There are more than a few shots of the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series in action circulating the internet. And when we say ‘in action’, we generally mean ‘going sideways’. One thing this beast is NOT is kind to its tyres.

We need only gloss over the stats to see why. The 6.3-litre V8 buckled under the bonnet produces an eyebrow raising 517hp, which in turn – when used with a seven-speed sports transmission and lightweight design – results in a neck spasm-ing 0-100kph time of just 4.2s, and an eye-watering/electronically limited 300kph top speed. Figures like that deserve a couple of clichéd adjectives thrown in, we’re sure you agree.

Couple that with the matte black finish (pure evil whichever way you look at it), the enormous wheel arches and numerous air intakes providing the beast with life, and that should explain why the C63 Black is so often shot at full hoon, and why the life expectancy of Dunlop’s finest plummets to about an hour and a half.

This time though, the brute has been caught napping, allowing crankandpiston faithful Rafik Jabbour to creep up and take a few shots. Well, as the number plate suggest, it’s a long drive from Qatar to the UAE.

Especially when it’s done sideways.

Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series
Engine: 6.3-litre V8
Location: Front / longitudinal
Power: 517hp @ 6800rpm
Torque: 177lb ft @ 5200rpm
Transmission:  AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed sports / rear-wheel drive
Front suspension: AMG sports coil-over suspension / 40 mm wider
Rear suspension: AMG sports coil-over suspension / 79 mm wider / rear axle differential lock
Brakes: integral discs / 390 x 36mm (F) /360 x 26 mm (R) / six-piston fixed callipers (F) / four-piston fixed callipers (R)
Wheels: 9 x 19 (front) / 9.5 x 19 (rear) / AMG light-alloy wheels
Tyres: 255/35 R 19 front / 285/30 R 19 rear / Dunlop Sports
0-100kph: 4.2sec
Top speed: 300kph (electronically limited)
Basic price: $147,000

- Our thanks to Rafik Jabbour.

James Gent first started as a freelance motorsport writer in the UK, before an urge to be paid a monthly wage saw him move to Dubai in late 2011. A keen motoring enthusiast, he hopes that one day his garage will hold a Lamborghini Countach, as well as a WRC Lancia Delta Integrale.

James Gent

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