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Mercedes reveals CLK63 AMG Black Series

Mercedes-Benz's muscular new CLK63 AMG coupe is a worthy competitor to BMW's new M3.
The new BMW M3 may be eagerly awaited, but Munich's rivals have a few tricks up their sleeves to keep the new V-8-powered coupe honest. Among them is the Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series debuting at New York.

Essentially a road-going version of Mercedes-Benz's F1 pace car, this muscle-bound two-door packs a 500-hp version of the German carmaker's 6.2-liter V-8 engine and is capable of 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph.

BMW will also need to have its game face on to handle Audi's anticipated RS5, based on the new S5 revealed at the Geneva motor show in March. The RS5 is expected to use the same drivetrain as the existing RS4, a 4.2-liter V-8 producing an M3-equaling 420 hp.

And that's saying nothing of the new Lexus IS 500F, with a 5.0-liter V-8 good for more than 400 hp.

You may e-mail Greg Kable at autonews@crain.com

You can reach Greg Kable at autonews@crain.com

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