Vath Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Crams 10 lb. of Crazy into a 5 lb. Bag
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.
Vath starts out by replacing the standard C63 Black’s wheels with 20” gunmetal-finish rims wearing 255-series tires on the front and 295-series rubber on the rear. The suspension has also been lowered, more powerful brakes have been fitted, the carbon fiber rear wing has been ditched, a smattering of Vath badges has been affixed, and the grille insert has been replaced with one that’s sans emblem.
Of course, the real story is under the hood. Vath reprograms the ECU, the exhaust system is replaced with one that flows better and, oh yeah, adds a supercharger with an in-house manufactured air-to-water intercooler. These changes raise output to an eye-inflating 746hp and 590 lb.-ft or torque. All that muscle gets sent rearward through AMG’s 7-speed wet-clutch automatic transmission.
Light the fuse on this red rocket sled and you’ll reach 62 mph from a stop in 3.6 seconds, or six-tenths sooner than stock. Top speed is an out-bleeping-rageous 218 mph. Of course, considering the engine upgrades alone cost the equivalent of about $48,000, it should be fast. If you want all the other aforementioned upgrade parts, you’ll have to shell out even more, plus the $125,000 or so for a C63 AMG Black. And that’s assuming you can even get your hands on a C63 AMG Black, since only about 100 are being sent Stateside. In other words, Vath-tuned examples will be rare on top of rare. You think Xzibit will get one?