Hardcore Black Series version of new C63 AMG saloon spied for the first time
30 March 2011

A potent Black Series version of the Mercedes C-class is completing final shakedown tests before going on sale early next year.

Seen here cold-weather testing in a four-door bodyshell — the first time a Black Series saloon has been mooted — the C-class is understood to be powered by a tweaked 6.2-litre AMG V8 engine, possibly with more than 520bhp.

See the spy pics of the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series

The Black Series is rumoured to be ready for a Frankfurt show debut in September, where it could join a trio of Audi S-badged models as competition for the reveal of BMW’s new M5.

Giveaways on this prototype are the massively flared arches, extended front and rear tracks and four exhaust pipes.

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Although the power output has still to be revealed, Mercedes has already raised the output of the 6.2 V8 to 520bhp in the DR250, a limited-run saloon created at the workshops at Mercedes-Benz World in Brooklands, Surrey.

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It will be the fourth Black Series, previous models being based on the SLK, CLK and SL, the last carrying a massive £250k price. Both the SLK and SL had fixed roofs in place of the usual, folding metal designs.

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The Mercedes C-Class marks a return to the company's old-school values of all-round quality and maturity

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