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Mercedes-AMG to revive Black Series with C 63 & GT – report

November 18, 2016

The gossip from the Los Angeles motor show is already heating up, with the head of AMG saying a hardcore C-Class AMG coupe variant, as well as Black Series version of the AMG GT is under consideration.

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Speaking with Autocar, head of Mercedes’s performance arm AMG, Tobias Moers, hinted that considering the success of the previous generation C 63 Black Series, AMG may well release a hardcore variant of the latest model (pictured above). A mysterious prototype was spotted earlier this year with the hallmarks of a Black Series, sparking initial speculation (below).

Bearing in mind that AMG is sitting on powertrains like the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 unit in the 375kW C 63 S, the 430kW AMG GT R, and new 450kW AMG E 63 S, a future Black-modified C-Class could push out as much as 450kW or more.

While Moers didn’t confirm a launch date for a new C 63 Black, he did hint at a GT Black Series, saying, “It won’t be here soon, because Black Series cars tend to come towards the end of a car’s production cycle, but an AMG GT Black is a car we must do.”

One of the hurdles the company is facing is the fact that it already has the GT R, which is a hotted-up version of the GT S, which itself is a hotted-up version of the GT.

“How do we make it even better? That’s the dilemma,” Moers said.

There are no AMG Black Series models on sale at the moment, and it seems almost unbelievable the German company isn’t currently capitalising on the popular nameplate.

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Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.