Saturday night’s event, billed as Night of the Stars, included a presentation of two Silver Arrow cars from the 1930s with Nico and Michael in the cockpits. The two MERCEDES-BENZ PETRONAS drivers had already taken the veteran racing cars for a demo drive along part of the legendary North Loop on Thursday – Nico in the W 196 with exposed wheels and Michael in the W 196 streamlined version.
From tradition to the future: Following the appearance of the Silver Arrows, it was time for the new Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series to make its debut, presented by two-time Formula One champion Mika Häkkinen.
The new high-performance vehicle is the most powerful C-Class of all time, boasting a maximum output of 380 kW (517 hp) and a maximum torque of 620 newton metres. The C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds (all data provisional).
In visual terms the new high-performance vehicle is reminiscent of the SLS AMG GT3 customer sports car and symbolises the transfer of technology from the sphere of motorsport, which has been part of the corporate philosophy of Mercedes-AMG GmbH for 44 years now.
“AMG has its roots in international motorsport,” commented Ola Källenius, the CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, at the world premiere at the Nürburgring. “The new C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series is the best proof there is for the permanent transfer of technology from the race track to the road. The numerous successes in the DTM, the customer sports range featuring the SLS AMG GT3 and our commitment to Formula 1, where we have been providing the Official F1 Safety Car and the Official F1 Medical Car for the past 15 years, continuously spur on our engineers and technicians.”