Design, aerodynamics and equipment: Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3

Nov 18, 2011
  • Sporty, masculine design with motorsport influences
  • Optimum aerodynamic balance for high levels of driving dynamics
  • AMG Aerodynamics package with adjustable carbon-fibre rear aerofoil
  • Functional interior reflects an attention to detail
  • AMG Performance Media as an optional highlight
  • COMAND Online with mobile internet access
In visual terms, the most powerful C-Class of all time consistently continues the tradition of the previous Black Series vehicles. The style of the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is also inspired by the successful SLS AMG GT3 customer sports car – particularly when fitted with the optional AMG Aerodynamics package, which is dominated by the fixed carbon-fibre rear aerofoil. To put it in simple terms: the transfer of technology from the world of motorsport was clearly an integral component for the designers and aerodynamics experts from Affalterbach.
Broad, powerful, dynamic
The sporty, masculine exterior design unmistakably highlights the vehicle's high level of driving dynamics. Viewed from the front, the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is powerful and broad: the arrow-shaped front apron with its angled struts has three large air intake openings to guarantee effective flow to the radiator. As is usual with racing vehicles, the lower edge is fitted with a high-gloss, black-painted front splitter. It optimises the aerodynamic balance of the vehicle. The central Mercedes star sits on a wing-shaped transverse slat in the radiator grille. Similar to the SLS AMG GT3, the aluminium engine cover has two openings to expel engine heat.
The front apron continues into the muscular-shaped front wings, which have been widened by 28 mm on each side and are home to the 255/35 R 19 wide-base tyres. "6.3" logos affixed to the sides – reminiscent of the SLS AMG – hint at the powerful heart which beats beneath the vehicle's bonnet. The air outlets hinted at the rear of the front wings are a stylistic feature borrowed from the world of motorsport. High-gloss black-painted inserts in the dynamic side sill panels continue the concept of the front splitter towards the rear. Due to the increased track width and the 285/30 R 19 wide-base tyres on the rear axle, the rear wings also had to be redesigned and widened by 42 mm on each side. The air inlets hinted at here also perfectly match their counterparts on the front wings. High-gloss black-painted exterior mirror housings round off the side view.
Painted in titanium grey and with a high-sheen finish, the 10-spoke AMG forged wheels in sizes 9 x 19 (front) and 9.5 x 19 (rear) allow a free view of the AMG high-performance braking system with its red-painted brake callipers. As an optional alternative, the AMG Performance Studio also offers matt-black-painted AMG forged wheels featuring a 10-spoke design and high-sheen finish. The tyres fitted to both wheel variants are identical.
Diffuser and cooling air openings in the rear
The rear section of the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series appears just as broad as the front. The rear apron is characterised by the air outlets hinted at in this section as well as the black diffuser insert. Here to there are parallels to the SLS AMG GT3: the diffuser protrudes beyond the profile of the rear apron. The diffuser insert has two channels and a central opening: if the customer opts for the AMG Track package, this is where the active rear axle transmission cooling is located. A spoiler lip on the boot lid, painted in the vehicle colour, helps to reduce lift at the rear axle, resulting in more driving stability at high speeds. A discrete yet exclusive touch is the AMG logo with black offset Black Series lettering on the top right of the boot lid.
AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package and AMG Aerodynamics package
An even sportier appearance comes courtesy of the AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package which is available as an optional extra from the AMG Performance Studio. With this, the front splitter and exterior mirror housings are finished in genuine carbon fibre, as are the inserts in the side sill panels, the diffuser insert and also the spoiler lip on the boot lid. A perfect addition to this is the optional AMG Aerodynamics package, also available from the AMG Performance Studio: it includes flics on the front apron, a functionally tuned front splitter with integrated spoiler lip, as well as an adjustable rear aerofoil. All of these components are made of genuine lightweight carbon fibre.
Optimum aerodynamic balance
The basic configuration of the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series already impresses with its optimum aerodynamic balance. The combination of slight lift at the front and rear axles ensures a high level of driving stability in all driving conditions.
The AMG Aerodynamics package not only boosts the vehicle's appearance but also optimises its aerodynamics even further. The flics on the front apron – basically as found on the SLS AMG GT3 – as well as the integrated centre spoiler lip beneath the front splitter, combine to halve lift at the front axle. The carbon-fibre rear aerofoil is supported on aluminium elements on the on the boot lid and can be manually adjusted by the driver. This requires only a few simple steps, with two levels to choose from: level 1 with a pitch angle of 0 degrees creates what is referred to as "zero lift" at the rear axle; in level 2 with a pitch angle of 4 degrees, the aerofoil achieves effective downforce at the rear axle without the lift at the front axle increasing significantly. Level 2 is recommended when driving on the race track, where driving stability benefits from the higher negative lift force, particularly during fast cornering.
The aerodynamic balance of the vehicle is also further enhanced with the AMG Aerodynamics package, a fact which has been confirmed with tests in the wind tunnel and test drives on a variety of high speed routes. Furthermore, a glimpse at the aerodynamic data reveals that at aerofoil level 1, the AMG Aerodynamics package has barely any negative effect on the drag coefficient and air resistance.
Aerodynamic data for C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series
C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series
C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series with AMG Aerodynamics package, aerofoil level 1
C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series with AMG Aerodynamics package, aerofoil level 2
Drag coefficient Cd
Frontal area A
2.136 m²
2.193 m²
2.193 m²
Air resistance Cd x A
0.748 m²
0.763 m²
0.781 m²
Sporty, functional and high-quality interior
The interior of the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series combines the sporty yet functional atmosphere of a racing car with the high-quality, exclusive ambience of a true AMG high-performance vehicle. Perfect workmanship, precise quality of manufacture and an eye for detail are what characterise the interior, which is finished in black with red highlight elements. Ties with motorsport are evident with the AMG sports bucket seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA and the lack of rear bench seat - measures which also help to reduce vehicle weight. As an option, the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is also available as a fully-fledged four-seater: in this case it comes with the AMG sports seats featured in the C 63 AMG Coupé as well as individual seats in the rear. The red designo seat belts are matched by the red stitching on the AMG sports bucket seats, door centre panels, armrests on the doors, centre console and shift lever gaiter.
The AMG Performance steering wheel finished in nappa leather/DINAMICA is also highlighted in red. The steering wheel rim featuring flattened top and bottom sections sits perfectly in the hand. Silver aluminium shift paddles allow for manual gear selection in all four transmission modes. The left paddle shifts down while the right paddle shifts up. The three-dimensional airbag cover with chrome Mercedes star is embedded in metallic "Silver Shadow" trim, the lower spoke of which features a cut-out design.
Behind the steering wheel, the driver discovers three clearly arranged and easily legible round dials in a tube design. As is characteristic of AMG, the dials feature striking lettering and red pointers, and the speedometer displays a scale up to 320 km/h and sports AMG lettering, while the rev counter has a "6.3 V8" logo. Positioned centrally in the speedometer, and therefore ideally in the driver's field of view, is the high-resolution, three-dimensional TFT colour display. When the driver's door is opened, an AMG logo is displayed as a greeting.
The screen enables the convenient display of all of the functions of the AMG main menu. Three menus are available: "Warm Up", "Set Up" and "RACE". "Warm up" shows the engine oil and coolant temperatures, "Set up" shows which ESP® mode is currently switched on and whether the transmission mode is set to "C", "S", "S+" or "M". In "RACE" mode the RACETIMER is on standby: the driver can use it to calculate circuit times on a race track. The upshift indicator is only active in transmission mode "M": shortly before the engine speed approaches its maximum of 7200 rpm, the display colour changes to red to give the driver a clear indication that a gear change is necessary. The driver is able to operate the AMG main menu via twelve multifunction buttons on the AMG Performance steering wheel.
The dashboard, door panelling and centre console feature AMG-specific trim elements in a high-gloss black piano lacquer finish. Alternatively, customers can opt for AMG carbon-fibre trim. On the centre console, next to the selector lever which has a DINAMICA cover, is the rotary switch for the transmission modes C, S, S+, M and RACE START. Another exclusive highlight is the "AMG Black Series" logo on the trim strip above the glove compartment.
The standard specification of the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series also includes (selection):
  • Adaptive flashing brake lights
  • AMG door sill panels in brushed stainless steel with AMG logo
  • AMG sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs
  • Audio 20 CD radio with double tuner, colour display, Bluetooth® interface, hands-free function, USB interface and eight loudspeakers
  • Driver and front-seat passenger airbags
  • Headlamp Assist
  • THERMATIC automatic climate control
  • Belt tensioners and belt-force limiters
  • LED tail lights
  • Driver's kneebag
  • Tyre pressure loss warning system
  • Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC variable speed limiter
  • Windowbags all round
Six body colours are available, including two magno matt paint finishes:
  • fire opal non-metallic paint (standard)
  • diamond white metallic BRIGHT
  • iridium silver metallic
  • obsidian black metallic
  • designo magno allanite grey
  • designo magno night black
Other optional extras include (selection):
  • AMG door sill panels for the front, illuminated in white using LED technology
  • AMG floor mats
  • Becker® MAP PILOT
  • COMAND Online
  • Digital radio (DAB)
  • Harman Kardon® Logic7® surround sound system
  • Intelligent Light System ILS
  • Convenience telephony
  • Media interface
  • Reversing camera
  • Tinted side/rear windows
  • Heated front seats
AMG Performance Media, can be combined with COMAND Online
After the SLS AMG, the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is the second AMG model which can be fitted with the optional AMG Performance Media. This innovative and informative system has been inspired by the world of motorsport and provides numerous telemetry displays of such items as various engine data as well as lateral and linear acceleration and lap times.
Key functions at a glance:
  • Real-time display of lateral and linear acceleration combined with braking performance and accelerator position, including memory function
  • Recording of individual lap times on a closed-off race circuit, with sector times and memory function
  • Integration of functions to save setup data to memory and initiate RACE START
  • Real-time display of acceleration time from 0-100 km/h (alternatively: quarter-mile)
  • Real-time display of engine oil, coolant and transmission fluid temperature
  • Real-time display of engine output, torque and accelerator position
  • Real-time display of individual tyre pressures
AMG Performance Media is activated by pressing the AMG button in the upper control panel and operated with the COMAND Controller. All functions are visible for both vehicle occupants on the high-resolution 17.8 centimetre colour display of the COMAND Online multimedia system (optional extra). Numerous items of information which are otherwise integrated into the AMG menu in the central display are now to be found in graphic form in AMG Performance Media – e.g. the tyre pressure display, the active transmission mode, the ESP®mode, the suspension setup and the engine oil/coolant/transmission oil temperatures.
The upper menu bar offers a choice of "Data", "Race" and "Setup", while the lower bar offers further choices such as "Temp", "Power" and "Tyres". When the desired sub-menu has been selected, the menu bars disappear and the display fills the entire screen. Three displays always appear at the same time, the most important information being displayed in the centre. Simulated digital dial instruments with red needles ensure outstanding legibility. The vehicle is configured using the "Setup" menu – storing e.g. the transmission mode or the ESP® mode: the active setup appears on the left, an individually configurable setup in the centre and RACE START mode on the right.
Real-time "Power" display: engine output and torque
Sheer excitement is guaranteed by the "Power" display: depending on the accelerator position shown on the right, the central dial instrument shows the current engine output in hp while the scale on the left indicates the current torque in newton metres – in this way AMG Performance Media delivers visual proof of the high performance of which the Black Series model is capable. In the "Temp" menu the engine oil temperature is shown in the centre, flanked by the coolant temperature (left) and the transmission oil temperature (right). The tyre pressure display shows a stylised C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series and the respective individual tyre pressures.
"Race" mode: G-Meter visualises high driving dynamics
In "Race" mode the so-called G-Meter appears in the centre, showing the driver the current lateral and linear acceleration. The left and right displays show the current brake pressure and the accelerator position, each as a percentage. The G-Meter enables the driver to monitor the high driving dynamics. Depending on the current driving situation, the red dot moves forwards, backwards, to the left or right. Three circles in the dial instrument show a graduation of the current G-forces from 0.5 g and 1.0 g to 1.5 g. Motorsport fans will be familiar with this display from TV reporting of Formula 1 events.
A grey bar shows the maximum acceleration rates achieved since the last reset. In the "History" function the driver can call up a display of the lateral and linear acceleration figures for the last ten minutes. The time of day, steering angle in degrees and vehicle speed are also stored in memory. A screenshot showing the figures is also available, and this can be saved to an external memory via a USB interface.
"Track" menu: a personal race engineer on board
An even greater motorsports feeling is provided by the "Track" menu. This mode not only offers various recording possibilities, for example individual lap times on a closed race circuit, but also sector times including an analysis and memory function. In short: "Track" mode places a personal race engineer on board who is able to help the driver to make continuous improvements to his personal race track performance.
Not only the respective lap times are therefore displayed, but also the difference from the fastest lap time. And this is not all: all individual figures such as brake pressure, accelerator position, lateral and linear acceleration can be separately displayed for each lap when in Parameter mode. In conjunction with the individually selectable sector times, the driver is able to see at a glance where his improvement potential lies.
Comparison of up to five completed laps
The matrix display allows up to five laps to be compared. AMG Performance Media saves the absolved racing laps to memory. The driver is able to decide which laps to display. The fastest lap time is shown in green, and the best and worst individual figures in green and red respectively.
The relevant circuit layout is shown graphically, with the Nürburgring North Loop in Rheinland-Pfalz and the Hockenheimring integrated ex factory. New circuits can be individually absolved, named and stored in memory. Lap times and data recorded in Track mode can be saved to a USB stick, enabling the data to be analysed on a PC at home and then reloaded back into the system.
RACE START mode: faster and more convenient than before
RACE START mode is a further function, and its activation is faster and more convenient in conjunction with AMG Performance Media. After selection using the COMAND Controller, a bar chart shows the driver the necessary braking pressure. The driver then only needs to pull the shift paddle in the "Up" direction once to confirm the RACE START function, fully depress the accelerator and release the brakes. Manual pre-selection using the rotary transmission control is unnecessary, as is activation of ESP® SPORT Handling mode.
AMG Performance Media and COMAND Online
The internet function available as standard on the SLS AMG is also available on the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series. However, since both vehicles have different equipment platforms, the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series makes use of the COMAND Online multimedia system (optional extra). The driver can either surf freely on the internet when at a standstill or to a Mercedes-Benz online service while driving; the latter’s pages can be called up particularly quickly and it is simple to operate. The integral services planned include Google™ Local Search and further online services from other suppliers such as the weather. It is also possible to send individual destinations and routes to the vehicle via Google Maps. More Mercedes-Benz online services will be introduced gradually and then all customers will be able to use them.
The high-resolution colour display measures 17.8 cm (7-inch diagonal). Photos can be shown on the large screen and turned over manually, as in a slide show. Where the audio equipment is concerned, too, new types of representation bring a fresh look and more convenient operation. The new Cover Flow function, for instance, sorts the title images of the music albums stored in a carousel-like form, so that the driver can leaf through his or her music collection. The memory for compressed audio files (MP3, WMA and AAC formats) now comprises as much as 10 GB. As an option, COMAND Online is available with a 6-disc DVD changer.
The ultimate in convenience is afforded by the Music Search function, which enables drivers and passengers to search the hard disc, SD memory cards, USB sticks, CDs and DVDs for specific music tracks and artists. The search can be according to various criteria, for instance artist, album or genre. If a name needs to be entered, the software will also tolerate spelling mistakes. The driver is therefore able to devote their full attention to the traffic. As a further advantage, the occupants are able to search all the connected media and devices simultaneously.
Up-to-date maps of Europe are provided without charge for three years
The fast hard-disc navigation system of COMAND Online also has added functions. New features include a 3D display with three-dimensional city views. Also new: routes covered can be recorded and repeated later, specific personal destinations can be imported via an SD card and four alternative routes can be displayed on the navigation map, one of them a particularly economical variation. Mercedes-Benz customers in Europe receive the current cards for their COMAND Online multimedia system free of charge for three years. Authorised Mercedes-Benz dealers upload the updates for navigation data in 39 European countries into the navigation system when the customer visits their premises.
In Europe COMAND Online also comprises the Speed Limit Assist, which receives its information for traffic sign recognition via a camera and navigation database. COMAND Online also includes the LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system for audio, telephone and navigation. The new “One Shot” input for the navigation is particularly convenient, whereby the place and road can be said directly after one another.