The most powerful C-Class ever and a more potent track-oriented GT version of the SLS roadster headline the latest updates from Merc’s AMG performance division.
MERCEDES-BENZ C63 AMG COUPÉ BLACK SERIES
With a 380 kW 6,3-litre V8 engine, the acceleration figure of zero to 100 km/h in 4,2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h seem no less than you’d expect from the fearsome-looking C63 coupé in Black Series trim. Maximum torque is an eyepopping 620 N.m, by the way. In an attempt to channel at least some of this monumental urge to the road, this clearly track-focused vehicle comes with adjustable AMG coil-over sports suspension as standard, but for those with loftier ambitions will probably opt for the optional AMG Track package and Aerodynamics package.
The Track package includes sports tyres and active rearaxle transmission cooling; the Aerodynamics package adds flics, a functionally tuned front splitter and an adjustable carbon-fibre rear aerofoil.
Tricks of the trade.
(1) Coil-over sports suspension. AMG describes its sports suspension as a sophisticated new development. This kind
of design, a motorsport staple, is characteristic of the Black Series model. Benefits include a range of setting options to tailor a very personal set-up.
(2) Flics. Made of carbon fibre and located on the front apron, these help optimise the car’s aero characteristics.
Price: from R1 425 000.
MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG GT
This one is not for the fainthearted. The new SLS AMG GT heads definitively trackwards with peak output of its builtby-one-man 6,3-litre V8 raised to 435 kW (achieved largely by what Merc calls in-engine “dethrottling”), optimised Speedshift DCT 7-speed sports transmission and redeveloped suspension. Model-specific cosmetic tweaks add to the overall effect of supreme athleticism, but there’s no question that this latest iteration of the gullwing roadster is all about
performance. The GT reaches 100 km/h from standstill in a breathtaking 3,7 seconds and doubles that speed in another
7,5 seconds. The top speed is an almost academic 320 km/h. Which, by the way, is electronically limited.