560 posts

165 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Is this car 3 times the car of an M5 F10?,

To me this seems poor value in comparison, or am I missing something?

Phil Dicky

5,723 posts

208 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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WCZ said:
ZX10R NIN said:
As good as this is I'd be buying the CLK Black Series.
one of the all time greats imo

this isn't nearly as good
Totally.



Targatime

6 posts

60 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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tch911 said:
A very easy, and very cheap solution. The Remus H Pipe. About £500 fitted.

Its an H-Pipe that deletes the secondary Cats. It's MOT friendly and does not affect the car at all in terms of sensors/warning lights.

I had one fitted to my C63 PPP and it was exactly what I wanted. The noise inside the cabin was increased, under load, but no different under normal day to day until a little flex of the right foot, and burble burble. A little louder on start up, granted, but start up was always a door-open affair anyway! No drone, no resonance, and no ASBO.

There's a post here, from when I had it fitted, but I cant seem to get the link to work. Google "c63 exhaust pistonheads tch911" and it will come up.


Edited by tch911 on Tuesday 3rd September 13:36
When you turned up outside my house I thought the world was ending! That exhaust was frankly obscene. I didn't have the bottle to do it to mine!!

Phil Dicky

5,723 posts

208 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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crusty said:
Is this car 3 times the car of an M5 F10?,

To me this seems poor value in comparison, or am I missing something?
Collectability.

cerb4.5lee

12,330 posts

125 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Targatime said:
tch911 said:
A very easy, and very cheap solution. The Remus H Pipe. About £500 fitted.

Its an H-Pipe that deletes the secondary Cats. It's MOT friendly and does not affect the car at all in terms of sensors/warning lights.

I had one fitted to my C63 PPP and it was exactly what I wanted. The noise inside the cabin was increased, under load, but no different under normal day to day until a little flex of the right foot, and burble burble. A little louder on start up, granted, but start up was always a door-open affair anyway! No drone, no resonance, and no ASBO.

There's a post here, from when I had it fitted, but I cant seem to get the link to work. Google "c63 exhaust pistonheads tch911" and it will come up.


Edited by tch911 on Tuesday 3rd September 13:36
When you turned up outside my house I thought the world was ending! That exhaust was frankly obscene. I didn't have the bottle to do it to mine!!
An easy fix then to get the desired effect, thanks. thumbup

Chestrockwell

1,869 posts

102 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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crusty said:
Is this car 3 times the car of an M5 F10?,

To me this seems poor value in comparison, or am I missing something?
Massively missing something, this is a limited run black series with *THAT* engine and that body kit and low miles.

20-25k will get you a knackered early M5 with very high mileage and multiple owners with no chance of a BMW warranty.

A decent LCI F10 M5 Competition with the updated idrive etc should set you back at least 35k, which is still half the money of this but it’s not limited or a future classic.

These command a high price and even the late C63 507 editions start at 35-40k for 5 year old examples.

I’ve always preferred BMW’s to Merc’s but when it comes to the C63, I’d pick any variant over any BMW equivalent with my eyes closed!

Edited by Chestrockwell on Tuesday 3rd September 14:35

Reavenger

114 posts

78 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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I'd be very happy after 32,000 miles and 7 years of happy motoring if I got £70,000. Smiles per miles and a good sum at the end. Nice to see the owner had fun and used it.

stabilio

204 posts

116 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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If only the regular C63 had those rear arches.

soad

30,312 posts

121 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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tch911 said:
A very easy, and very cheap solution. The Remus H Pipe. About £500 fitted.

Its an H-Pipe that deletes the secondary Cats. It's MOT friendly and does not affect the car at all in terms of sensors/warning lights.

I had one fitted to my C63 PPP and it was exactly what I wanted. The noise inside the cabin was increased, under load, but no different under normal day to day until a little flex of the right foot, and burble burble. A little louder on start up, granted, but start up was always a door-open affair anyway! No drone, no resonance, and no ASBO.

There's a post here, from when I had it fitted, but I cant seem to get the link to work. Google "c63 exhaust pistonheads tch911" and it
There you go: 2012 C63 AMG - EXHAUST RECOMMENDATIONS