Mercedes-AMG C 63 ‘R’ / Black Series spotted at Nurburgring (video)

It seems Mercedes-AMG could be planning a more potent version of the C 63 V8 sports car, with plenty of clues suggesting an ‘R’ version could be on the way.


AMG fans will remember the previous-gen C 63 Black Series, and there is also a chance the Black Series name could return. But judging by the recently-unveiling GT R, it’s believed Mercedes is more likely to use the newer ‘R’ name for the higher-performance variant.

As we can see in the spy video below, the model – whatever it ends up being called – looks like it will come with an extensive aero kit with a larger rear wing, low chin spoiler at the front, and some lightweight body panels such as the boot lid.

Under the bonnet there’s speak of a tuned 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing around 430kW, like in the GT R. This would be significantly up on the standard C 63 S’s 375kW output, and should give the coupe plenty of oomph for a 300km/h-plus top speed and 0-100km/h time below 3.8 seconds. There is also a 410kW version of the same engine used in the GT C that could be adopted.

In other areas, the new Black Series/R is expected to come with hardcore suspension with adjustable settings, super-light alloy wheels, bigger brakes than those used on the regular C 63, and a partially stripped out interior with bucket seats.

Check out the video below for a preview. With relatively little disguise on this prototype, we anticipate some official information in the coming months.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.