Is Jeremy Clarkson selling his cars because he’s running out of money and needs to stay alive until he finds a new job? Probably not, but he has sold his beloved Mercedes CLK63 AMG Black Series.
Strike up a conversation about an iconic blast from the (recent) past and the CLK 63 Black could just come up, and you might just have to know how much of a beast it was.
In regular trim, the second-gen Mercedes-Benz CLK isn't what you call an enthusiast's car, but all that changes with the CLK 63 AMG Black Series (more so with the even rarer CLK DTM AMG).
If you have the dough to spare, you can't go wrong with a rare supercar like the 2000MY Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR of which only 25 examples were made between 1998 and 1999 in order to meet homologation standards for the brand's participation in the FIA GT1 class.
We’ve always wondered why Mercedes-Benz did not make an E63 AMG version of their E-Class Coupe and E-Class Cabriolet, which would have made a lot of sense, since they already have hot versions of pretty much any car in their lineup. Now, we learn that Mercedes itself regrets not having done so, but the Germans say this will amended in the next-generation car.
If the current crop of hypercars is not interesting enough, there is also the category of older cars that are actually very fast, even by modern standards of performance - like this 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, one of the few real “racing cars for the road.”
Now, a perfect example has just popped up on eBay, where it can be acquired for precisely $1,995,980 – the $500 deposit shouldn’t be a problem for any of the serious buyers looking at this car…
While many would like to have a Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Edition from the W209 series parked under their garage, the limited numbers it was produced and, of course, its hefty price tag, mean that very few drivers will ever get that opportunity.
If you don't mind losing out on the 6.2L AMG V8 that produces 507bhp and 465 lb.ft of torque and the specially tuned chassis, Prior Design has a solution for those who believe that it's all about the looks.
Only the rare Lamborghini Reventon Roadster and the 1,200PS (1,180bhp) Bugatti Veyron Super Sport meeting up on the road are a good enough reason for gearheads to celebrate, but in this video clip recorded close to the East Midlands Airport in England, you will discover a few more rarities from the world of superfast cars.
Besides a couple more Lamborghinis, including a Murcielago, there's also a Mercedes-Benz CLK AMG DTM Coupe and a TVR Sagaris – and they're all travelling together on public roads at speeds we assume aren't exactly legal…
Unlike the playful characters, Axel Foley and Billy Rosewood portrayed by Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold respectively in the 1980s blockbuster "Beverly Hills Cop" and its sequels, these real life boys in blue mean business.
The story has it that a pair of young girls was pulled over last Thursday, August 2, in Beverly Hills by LA County Sheriff’s deputies, allegedly for driving a stolen vehicle – an older generation Mercedes-Benz CLK Convertible, if our eyes don't deceive us.
While surely not a mainstream choice, there's no shortage of private sports cars dressed in the historic, characteristic orange and blue colors of Gulf Oil. Needless to say, the two-tone paintjob looks awesome on some cars and not so much on others.
In the video after the jump, you'll see a very rare Mercedes-Benz CLK AMG DTM sporting the iconic hues. Check it out and tell us what you think in the comments.
The C209 Mercedes-Benz CLK Coupe may have been replaced by the newer C207, but tuners aren't about to leave owners without aftermarket products. Florida-based Mercedes specialist RENNtech has just released a new aero package for the CLK 63 AMG Black Series, which includes a fully functional full carbon fiber front splitter and rear diffuser, front air brake ducts, a redesigned carbon air box and fully adjustable DTM style rear wing.
According to the company, all components have been tested by the firm's in house design and engineering staff "to integrate seamlessly within the original body work" and offer improvements in vehicle performance and handling. For details and pricing follow the break for the tuner's press release.
Brabus, the German tuner of all things with the star on the hood, has launched a new ECU upgrade for the Mercedes-Benz 200, 250 and 350 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY models with direct-injection gasoline engines.
Equipped with the Brabus ECO PowerXtra CGI kit, the four-valve four-cylinder direct-injection engines in the C200 and E200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY models produce an additional 26HP and 30 Nm (22 lb-ft) of torque.
Aside from the wide bodykit that sees the humble CLK Cabriolet gain several inches around the front and rear end, Inden-Design's DTM package adds in-house styled 19-inch alloys wrapped in 255/30 rubber on the front axle and 305/25 at the rear as well as a sport suspension kit from H&R and a sports exhaust system. For the interior, Inden offers a 22-piece carbon-fiber kit that can be complemented by a sports steering wheel and AMG graphics for the instrument panel.
With its sporty appearance and sumptuous level of appointments, the immediately available Sport Edition is a new highlight among the Coupés and Cabriolets of the Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class. 18-inch light-alloy wheels in an exclusive design, AMG styling features in the exterior and bi-xenon headlamps as standard give this special model a particularly distinctive appearance. The sporty, exclusive atmosphere of the interior is especially characterised by the grippy AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel, aluminium-look sports pedals and special velour floor mats.
The letter combination CLK has denoted excitement and driving pleasure for many years. The new "Sport Edition" special model now makes the Coupés and Cabriolets of the Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class even more desirable. Both externally and in the interior, the Sport Edition further upgrades the CLK models and makes them even more attractive and dynamic.
The exciting design of the CLK-Class is accentuated by muscular AMG styling features for an even more dynamic appearance. These include a front apron with more pronounced contours, as well as the rear apron and side skirts which typify AMG models. Large, 18-inch light-alloy wheels in a new, six twin-spoke design (front 225/40 R 18, rear 255/35 R18) further enhance the sporty appearance and contribute to driving pleasure. The same applies to the perforated front brake discs. The brake callipers of Sport Edition models bear the lettering "Mercedes-Benz".
The special CLK Sport Edition models are equipped with bi-xenon headlamps including dynamic beam control, cornering lights with an integral foglamp function and a headlamp washer system as standard. The Active Light System is also available as optional equipment. A large, chrome-plated exhaust tailpipe and a special rear silencer provide a sonorous, sporty exhaust note.
Sporty, masculine features
The new Sport Edition is based on the already sporty configuration of the luxurious AVANTGARDE design and equipment line. In models equipped with an automatic transmission, an AMG sports steering wheel with upper sections of perforated leather and steering wheel shift paddles ensures an even more sporty touch. Depending on the engine variant, a further technical highlight is available in the form of the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission, the world’s only car transmission of this kind. Its seven gears can be shifted either automatically, via a manual shift programme or by means of steering wheel shift paddles as in the motor racing world. Moreover, 7G-TRONIC Sport reduces gearshift times by up to 30 percent.
The sporty atmosphere of the interior is accentuated by black upholstery in a combination of high-quality ARTICO man-made leather and fabric. A black leather interior is also available on request. Other sporty touches include a sports pedal cluster with an aluminium look and non-slip studs, as well as velour floor mats with silver-coloured edging.
The special models of the Mercedes-Benz CLK Sport Edition are available as Coupés and Cabriolets, with a choice of six powerful engine variants which are among the most economical in their class.
This attractive enhancement package provides a further individualisation option, and is only available for AVANTGARDE variants of the CLK models. The cost of this sporty equipment package is 3 332 Euro (incl. VAT).
Moreover,the Black Series receives an engine upgrade. Mercedes-AMG engineers completely redesigning the intake and exhaust systems of the stock 481Hp 6,0-liter V8 thus rising output to 507Hp / 373 kW. Mercedes claims that the CLK 63 AMG Black Series accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds – thus 0.3 seconds faster than the standard model while the top speed (electronically limited) is 300 km/h. -Click “Read More…” below to see a high-res image gallery & the official press release
CLK 63 AMG Black Series: Formula One Technology for the Road
New York, Apr 04, 2007 From motor sport to pure culture: The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series based on the Official F1™ Safety Car – the high-performance AMG vehicle that has been providing Formula One safety since 2006. The coupe, optimized for the racing circuit, is powered by an AMG 6.3-liter V8 with its performance boosted to 373 kW/507 hp and 630
The new CLK 63 AMG Black Series is technically and visually oriented towards the Official F1™ Safety Car and thus addresses all sports-car enthusiasts who value high competitiveness. An output upgraded by 19 kW/26 hp accelerates the CLK 63 AMG Black Series from zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds – thus 0.3 seconds faster than the standard model with 354 kW/481 hp. The top speed (electronically limited) is 300 km/h.
Mercedes-AMG engineers achieved the increase in power to 373 kW/507 hp by completely redesigning the intake and exhaust systems. The high-revving, naturally-aspirated AMG engine, with its 6208 cc displacement, gets its fresh air via larger-dimensioned intake ducts. The new AMG sports exhaust system with full-length twin pipes stands out with its unmistakable, pleasant AMG V8 sound. Together with a newly calibrated engine control unit, these measures ensure not only efficient load change behavior, but also let this eight-cylinder unit respond to the accelerator with even greater alacrity.
An overview of the most important data:
CLK 63 AMG Black Series
valves per cylinder V8/4
Displacement cc 6208
Bore x stroke mm 102.6 x 94.6
Compression ratio 11.3 : 1
at rpm 373/507
Max. torque Nm
at rpm 630
Combined fuel consumption l/100 km 15.3
Acceleration 0-100 km/h s 4.3
Top speed km/h 300*
Seven Speeds with More Pronounced Sporting Feel
Power is transmitted through the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC. Compared to the standard CLK 63 AMG, the rear-axle ratio of the pur sang special series has been made about six percent shorter – to confer even more agility in acceleration in all speed ranges. For maximum sporting dynamics, the transmission has only the “M” and “S” driving programs; the comfort-oriented “C” is deleted. The driver can switch between the seven gears by using the AMG aluminum shift paddles on the steering wheel, while an indicator in the instrument cluster shows the gear selected at any given time.
In the “M” manual program, shift times are about 20 percent shorter than in “S”. Moreover, in the “M” program the driver benefits from the great tractive power of the V8, since there is no automatic downshifting under full load and kickdown; the transmission always remains in the gear selected. When the engine-speed limit is reached, the AMG SPEEDSHIFT does not shift up automatically in the manual drive program – and in this way supports a dynamic driving style on the race track. A visual upshift icon on the AMG main menu signals the recommended gear change.
Optimized Cooling for Top Stamina
The visual appearance of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series shows its racing inspiration. The redesigned front end is descended 1:1 from the Official F1™ Safety Car, and its generously dimensioned cooling-air intakes hint at the sophisticated cooling measures. For greater stamina under extreme operating conditions, a larger main radiator and an optimized power steering cooler, as well as an additional transmission cooler are built into the left front wheel arch. The engine oil cooler is located in the right wheel arch. The cooling measures are complemented by optimized air ducts with lateral openings in real carbon in front of the front wheels. The front fenders are made of high-strength and yet lightweight carbon-fiber composite material. On their flank, a “6.3 AMG” badge hints at the exceptional power of the naturally-aspirated V8. Redesigned side skirts extend to the broad rear fenders, which are in turn connected by a newly developed rear apron. The components taken over from the Official F1™ Safety Car include not only the carbon diffusor fins and the integrated chromed dual tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system, but also a cooler for the heavily stressed rear axle. The separate oil cooler has an active extraction-type fan, which is particularly effective in suppressing temperature peaks. On the trunk lid, a new airflow breakaway edge, also made of carbon, is responsible for reducing lift forces on the rear axle.
Adjustable AMG Sports Suspension for Best Track Performance
Like its counterpart in the Formula One World Championship, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series also has a newly developed and quite special AMG sports suspension. The adjustable threaded suspension guarantees optimum road contact and maximum precision. For competitive driving, the driver can create his personal suspension setup: not only the level, but also the compression and rebound stages of the shock absorbers, front-axle track and camber, and rear-axle track are adjustable.
Both axles have newly developed components like spring links, wheel carriers, thrust arms, camber and torque struts, as well as completely reworked elastokinematics. Compared to the standard CLK 63 AMG, the Black Series has over 75 millimeters more track at the front axle and 66 millimeters more at the rear. Added stiffness under high lateral dynamics is provided by strut braces in the engine compartment and trunk. On the rear axle, a multi-plate locking differential ensures optimum traction, with 30 percent locking effect in the overrun and 10 percent under traction. Acceleration skid control (ASR) and the Electronic Stability Program ESP® are calibrated to meet more intense driving demands.
Lightweight Forged Wheels, Sports Tires for a Perfect Grip
The wheel and tire combination used forms a perfect partner for the AMG threaded sports suspension. Pirelli P Zero Corsa sports tires in size 265/30 R 19 (front) and 285/30 R 19 (rear) permit exceptional grip and amazing cornering speeds – with outstanding characteristics in the wet. The tires are mounted on handsome multi-spoke forged wheels. AMG aluminum wheels in size 9.00 x 19 and 9.50 x 19 are produced using advanced lightweight forging technology. The weight reduction results in improved response behavior from the parameter power steering, which is also modified for greater precision and agility.
AMG High-Performance Brake System with Larger Front Composite Disks
Looking through the tracery of the AMG forged wheels, you can catch a glimpse of the ventilated and perforated disk brakes. The front axle has larger 360 x 36 mm brake disks which were tested in racing. Their rear-axle counterparts measure 330 x 26 mm. Perfect deceleration, optimal apportionment of brake power and enormous fade resistance are hallmarks of the AMG high-performance brake system – even when being tested to the maximum on the track.
Interior with the Functional Feel of a Genuine Racing Car
The transfer of technology from motor sport, a Mercedes-AMG tradition fostered over decades, is equally evident in the interior of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series. This dedicated two-seater sports touring car not only dispenses with rear seats, but with its bucket-type seats, rich carbon trim and black headliner, displays the functional atmosphere of a true racing car – and thus documents 40 years of Mercedes-AMG motor sport history. The new AMG bucket-type seats come without side airbags and are covered in barely inflammable nylon velour with embroidered silver AMG logos. Carbon trim on the center console and on the inner door cladding, also with stamped AMG logos, aluminum door handles and anodized black trim strips, brings a feeling of quality to the interior. On the center console, the specially shaped selector lever and the new, matt-finish start/stop switch add further highlights.
Its diameter reduced by 15 millimeters, the new AMG performance sports steering wheel comes fitted with silver aluminum shift paddles. The steering wheel rim, 365 millimeters in diameter, is flattened on its underside to ensure that the driver of the CLK 63 AMG Black Series always has a perfect seating position and vehicle control.
AMG Instrument Cluster with RACETIMER
The carbon-embedded AMG instrument cluster with its 320 km/h scale furnishes an exclusive ambience and high functionality at the same time. The AMG main menu in the cluster is perfectly tailored to serious racing: it shows the current gear engaged, as well as an upshift recommendation in “M” mode, or alternatively engine oil temperature or battery voltage, as well as the RACETIMER. This last function enables the driver to determine his lap times on a closed course. The RACETIMER stores the time of the fastest lap, average and maximum speeds, and the length of the laps.
Despite its raceworthy handling, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series retains those typical qualities that distinguish a true Mercedes-Benz: everyday practicality, longevity, safety and quality. Following in the path of the SLK 55 AMG Black Series, the new CLK 63 AMG Black Series was developed in the AMG PERFORMANCE STUDIO opened in 2006. The first units of the unlimited AMG special series will be delivered to customers starting in June.