When you look at AMG’s C63 Black I’d hazard a guess that you wouldn’t be thinking that it’s a bit soft and could do with a little bit more grunt. But, I could be wrong. With a 0-100 km/h sprint in a little over four seconds and a Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes 43 seconds the Black isn’t what you’d call a slouch fresh from Affalterbach. But sometimes more than enough just doesn’t cut it, and for those times one must delve into the world of the ‘aftermarket’.
It’s a dark and mysterious world, where for the price of a used hatchback, one can purchase a 2.3 litre twin-screw supercharger that will turn your already bat-shit crazy AMG into a 631 horsepower at the flywheel, tyre destroying coupe. The company that produces these superchargers, Weistec, claims that a stock-standard Black Series churns out an impressive 394 horsepower at the rear wheels. This figure becomes a much more healthy 523 horsepower at the wheels after they’ve had their way with the M156 V8.
There were only 32 of these C63 Black Series brought into Australia and despite the fact that they were just under a quarter of a million dollars, all sold out rather swiftly. The C63 coupe was the third in an interesting line of cars from AMG, following the CLK63 and SL65 Black Series. Despite the fact that the C63 Black Series looks remarkably similar to its lesser cousin the C63 coupe, almost all mechanical parts were fettled in the conversion. The track grew and the V8 was shoehorned with the SLS’ lightened crank shaft, forged connecting rods and pistons. Most notably, from a visual perspective, it grew one of the most aggressive body kits ever to grace a German executive coupe.
I’m not entirely sure what was going through the head of the person who purchased Weistec’s supercharger kit, but I’m glad they acted on those thoughts/voices compelling them to ‘mess’ with one of AMG’s most revered specials. I was only lucky enough to see this car in the flesh when it was being worked on at a friend’s workshop where the coil-packs and spark-plugs were being replaced due to a missfire. This means I’m left to imagine the noise that this thing produces…here’s the next best thing though.