It won't make its official debut until this summer, but the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series is already staking its claim as one of the most extreme Mercedes-Benzes ever built. It starts with a 6.0-liter twin turbo V12 engine. In the standard SL65 AMG it pumps out a healthy 604 horsepower, but in the Black Series the same engine gets cranked up to 670 hp. The torque peak won't increase, but given that it already sits at 738 pound-feet, there's really isn't a need for more. The five-speed automatic transmission, torque converter and all, will remain, but it will get two Sport shift programs, with the second delivering quicker gearchanges timed at just 250 milliseconds.
Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series details revealed, courtesy of MotorTrend.
The power boost, however, is only part of the equation that unburdens each horse of 1.6 lbs, now pulling just 6.1 lbs-per-hp instead of the "lesser" SL65 AMG's 7.7 lbs-per-hp. That reduction is thanks in no small part (but many small parts) to an ambitious weight reduction program that does away with the folding hard-top in favor of a fixed carbon-fiber roof, itself shaving 88 of the total 570 lbs cut off the curb weight. That figure is now down to a slightly more manageable 4,080 lbs, which is still in SUV territory for a two-seat sportscar. Carbon fiber is also features on the flared front fenders, hood, rear underbody diffuser and racing buckets.
Mercedes SL AMG Black Series spied again!
....the SL65 Black is expected to perform like its more expensive sibling, the SLR. While engineers have managed to shed a large amount of weight, they've also added more features — ultra-wide fender flares, a deployable rear wing, and even more aggressive air intakes and outlets.
2010 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series - Spied.
The rear wing moves up for greater downforce at higher speeds. Mercedes introduced the first Black Series as a special edition of the special-edition CLK63 last summer—showing no end to the Teutonic automaker’s imagination when it comes to splitting performance hairs to appease enthusiasts. The CLK63 AMG Black Series was said to be patterned on the CLK63 that was used as a safety car at Formula 1 races. The pattern appears to be intact, as Mercedes recently took an SL63 AMG with its 518-hp, 6.2-liter V-8, and modified it to serve as the Formula 1 safety car this season.
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Embargo watch: Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series.
AMG says the SL65 Black Series is capable of 220 mph, but it's speed-limited to 300 kp/h, or about 186 mph and can do 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds.....The electro-hydraulic Active Body Control suspension has been tossed for a fully adjustable coil spring suspension. Dunlop Maxx GTs are 265/35ZR-19s front, 325/30ZR-20s, rear on one-piece forged alloy wheels. Brake discs are larger and because AMG plans to build just 350 units for worldwide sales, the car is exempt from European pedestrian crash standards, so the front grille is squatter than the new one on the SL-Series and the hood is lower..... Paint color choices are white, black, red or silver. It goes on sale in the U.S. next year at an if-you've-gotta-ask price well north of the SL65's $188,025 sticker.
2010 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series Spy Photos
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