SPY PIC Merc C63

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Gotcha! -

WHATIS IT? Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Se­ries WHYTHE FUSS? It’s a weapon WHEN’S IT HERE? Late 2012 HOW­MUCH? $200,000 (es­ti­mate) A fac­tory Benz with bolt-on body bits that could have come from a west­ern sub­urbs chop shop can only mean one thing — it’s back to black at the AMG hot shop. Work is now well un­der­way in Ger­many on a C63 AMG Black Se­ries car in­tended to out­run the ri­valBMWM3 and Audi RS4 later this year, with more than 420kW to be fed through the same seven-speed dry-clutch au­to­matic gear­box al­ready in use.

But Black cars are fo­cused on weight loss as much as power gains, which points to ex­ten­sive use of car­bon fi­bre and a more ex­otic treat­ment for the pumped-out body bits needed to cover the gi­ant wheels on this go-fast Benz.

Carparazzi caught the Black Se­ries test car, al­though no-one knows yet if the four-door sedan will make it to pro­duc­tion, or if it’s a test mule.

Ev­ery pre­vi­ous Black Se­ries car has been built up from a two-door body, start­ing with the com­pact CLK and in­clud­ing the flag­ship SL road­ster.

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