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C63 Black Series Gets New Shoes: ADV.1 5.1

The weather may be a bit chilly and the snow may have arrived but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for some new summer shoes for the C63 Black Series (CBS). It was a rather difficult trek to the shoot location as the melting snow from last week’s dump is still all over the streets. Limping along at well under the speed limit, the CBS did finally make it to the site without making too much of a mess of its matte coat.

I struggled a lot with wheel choice because of how good the factory matte black wheel looked. Problem is, the PSS’s did not come in the factory tire sizes in the rear, so everyone is using the 295’s out back, which require a 10″ wheel. The factory rear is 19×9.5 so the tire doesn’t fit properly. It works, but heavy transitions was terrible from the sidewalls flexing.

I ended up photoshopping every wheel imaginable onto the car and ended up with this.

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Street Legal Car Fails Calgary Noise Snare




Calgary Noise Snare and Bylaw is Flawed

The second open house for the the City of Calgary’s new weapon to combat excessively loud vehicles wrapped up yesterday evening after 469 vehicles rolled through the Noise Snare. We previously mentioned that some vehicles straight off the dealer showroom would exceed the 96 decibels threshold the City has chosen and we wanted to test it out with a brand new 2012 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Black Series.

First, a little bit on how the Noise Snare works. The vehicle mounted device constantly monitors ambient noise levels using a microphone placed above the rear tire of a parked bylaw vehicle. When a pre-set level is hit the two cameras are activated and begin recording clips of the vehicle approaching as well as it driving away from the noise snare. The concept is simple, but the implementation will be a lot trickier than deploying say a photo radar van that snaps a photo of speeding vehicles. With noise, there are many other factors at play that need to be under control that a bylaw officer may or may not have control of such as: distance from vehicle being measured, sound reflections off buildings or other vehicles and of course how the dB meter readings are weighted.

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Project Black Series: Satin Wrap Timelapse


The first “mod” of any of our project cars is a full wrap to protect the brand new paint. We’ve had quite a bit of success with the XPEL Stealth product in our CLK Black Series that we decided to do it all over again for the CBS. Our car was optioned with Obsidian Black metallic paint, and with the matte clear paint protection film, it creates a Satin finish due to the metallic flakes reflecting back from under the film.

Thanks to the team over at Shadow Tinting, they meticulously wrapped the entire car, 3M’d all carbon fibre pieces, and added window protection film to the huge glass roof. They allowed us to setup our cameras to capture everything, so we ended up with a timelapse video showing off the entire process. 30 hours of work, compressed down to 3 mins.

The color is not exactly easy to capture on camera, but we were able to get pretty close with our impromptu photoshoot inside the Shadow Tinting bay. Take a close look at the tail lights, our car was fitted with an experimental matte tint from Shadow Tinting, which creates a diffused glow when the brakes are applied, without affecting brightness at all.

Check out the full photoshoot after the jump.


First Drive: Mercedes-Benz C63 Coupe AMG Black Series


The first of the new C63 AMG Coupe Black Series (we’ll just call it the CBS for short) has arrived in Canada! With 3 out of 30 CBS’s in Canada going to Beyonders, I’m lucky enough to take this beast home. I’ve had my order in for this car since 2010, well before any official announcements, and finally, she’s in my hands!

First impressions of the car… awesome. I owned the predecessor to the CBS, the CLK63 Black Series, which was nearly the perfect car for me. The CBS fixes every complaint I had with the CLK63 BS. The Nav and iPod infotainment system is top notch, there’s even an AMG Performance Media screen that shows me my cornering forces, much like the GT-R’s GT5 inspired display. The gearbox is much faster, and the rev matched downshifts are seamless. The new Speedshift MCT has ditched the torque converter, replacing it with a computer controlled clutch, resulting in improved efficiency, meaning more power to the road.

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Preview: C63 AMG Black Series


The first of the Beyond C63 Black Series have finally made it to the dealer. Here’s a short gallery of the car right off the train, heading to the dealer for delivery prep. Check back soon on a full review of this awesome machine!

Check out the gallery after the jump.


C63 Black Series Debuts in North America


We’ve covered the C63 AMG Black Series in depth over the last few months, revealing details of the car before anyone else, and covering the Nurburgring worldwide debut of the car. So what better place for a North American debut of the C63 AMG Black Series than Laguna Seca. Mercedes AMG brought 5 of the cars, optioned up with the Track Pack and Aero Pack, to flog around the legendary track for a press event a few days before the LA Auto Show opens up.

And what a car. A logical successor to the wildly successful 2008 CLK63 Black Series, Mercedes spent over a year tweaking the setup, fine tuning the aerodynamics to create a beast that can lap the Nurburgring a whopping 19 seconds faster than it’s predacessor. That’s an eternity in terms of laptimes.

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C63 Black Series officially unveiled


As we accurately predicted nearly a month ago, the C63 Coupe Black Series was officially announced at the German Grand Prix this weekend at the Nurburgring.

While we nailed the exact specs in our post, a few more details have emerged, specifically, options available on this beast. There are 2 optional packages available on the car, first being a track package which consists of Dunlop R compound tires, and an active differential cooler tucked in the back in front of the rear diffuser. The second is the aerodynamic package, which includes front winglets, front air splitter at the base of the bumper, and an adjustable rear wing in the back, all in carbon fiber. The aero package is said to increase overall downforce significantly.

Other options available include 2 carbon fiber trims (interior/exterior), lightweight forged wheels in matte black, fire extinguisher, intelligent light system, Keyless-Go, and tinted windows. There are rumors that suggest the panoramic sunroof will be standard on US spec cars.

I for one can not wait to see the arrival of this car. With the CLK63 Black Series being 4 years old, this is a worthy successor of the Black Series namesake. The official press release is after the jump.

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C63 AMG Black Series Confirmed for Canada in 2012

2013 C63 AMG Coupe Black Series

2013 C63 AMG Coupe Black Series

Several members on our car forums were recently contacted by their Canadian Mercedes-Benz dealers and told their 2013 C63 Coupe AMG Black Series waiting list spot had to be confirmed for a contest run by Mercedes-Benz Canada. The car has not been officially announced yet, but a few members have been digging for information from their AMG sales reps and we’ve been able to piece it all together to figure out exactly what’s going on!

Here’s what we know so far about the fourth Black Series car. It will arrive in Canada in 2012 as a 2013 model. The car will be powered by the M156 (6.2L V8) with P31 upgrade (SLS internals) producing over 500hp, 620Nm torque and will be ECU limited to 300km/h. All that power will be delivered to the 19″ AMG forged wheels via the new AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed transmission with wet startup clutch. The car with feature adjustable coilover suspension and rear locking differential, much like its CLK63 Black Series predecessor. MSRP is expected to be just over $100,000. There were rumors that the upcoming Black Series car was going to break tradition and be launched as a sedan but it looks like it will be a 2 seater coupe–for now.

The official announcement of the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series will be in July, likely at the Nurburgring track for the German Grand Prix. The C63 Black Series will only be sold through AMG Performance centers, but if you’re still on the fence it is already too late as all Canadian allocations have been spoken for. One forum member that tried to put a deposit down was told they were too late and all the allocations were taken.

To celebrate the second Black Series vehicle available in Canada, AMG will be holding a random draw for one lucky C63 AMG Coupe Black Series customer and their guest to attend the F1 GP in Germany to preview the car. The sales representative will also be joining as a Canadian ambassador. The contest closes June 30, and the winner be announced in early July.

Included in the prize package are:

  • AMG VIP Tickets to F1 Race at Nurburgring
  • Full access to AMG Lounge in the Mercedes-Benz Grandstand in the Paddock Club
  • C63 AMG Black Series preview on July 23, 2011 Night of the Stars

We’ll update as we learn more about this exciting new vehicle and if one of our forum members is the lucky winner, we’ll be sure to harass them to write about their experience from the Nurburgring! Congratulations for securing a deposit to one of the most highly anticipated vehicles from AMG in awhile!