2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series
(from DaimlerChrysler Press Release) 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 Newton meters of torque. Top-rank handling is assured by the sophisticated AMG threaded suspension with 19-inch AMG forged wheels, new steering and the generously dimensioned AMG high-performance brake system with its composite disks. Visually, too, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series clearly shows its descent from the Official F1 Safety Car: its striking front apron with large cooling intakes, flared wheel arches, diffusor-type rear apron and carbon-fiber airflow breakaway edge, all demonstrate the cars sporting and pur sang pedigree.
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.
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.
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
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.