From ”I leased my spouse one” to ”Yeah, look up DTM on Wikipedia, you’ll see” is what the base CLK is to the roided-up Black Series. That, and about another $90,000. We’ve covered the Black Series cars fairly well on GCFSB so I don’t want to ramble on, but I think AMG did the best job they could given what Mercedes gave them in the CLK. A mix of C-Class chassis with E-Class features, the W209, even with AMG guise, was never the most hardcore sports coupe made compared to the holy grail BMW M3 that is fawned over. But when AMG teased the US with the CLK-DTM and finally gave us a taste with the CLK63 AMG Black Series, it was everything that we didn’t know we wanted. So if you are looking for a little piece of DTM heaven, let’s check out this 2008 for sale in California.
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…
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.
Year: 2008 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!
Year: 2008 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.
If the owner hasn’t nicknamed this car the “White Rhino” yet, he should. Featured in this month’s european car, it has the fear-factor, chromatic simplicity, and rarity of the aforementioned horned beast. We love rare cars here at GCFSB, but this one is a babushka doll of rarities. Start with the nice-but-mundane Mercedes-Benz CLK. Add 6.2 liters of howling V8, and you get the CLK63. Pile on uprated suspension, brakes, decreased weight, and massively flared fenders, and you get the magical Black Series. Drape it in a rare color. Still too run-of-the-mill for you? Let’s strap a supercharger on the top and add a celebrity owner. This is, as one of my favorite Onion articles so hilariously put it back in 2004 (pre-Gilette Fusion), going Five Blades. With just under 9k miles, I guess the previous owner, Indycar driver Graham Rahal, got distracted during his quest to make the most badass CLK Black Series ever (perhaps organizing funds for the new one?), but his ADD is someone else’s gain. Before he was done with it though, he added a Weistec supercharger to help crank horsepower to over 600 at the crank, along with some ultra-lightweight rims and exhaust. It still weighs 2 tons, but did you see that last sentence? 600+ horsepower. See ya.
The listing description is less enticing than the ec article, but here it is:
This CLK 63 AMG Black Series was previously the “Safety Car” for Formula One Racing. With only 300 produced and approximately only 30 in white, THIS IS ONE RARE FIND!!!!! It’s Arctic White over Black and comes with over $35,000 in performance upgrades! Upgrades include; 3M Clear Bra, Weistec Supercharger, Evosport Full Exhaust (including Headers and X-Pipe Headers), Evosport Intake Upgrades, Performance Air Filters, Vorsteiner Carbon Front Splitter, MaCarbon Full Carbon Interior Package (including Custom Steering Wheel, Door Trim, Glove Box Trim and ect…) and 19″ Volk G2 Wheels.
No massive back story here, it’s pretty simple: my european car came today featuring a modified CLK63 AMG Black Series and I can’t get it off my mind. I re-watched the unrivaled Top Gear segment and had to live the dream the only way I can: eBay ads. It’s simplicity, audacity, and brutality make it perhaps the most lust-worthy post-1980s car I can think of. I want it, and I want to rage in it.
So how to rationalize this dark fantasy? Well, I certainly can’t in my current paygrade, but if I were in the position to spend $70k or more on a sports car, I would overlook the newer M3, the RS5, R8, CTS-V, GTR, the myriad 911s, etc. etc. as they are positively weaksauce compared to this… this is the kind of unique, raw, incredible German machine that I would choose. It’s badass in a way the Aston Martin Vantage V8 only wishes it could be. All 18,600 of glorious driving miles are at around $50k at time of writing with 4 days left; other buy-it-nows range from $75-90k. I’d give organs to have this car in the garage.