Mercedes may be too "busy" for the Black Series.
Many performance sub-divisions have been moving towards AWD drivetrains in order to tame the increasing amount of horsepower that cars are putting down. The next generation M5 will likely have AWD and the current E63 and E63 S already do. So far, BMW and Mercedes have used RWD for their smaller AMG and M cars, with the exception of the FWD-based A45 AMG (also the CLA45 and GLA45 in the US). Even though the current C63 S now throws down 503 hp, AMG says that the car will not get AWD in this generation.
In an interview with Car Advice, AMG chief Tobias Moers said laughingly that “We have an all-wheel-drive C63, it’s out there now,” referring to the recently released GLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe. Moers went on to say that “The C63 AMG in this generation will never get all-wheel drive, and a Black Series of the C63 would be rear-wheel drive of course, but we are so busy, I don’t know if that’s going to happen.” We were a bit surprised by this statement. Putting AWD in the C63 makes sense because it allows Mercedes to sell the hardcore C-Class in cold weather climates where it snows frequently. We supposed that the GLC 63 and GLC 63 Coupe will have to suffice for cold weather areas.
We were also a bit disappointed to hear that Mercedes may not make a Black Series C-Class in this generation. AMG hasn't ruled out the Black Series, but it is clearly focusing on sticking an AMG badge on nearly every model with the new 43 AMG-Sport models, which do come with AWD. We predicted that the AMG GT R would be badged as a Black Series, but ended up taking a different name. The current C-Class Coupe is much better than the old model which the C63 AMG Black was based on. A highly aggressive C63 would be awesome, but we love what AMG has done with the GLC so we can't really complain.