After the muscle cars died an inglorious death in the 1970s and 80s, it was left to the Germans to take up the mantle. Well, somebody had to do it. And with the formula of “small car + big V-8 = great success,” Mercedes-Benz has nailed the formula down pat: a big engine in the form of a 6.2-liter V-8, 510 horses, and a bulging body about the size of a Kia Rio.
Now, Carlos Lago takes the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series around Laguna Seca for Motor Trend’s Ignition. That’s a mouthful. It’ll hit 60 miles per hour by the time you finish saying its name, and 120 if you eat peanut butter beforehand. Why is the Black Series so special—over an already special version of a special car? (Coupes are cool. The C-Class coupe, as we found out, especially.) Well, Motor Trend’s ringer driver Randy Pobst finds out.
The Black Series adds suspension and carbon fiber upgrades as well as a boost of 59 horsepower to the 451 horsepower on the regular C63 AMG. (The package is $43,570 in total, which equates to $738.47 per horse, which is still cheaper than an actual horse) It’s “tight, like a race car,” Pobst says, expecting to be quoted in the next round of Mercedes-Benz’s advertising materials. “It’s not like any Mercedes I ever drove before.” It’s a car that definitely deserves respect—but yes, you can get it sideways. Long live the muscle car, Mercedes-Benz.
Ignition appears every Monday on Motor Trend’s Youtube channel.