Evosport also upgraded the binders with its two-piece floating rotors (cross-drilled and slotted) and replaced the rubber brake lines with braided stainless steel. Evosport’s titanium shims work with an aggressive performance street brake pad. Never one to skimp on brakes, the original AMG system responded to the Evosport mods very well. I hammered them until they glowed a dull maroon. Finding the limits on these binders would require a lot of time and a maniac at the helm.
Evosport cooked up its own track package suspension based on H&R components and Evosport’s adjustable rear billet control arms. The chassis appears to hover just off the ground, sorta like Luke Skywalker’s land speeder. Despite the extremely tucked look of the HRE wheels, there was no rubbing or other nasty effects. Perhaps my only concern would be the lower deck of the front splitter. Fortunately, it’s modular and easily replaceable.
Although the car is clad in handsome factory aerodynamics, Evosport enlisted the services of Vorsteiner for a bit more aggression. The front end was fitted with Vorsteiner’s pronounced carbon-fiber splitter that blends into a carbon-fiber hood. It also includes Vorsteiner’s rear carbon bumper/diffuser and its rear decklid spoiler. The roof is carbon fiber as well
As this car is equipped with Mercedes’ excellent seven-speed automatic, you’ve got to wonder why anyone would want a double-clutch transmission. The Black Series held its gears like a manual trans and gave me complete chassis control. Most of my driving was in second and third gears—at any given moment I had the power to spin the rear tires and induce oversteer. You’ve gotta love a naturally aspirated V8—there really is no substitute for displacement.
For sheer, unadulterated high-performance joy, the Evosport CLK63 Black Series is a benchmark vehicle. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a car this good. It’s a foregone conclusion fellow tuners will have this car in their sights.
Good luck; you’ll need it.
Evosport CLK63 AMG Black Series
Longitudinal front engine rear-wheel drive
6.2-liter V8, dohc, 32-valve. Evosport Power Pulley, race headers and exhaust, Stage II intake, phenolic spacer kit, Evo2 ECU
H&R coilovers and adjustable antiroll bars
Evosport lightweight two-piece rotors (f/r), Evosport stainless steel lines, Evosport titanium brake shims, performance pads
Wheels and Tires
HRE CF43, 10x19 (f), 11x19 (r)
Pirelli Corsa DOT-R, 285/30 (f), 305/30 (r)
Evosport Exterior Matte Carbon Aero Package (Evosport/VST front carbon-fiber splitter, Evosport/VST rear carbon-fiber decklid spoiler, Evosport carbon hood), Evosport/VST matte carbon roof, matte carbon exterior mirrors, matte carbon front bumper louvers, matte carbon-fiber rear diffuser, Evosport bumper reflectors color-matched to exterior, Evosport Blacked-Out Exterior Package, front end paint protection
Evosport Interior Alcantara Design Package (Includes seat inserts, F/R door inserts, center armrest, headliner), Evosport Interior Carbon Package (carbon-fiber dash/door package, carbon-fiber/leather steering wheel, carbon-fiber rear console/battery cover, carbon-fiber door handles, carbon-fiber gear shifter paddles), five-point safety harnesses, seat shells painted to match exterior), custom-mounted Escort 9500ci radar system
Peak Power: 630 hp @ 6950 rpm
Peak Torque: 589 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm