It has been reported that with the upcoming release of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the planners at AMG have conceptualized the AMG Black Series variant for this new model, with an introduction scheduled for 2012.
The new C-Class AMG Black Series Coupe will not be sporting the 6.2 liter powerplant from the previous C63. While this may sadden the many aficionados who are enraptured by the glorious sound that engine makes, Mercedes-Benz has decided to opt for the 5.5 liter biturbo V8. As installed in the S63 AMG, this particular engine belts out 571 horsepower with its 664 lb-ft of torque hitting between 2,250 and 5,500 rpm.
Mercedes has claimed that the new C-Class AMG Black Series will be “an M3 killer”. Adding a “mere” 71 horsepower to the previous 6.2’s 500 may not be enough though. But since the 5.5 liter twin turbo engine already powers its bigger siblings, the better power-to-weight ratio afforded by the C-Class platform may do the trick. Having an extra year will give Mercedes-Benz and AMG engineers the extra development time they may need to truly substantiate their claim.