Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series to get 650bhp and £270,000 price tag
11 July 2008

These exclusive photographs reveal the incredible new Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series in production form for the first time. Just 350 examples of the remarkable 670bhp SL65 AMG super coupe will be built over a two-year period, each powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 engine. Only nine right-hand drive examples will make it to the UK, each costing £214,000. The Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series is the first in a series of high-priced performance models, which will trade on Mercedes’s F1 heritage and know-how. The SL65 AMG Black effectively makes the Mercedes-Mclaren SLR supercar redundant and the partnership between the two companies has now come to an end. Based on the SL65 AMG, this latest Black Series model makes drastic performance gains though extensive weight saving and alterations to the mechanical package. AMG has replaced the standard SL’s folding metal roof, replacing it with a fixed structure made from aluminium and carbonfibre. The boot has also been remade from lighter carbonfibre and now sports a retractable spoiler that emerges above 75mph for extra downforce. An integral roll cage has also been added. The net effect is a 250kg weight saving, giving the car a kerbweight of 1870kg.At the car’s heart lies a tuned version of Mercedes’ 6.0-litre V12 with some potent modification; larger twin turbochargers, a more efficient intercooler and a revised exhaust system. The bonnet has had to be reshaped to fit it all in. The result is an SLR-beating power output of 661bhp at 5400rpm. Torque is up to 780lb ft, available between 2200 and 4200rpm and limited from a possible peak claimed to be 936lb ft. AS in the SL600, the monumental torque rules out the use of AMG’s latest seven-speed gearbox, so the SL65 Black gets a beefed up version of Merc’s five-speed automatic transmission. It features the latest evolution of AMG’s Speedshift software, meant to make full throttle upshifts faster and smoother, and deliver a perfectly judged throttle blip on down changes. Final performance figures are yet to be confirmed, but AMG development boss Tobias Moers hints at a 0-62mph time of ‘under 3.9sec’, 0-124mph in ‘close to 10.0sec’ and 0-186mph in ‘less than 30.0sec’. Top speed is limited to 199mph, although the new car is geared to hit 220mph at the engine’s 6200rpm cut out in fifth gear. And as for the ‘Ring: “On the data we’ve gathered so far I’d be surprised if we don’t crack 7min 45sec,” says Moers. Radical cosmetic changes identify the SL65 Black Series, although the essential SL features and the coupe DNA are obvious. Cooling is aided by a trio of gaping ducts mounted low on the heavily reworked front bumper along with two sizeable bonnet vents. The most obvious additions are the monstrously flared wheel arches to cover the wider tracks, giving the SL65 a dominant road presence.Production of the Black Series will take place at Mercedes-Benz’s plant in Bremen, with final assembly to be carried out at AMG’s recently expanded workshop in Affalterbach on the outskirts of Stuttgart. Of the 350 cars 200 will go to the US, which remains AMG’s largest market. Moers rules out an extension in production; “Once we’ve reached 350 that will be it,” he said. “Our tooling won’t allow for any more.”

Greg Kable

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11 July 2008

Wow, it looks mental! I wasn't a fan of the SL's facelift but it looks great in these pictures.

11 July 2008

OMG, is there a more sinister looking piece of machinery than this? I'm off to buy the lottery tickets. Just imagine this in Black on Black wheels with the darkened windows at night. ooooo. i'm getting a semi.

11 July 2008

I too am not a big fan of the current 'facelifted' SL, but here the Black Series looks sensational! Makes the SLR look silly and i have no doubt that this car will be miles better than its big brother if the 'standard' AMG SLs are anything to go by.

The fixed roof looks great too. Shame that that a coupe version of the regular SL isn't available alongside the convertible.

12 July 2008

Must be a nice thing to drive, but I can't help but think that it looks a bit "fussy". Too much "Need for Speed" in it. They could have flared the arches a bit more tastefully at least. But that's just me...

12 July 2008

I think the new SL front end looks great and even more so on this version.

14 July 2008

Looks like a badly modified kit car. Whatever happened to qualities that made MB great - that kind of restrained sense of purpose? Went the same way as MB build quality, I suppose.

14 July 2008

[quote RobotBoogie]

Looks like a badly modified kit car. Whatever happened to qualities that made MB great - that kind of restrained sense of purpose? Went the same way as MB build quality, I suppose.

[/quote]

You're talking out of your Auspuff.

http://www.autobild.de/artikel/sl-65-amg-black-series-trifft-450-slc_737940.html

SL65 AMG Black Series versus its direct ancestor, the AMG 450 SLC from the late '70s. It's AMG's hand-built engine and AMG Fahrwerk inside a 'standard' Mercedes-Benz SL with only the doors in common.

14 July 2008

[quote loather]

You're talking out of your Auspuff.

http://www.autobild.de/artikel/sl-65-amg-black-series-trifft-450-slc_737940.html

SL65 AMG Black Series versus its direct ancestor, the AMG 450 SLC from the late '70s. It's AMG's hand-built engine and AMG Fahrwerk inside a 'standard' Mercedes-Benz SL with only the doors in common.

[/quote] I'm fully aware of the late 70s AMG SLC. Unlike the Black Series, it does at least have something of the "restrained sense of purpose" that I mentioned in my original mail and, also unlike the Black Series, doesn't look like the result of an evening's work by a particularly inept bunch of Max Power readers. Thank you for your interest.

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