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The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe is already a formidable parkway pugilist, what with its angry 6.2L V8 quaking the pavement with 451hp (481hp with the AMG Development Package) in the nimble C-Class body and all. AMG makes it even crazier with the Black Series version, which adds flared fenders, functional aero bits carbon-ceramic brakes, rear-seat delete (though you can have them leave it in at no charge) and raises engine output to 510hp. In short, it’s about as close as you can get to driving Merc’s 2012 DTM racer without kidnapping and impersonating Gary Paffett.
But if the stock C63 AMG Coupe Black Series is stupid fast, there’s always going to be at least one person who wants it to be lobotomized-gnat fast. Thankfully, the tuning community is, as always, at the ready to deliver. And the company that delivers in what has to be the biggest way is Vath.
One of the most exciting new vehicles to be shown at last year’s Villa D’Este Concours was the Aston Martin V12 Zagato, a striking reimagining of the standard V12 Vantage. At the time, it was officially a concept, but the fact that an additional one was built for and competed in the Nürburgring 24 Hours seemed to indicate otherwise. Well, it didn’t take long after that for Aston Martin to come clean and say that it will build and sell a limited number of these Anglo-Italian bruisers.
Now Aston Martin has revealed photos and info on the final production version. And while the exterior styling (rendered in a combination of carbon fiber and hand-fabricated aluminum) is very much a derivative of the initial concept and competition vehicles, there’s considerably more polish inside and out.
For most of its existence, the pickup truck has merely been a four-wheeled tool. A vehicle free of extraneous frills and frivolities, intended as an internal-combustion-powered pack animal. But many pickup buyers, then and now, want some individuality with their utility (We’ve already covered the performance end of the equation.), and starting in the mid-1950s, the American manufacturers started catering toward those buyers by offering style conscious, playfully-named special edition models.
These high-falutin' haulers have run the gamut from gaudy to glorious; even so, there have been so many minted over the decades that it's a bit of a chore to whittle the fleet down to the 10 most elite. Yet we feel we've managed to do just that, and you can inspect the fruits of our labor after the jump.