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Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK63 Black Edition

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK63 Black Edition

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK63 Black Edition

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK63 Black Edition

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK63 Black Edition interior

Year (of specifications) 2007
Engine 6.3 litre V8
Transmission 7-speed RWD
Max speed 186 mph (electronically limited)
0-60 mph 4.1 seconds
Horsepower 500 bhp
weight -

The Mercedes AMG CLK63 Black Edition which was unveiled at the 2007 New York International Auto Show is a street legal version of the Official F1 Safety Car, which borrows design and technology from the Formula One racing world. For starters, the CLK63 Black Series is a 500 horsepower version of the AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine, with 0-60 mph acceleration of 4.1 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph.

The AMG CLK63 Black offers one of the most involving drives from a Mercedes-Benz car. The rear end can be kicked out at will and held with relative ease thanks to a rigid chassis and stiff suspension.

The new CLK63 Black Series model can be easily identified by its carbon-fiber flared fenders that are filled with larger, staggered-width wheels and tires. New AMG forged 19" aluminum wheels are shod with Pirelli P Zero Corsa sports tires. Larger vented and perforated composite disc brakes can be seen through the AMG wheels; front discs are 14.2 inches in diameter, with 13.0-inch discs at the rear.

Other obvious changes to the exterior of the CLK63 Black Edition include a new front apron with carbon cooling air intakes under the front bumper and lateral air outlets in the front fenders, which feeds extra air to a larger radiator and a second transmission oil cooler. Redesigned side skirts under the doors lead to its flared rear fenders and a new rear apron with carbon-fiber air diffuser fins.

High-performance parts from the F1 Safety Car include an AMG sports exhaust, a limited-slip rear differential and a separate oil cooler for the rear final drive, which uses a thermostatically controlled cooling fan to limit temperature peaks. On the trunk lid, a carbon-fiber spoiler airflow helps reduce aerodynamic lift forces at high speed.

The AMG CLK63 Black Series model is powered by the first engine designed totally by AMG. One of the most powerful naturally aspirated production V8s ever, the new engine boasts a wealth of features derived from AMG's highly successful racing heritage. Built almost completely from a high-strength silicon-aluminum alloy, the 6.3-liter V8 features four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, bucket followers (rather than rocker arms) and a variable intake manifold. The engine shares no parts with Mercedes-Benz V8 engines. A first for a production engine, the cylinder bores feature a twin-wire-arc-sprayed (TWAS) coating, a new process that results in impressively low friction and running surfaces that are twice as hard as conventional cast-iron cylinders.

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