A supercar with charm

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THE Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Black Series is a car with genuine presence. It’s more exotic in look and feel than any car based on a C-Class has any right to be, offering genuine supercar charisma.

It has a long pedigree of rapid Mercedes compact saloons to call upon but it elevates that particular form line to unprecedented heights.

To put it into perspective, we all thought the Cosworth-engineered Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 was quite the hot ticket at the time and that fronted up 185bhp. Try 510bhp for size.

That gorgeous coupe profile houses a behemoth 6.2-litre V8 good for 620Nm of torque. Power is deployed via the familiar seven-speed AMG Speedshift MCT automatic gearbox, but this is a car with some very trick tweaks.

The specially forged alloy wheels, for instance, weigh eleven kilos less than more conventional 19-inch alloys. Pistons, conrods and crankshaft are all borrowed from the SLS AMG supercar and a massive oil cooler is fitted to make the car suitable for extended track sessions.

Coilover suspension, massive brakes and a retuned ESP stability control system underscore its intent. Performance? It’ll cudgel 60mph into submission in 3.9 seconds and run on to an electronically limited 155mph. Just wait until you hear the engine note.

It’s about as far removed from a normal road car as can be in any way legal.

Of course, you could argue that cars like this are dinosaurs at a time when low emissions and high economy are in vogue. That’s to ignore the pure visceral thrill of a great performance car and the fact that there’s a ready, albeit small, market for exactly this sort of car.

You’ve only got to visit a private track day at the Nrburgring to see cars of exactly this type being used exactly as they were intended and long may that continue.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

CAR: Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Black Series

PRICE: £110,000 [est] - on the road

INSURANCE GROUP: 50

CO2 EMISSIONS: 286g/km

PERFORMANCE: 0-60mph 3.9s / Max Speed 186mph

FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 23mpg [est]

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Twin front, side & curtain airbags / ABS / ESP

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/heightmm 4725/1835/1438mm.