Ever check out a car and think ”How can they possibly make it better?” Well, this is what we have today in the 2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG Brabus 6.1. What started life as a CLK55 AMG – already a really good platform – was transformed by German tuner Brabus into something much more unique and much more powerful. The beauty of these creations is that while almost every piece of this car was tweaked and the dial turned up, you’d be hard pressed to find any faults in them. The unity of the package retained the understated but aggressive nature of the stock example. The craftsmanship and quality are just as good if not better than what comes out of the Mercedes factory and the livability is retained just as you were driving a totally stock car. But all the little details are what makes this car so special. Scratch that – the big details are pretty special, too! This one up for sale in Dallas is no different.
If the regular CLK63 AMG just wasn’t bonkers enough for you, then AMG offered the “Black Series” – the entire car turned up another notch. But for some, the Black just isn’t bad enough, and this one particular CLK63 AMG Black Series was taken to DTM-race ready levels. Tired of hearing about your neighbor’s M3 or Cayman R lap times? The solution is here. We saw this car in September 2014 with an astounding asking price of $160,000. It’s back at a much more budget-friendly $75,000 today. The best part? This car has a switch labeled “violence”. It’s totally unnecessary, and totally awesome…
The below post originally appeared on our site September 9, 2014:
465 lb-ft of torque, that’s a whole lot of twist. It’s stump pulling, Cummins diesel, father in-law impressing amounts of torque. The CLK63 AMG Black Series is more or less a street legal DTM car and it still baffles me that anyone with a valid drivers license and enough money can operate one of these vehicles. I know a couple people who have driven these cars and all of them get this particular look in their eyes when they talk about it, part fear, part respect, part lust. For a vehicle based on the rather bland C209 platform, the Black Series is a striking car that demands attention via its flared fenders and bonkers soundtrack.
Oddly enough the Black Series flies under the radar in the enthusiast community, it rarely comes up in conversation when discussing the most insane cars of the past decade. Perhaps it’s because Mercedes only built it for two years or because it came out around the time of the Audi S5. Though the S5 was much slower, I think it was a whole hell of a-lot better looking and the 8T3 platform interior was far ahead of that of the comparable Mercedes. The ergonomics of all the C209 coupes leave much to be desired, AMG goodies or not. I’ve been baby sitting a CLK 350 for the past couple weeks and the cabin completely disappoints me every time I get in it. The buttons feel cheap, many of them are exactly where I wouldn’t want them to be and the whole package seems to be phoned in overall. However, I’d be willing to put up with that lackluster interior in exchange for access to 507hp and I’m willing to bet you might be too.
In the movie Spinal Tap, the character Nigel Tufnel displays his specially made Marshall amplifier to the film director. “As you can see”, he explains, “the numbers all go to eleven – right across the board.” “Does that mean it’s louder?” asks Rob Reiner. Nigel retorts “What we do is if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do? 11, exactly. One louder.” Frankly, with AMG’s “Black Series” cars, they are already Mercedes-Benz models that are operating fully at “10” – but that doesn’t stop many enterprising individuals from turning them up one notch or more. A case in point is today’s 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series – a serious car right out of the starting blocks, the 6.2 liter M156 V8 is an absolute monster with 500 horsepower and nearly matching torque. Having driven a similarly motored SLS, the speed is effortless and immediate – the sound, incredible. There is literally no point when driving one when you think “you know what, this car really needs 200-300 horsepower more”. Yet as if to out-AMG AMG, the nutters at Weistec added a supercharger – with variable power from 600-800 horsepower, it’s capable of creating a 9-second quarter mile luxury Benz. Insane? Yep:
In a single week this summer in San Francisco I saw three CLK63 Black Series, each time giving me pause as I contemplated the huge fenders and amazing V8. Sure, it’s an automatic, but you know a car is obnoxiously awesome if Jeremy Clarkson bought one. Black with chrome wheels wouldn’t be how I’d take it, but with just over 2,000 miles this is a very mint example.
Model: CLK63 AMG Black Series
Engine: 6.2l V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 2,130 mi
Price: $89,991 Buy It Now
I do love these cars, despite the confusing dissonance in purpose stemming that comes with a heavy car turned racer with an automatic transmission. I strongly hope to own a Benz with one of these 6.2l opera singers some day, mostly to do burnouts and scare children. Black Series will only become more collectible as time marches on, so a creampuff like this one would do well in a collection.
For the discerning driver who can’t be bothered to own a car with only 481 hp available to obliterate his tires, Mercedes took the CLK63 AMG, a not slow car, and said, “More.” Alongside the extra tire-shredding power were upgrades to the suspension, differential, body, the brakes…well almost everything. What we then had was the Black Series: a grunting, snorting, tire squealing miscreant modeled after the Mercedes F1 safety-car. While Mercedes employed a healthy dose of carbon fiber in its reworking of the Black, overall weight savings were…none. Enabling the drivetrain of this beast to cope with its abundant power actually resulted in slight weight gains. But no matter, with over 500 hp the car is still plenty quick. Because Mercedes decided that American drivers don’t like a roof over their head, they chose only to import the CLK63 AMG Cabriolet to the States. Thus, the only way to get the Coupe was to buy the Black Series. Here we have a low mileage 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series Coupe located in Illinois. And, lo and behold, it’s black!
Model: CLK63 AMG Black Series
Engine: 6.2 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 9,415 mi
Price: Buy It Now $76,800
2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK63 AMG Black Series
2008 Mercedes Benz CLK 63- BLACK SERIES / (Fully Serviced 06/19/2013)
GLOBAL LUXURY IMPORTS LLC is pleased to present this 2008 Mercedes Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series. This CLK 63 Black Series is finished in Black over Premium AMG Black Leather Interior. The factory equipment consists of: I pod Integration Kit. The CLK 63 AMG Black Series was previously the ” Safety Car” for Formula One Racing Performance and Handling come to you through a 6.3 litre V8 with 500 hp and 465 ln ft of torque, which goes through a 7 speed AMG Speed shift transmission, with manual mode as well.
From the Mercedes 230CE we featured a few days ago, let’s move on to a later, distantly related model: the CLK coupe. Here’s an example of one not often seen, the final year CLK350 Grand Edition.
Those that know me are aware of my penchant for Mercedes-Benzes. I’ve owned two C class sedans and between my mother, father and I, we’ve owned seven models from the marque. However, over the past 15 years, I’ve been less and less enamored with the styling direction on new models. Specifically, the E class coupe which replaced the CLK coupe in 2010. I was disappointed to see that it wasn’t a true pillarless coupe, as it has a small fixed window at the rear side corner. Also, a lot of new Mercedes-Benzes have a lot of chrome and LED lighting all over the place which makes them look a bit flash. Maybe this is attractive to some, but I prefer the more conservative days, such as when the W124 E class coupe roamed the showrooms.
I was, however, a fan of the CLK. My favorite was the Grand Edition coupe, a package offered only in 2009. For the coupe version, the sole color on offer was Palladium Silver with Tobacco leather and white stitching. I saw a new one in person at the dealership in 2009 and the color combination was striking. Nothing was excessive about the styling and it’s not an overtly large vehicle. Everything about this car just clicked for me. Unfortunately, the $57,000 entry price was too steep for me, even if the dealer had the car sit on their lot for several months and eventually marked it down to $44,000. Sadly, the car disappeared shortly after the markdown. I would love to own one of these someday, and here is a nice, low mileage example for sale.…