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Mercedes is working on a hardcore 208mph Black Series version of the SLS AMG
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13 January 2012

Development of the hardcore 208mph Mercedes SLS Black Series has switched to the arctic circle. The powered-up and pared-down SLS AMG Black Series, spied here in winter testing, will go on sale in 2013, costing around 50 per cent more than the ‘standard’ £168,395 gullwinged-coupe.

Autocar understands the decision to make a Black Series version of the SLS was taken as far back as 2006 when development of the standard AMG supercar first begun. The Black Series’ dramatic bodywork, including a large fixed rear wing, front splitter, rear diffuser and extra cooling on the bonnet, and wider track was first previewed on the SLS GT3 racer at the 2010 New York motor show.

AMG engine boss Friedrich Eichler said in 2009 that there was still “a good deal more to come” from the SLS’s 6.2-litre V8 engine, which produces 563bhp and 479lb ft in the standard car.

Mercedes insiders have revealed that outputs well over 600bhp and 500lb ft are likely in the Black Series. A larger air manifold, higher compression ratio and reprofiled camshafts are among the tweaks expected. A mechanical locking differential is also tipped to be included as part of the Black Series upgrades and the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be beefed up to handle the extra torque.

These performance upgrades, plus a 50kg reduction in kerb weight and improved aerodynamic package, are expected to result in a 0-62mph time of 3.5sec and a top speed of 208mph. The standard SLS can crack 0-62mph in 3.8sec and reach a top speed of 197mph.

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20 October 2011

The Black Series has been a clever means to allow MB to charge a seriously large premium over the standard model, be interested to see how this translates on the road and track.

20 October 2011

I can see the headlines now, all along the lines of, "The car it always should have been....."


20 October 2011

what a load of expense and trouble to go to just to shave 0.3 seconds off the 0-62mph time and add 11 mph.

However I now Black Series Mercedes-Benz are so much more than just the bald figures, so it is sure to be a great car for the super rich. Me, were I to be in the position of buying one...the standard car would do me fine thank you very much.

The SL65 Black was an amazing looking car, I could see the extra value....I am struggling with this one.

20 October 2011

[quote 289]what a load of expense and trouble to go to just to shave 0.3 seconds off the 0-62mph time and add 11 mph.[/quote]

Not really, its always been a case of ever diminishing returns once performance reaches a certain level. Looks a really exciting car and if they can sell it, which they will, good luck to them. I just hope, as a road car, they don't go for totally track focused suspension like on other black editions that makes them overly harsh on the road.

21 October 2011

The standard SLS has already a lot of pace and around the ring is already 10 seconds quicker than SL65 black. The ride is already firm enough too...but I am curious to see if they are going to give to the DCT a a way of working more similar to the one of the Ferrari 458...

13 January 2012

I think Batman should get one as a company car.

13 January 2012

[quote Fidji]

I think Batman should get one as a company car.


Brilliant! Had a good laugh when i read that.

I do like black series AMG's alot, with the massively flared arches, carbon fibre every where, and spoilers, spiltters and diffusers, i think they look great. I cant for the life of me see where they can justify such a massive price increase though.

Its a shame they arent using a V12 in it aswell, the 7.3L AMG V12 would have been amazing

16 January 2012

I'd been thinking it was about time they did a quick version of this model.

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