WITH 510bhp on tap, the 2012 Mercedes C 63 AMG Black Series is the most powerful C-Class ever made.
The coupe was launched at the German Grand Prix, and the numbers on its spec sheet make mouth-watering reading for petrolheads all over the world.
As well as its vast reserves of power, it has a massive 457lb/ft of tyre-shredding torque - that’s more than double the pulling power of an average turbo diesel hatchback.
Mercedes claims the Black Series has benefited from technological hand-me-downs from motorsport, and is keen to link it to the phenomenal SLS supercar, with which it shares some engine and cooling technology.
The 6.2-litre V8 engine itself has been refined for the Black Series, with special forged pistons and a lightweight crankshaft coming from the SLS and helping to boost the power output.
Its coil-over suspension is adjustable, giving drivers the freedom to create a set-up that’s perfectly suited to them, whether they’re lapping a track in Germany or a B-road in Britain.
A wide range of electrical safety systems are hooked up to the drivetrain and suspension to keep the latest C 63 pointing in the right direction. Two packages can be added to the C 63 AMG Black Series. The first, the AMG Track Package, comprises Dunlop tyres specially developed for this car.
Then there’s the AMG Aerodynamics Package, which optimises the car’s aerodynamics with front and rear carbon fibre add-ons.