The second incarnation of Mercedes-Benz’s Black Series line, the CLK63 AMG Black Series would go onto become a legend in the halls of petrolhedonism. The CLK63 is an incarnation of the statement, ‘when Mercs were still mad.’
The C209 CLK63 AMG arrived in the late noughties, as did the one pictured here in our Workshops. Mercedes-Benz decided that the standard CLK63 AMG wasn’t quite up to standard and thus, the Black Series was born. The ‘Black Series’ nomenclature was first presented to petrolheads with the SLK55 AMG, arriving towards the beginning of 2006. The petite SLK55 AMG would pave the way for a more outlandish Black Series Coupe.
Enter the CLK63 AMG Black Series
To immediately distinguish the Black Series from any other AMG before it, Affalterbach would develop the M156 V8 from the ground-up. This was the first powerplant completely engineered from the ground up by AMG. AMG would push the power output from the naturally aspirated M156 6.2 litre engine to 507bhp at 6,200rpm from approximately 481bhp, achieving a 0-60 mph of 4.3 seconds. The CLK63 AMG Black Series would top out at 186mph – if you could keep control of it… This almost untameable power was delivered through the wheels by Mercedes’ 722.9 7G-Tronic SpeedShift automatic gearbox, which was standard during this era and features a manual mode using paddle shift.
Aesthetically, the CLK coupe has been transformed into possibly how every standard diesel and petrol CLK owner wanted theirs to look. The 19” wheels and race-spec brakes are housed in enormous, flared arches which is followed around the body line, with lower side-skirts and front and rear bumpers. At the front you have carbon air scoops at each corner to cool the brakes with direct air, while at the back quad exhausts alert an excited audience of the coupe’s presence. The ride is not for the faint-hearted though, given the CLK63 Black Series has such a track-focused setup with rebound and compression-adjustable shocks with adjustable springs.
Inside is a whole host of carbon-fibre trim and AMG insignia sprayed throughout. Many of the controls are straight out of the standard CLKs but this can be forgiven when considering some of the quirks, such as the transmission shifter and the engine start button. Alcantara and leather trimmed bucket seats keep you in position; with the distinctive double stitching we now associate with all AMG models found throughout.
What makes this CLK63 Black Series Special?
Mercedes-Benz produced just 500 of these coupes. With 25 in RHD, they are not often seen in the flesh. This LHD example is one of the remaining 475 produced and recently arrived at SLSHOP for its first service by our team of AMG enthusiasts. With only 30,000 miles on the clock – a low mileage for a car over ten years old – the team made some interesting discoveries. During its annual service, Callum notes that previous service providers had not recognised how shallow the CLK’s sump is, causing 1-2 litres of oil having not been removed from the main oil cooler. This would have meant that since it has left the factory, a full oil change may not have been completed properly.
These are complex vehicles and given our expertise and passion for the Mercedes-Benz brand, our team never rush their work. It is patience that ensures that each vehicle we service – whether it be fifty years old or five – is treated with the upmost care and attention to detail.
If you own an AMG and want our team to support you with annual servicing or maintenance work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.