Flared fenders give it away. Black Series perhaps?
Motor1 reader Markus has sent us a couple of images he managed to take earlier this week on the German autobahn. While at first you might be tempted to say it’s only a camouflaged prototype of the forthcoming Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate facelift, there’s something a bit special about the car. Look at the flared fenders. These are slightly more prominent compared to those of the regular C63 / C63 S. It could be a sign of a more hardcore version of an already very hot wagon.
There has never been a Black Series version of a wagon, but perhaps Mercedes-AMG is ready to change its modus operandi. A similar E63 Estate was spotted just a couple of days ago, so maybe there will be two Black Series models in the years to come. After all, the folks from Affalterbach did say the "Black Series" moniker is only hibernating for the moment and will wake up at some point in the future for some ultimate versions of already high-powered machines.
If we are indeed looking at a first-ever C63 Estate Black Series, it means lurking underneath the hood is an uprated configuration of the biturbo 4.0-litre V8 engine which in the current range-topping S version delivers 510 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The C63 S in Estate guise runs from to 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) from a standstill in 4.1 seconds and maxes out at an electronically-capped 250 km/h (155 mph).
Needless to say, expect the more intense version to trump these power and performance numbers for a significant premium over the regular model which costs €86,215 (approx. $125,000 CAD) in Germany for the S model.
Regardless if it’s a Black Series model or a differently labeled edition, the meaner C63 Estate will probably be out together with the facelift for the regular C-Class in 2017.