Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series: first details revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 4, 2011

Auto Express reported that the AMG performance division of Mercedes-Benz is developing a high-performance, top-of-the-line SLS Black Series model. When AMG performance director Christoph Jung attended the launch of the new SLS Roadster last week, he told reporters that the company is “certainly thinking” about creating a model that is positioned between the SLS GT3 and the road car.

He said that the GT3 racing car features a 600bhp version of the standard SLS’s 6.3-litre V8 engine, which goes together with an aerodynamically enhanced exterior and stripped-out cabin.

This means that a roadgoing version would deserve the Black Series badge, which is typically used only for the quickest and most powerful AMG models. This badge has been seen on the 612bhp SL65 AMG in the past.

The automaker has also revealed the 510bhp C63 AMG Black Series -- its latest and fourth addition. What makes this SLS Black Series worth waiting for is that it would be the fastest and most powerful AMG model ever built. It’s expected to be powered by a modified 6.3-litre V8 that could deliver around 650bhp. It will also come with a bodykit with lightweight carbon fibre panels.

With these specs, accelerating from zero to 60mph can be easily accomplished in three seconds. Its top speed is claimed to be 200mph. The package comes with stiffened suspension, uprated brakes and racing-style seats.

The price is expected to be steep and may even reach $500,000. The SL65 AMG Black Series launched in 2008 has a price tag of £250,000. An SLS GT3 is priced at £270,000.

The new model is expected to be priced twice that of the standard car. Jung declined to say when the Black Series variant would be available. However, he hinted that it might arrive at the “end of the car’s life cycle”, which will probably be around 2014.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series has a design that reminds you of the SLS AMG GT3 customer race car. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series was developed following FIA GT3 rules, making the gull-wing racing car a serious contender in the elite super sports car segment.

The SLS AMG GT3 participated in more than 15 races spanning four continents in the 2012 motorsport season. During that run, the SLS AMG GT3 garnered three victories at the 24-hour Dubai race at the start of the year, the team and driver titles in the FIA GT3 European Championship, the FIA GT3 World Championship and the ADAC GT Masters. Additionally, it also won various places at different races including 4- and 6‑hour races and short-distance races. All of these validate the SLS AMG GT3's performance. The car has since garnered more than three dozen victories from January to October 2012.

The wide flared wings have been extended by 13 millimeters at the front and 26 millimeters at the back to accommodate the 275 millimeters and 325 millimeters tires. You also have darkened headlights and black surrounds for the rear lights, giving the car a more aggressive and sporty look.

Aerodynamic balance is optimised by the front and rear aprons with the diffuser running the side sill panels that has a unique design that makes use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic front splitter. There are also carbon inserts located on the side sills and the rear apron. These are also made of carbon fibre. The bigger air intakes also have carbon-fibre flics that guarantee better air inflow, taking the air into the front cooling modules.

There is a central air outlet on the carbon fiber bonnet, similar to what you see on the SLS AMG GT3. This helps engine heat to escape more effectively, while also increasing downforce at the front axle and lowering the drag coefficient. Meanwhile, the radiator grille has the cross-fin and star recess that are coated glossy black to match the fins and the exterior mirrors.

Other GT3 elements that you see here are the carbon-fibre insert on the sides that has air outlets and the black fin. These help lower the temperature within the engine chamber, while also giving the car better stability, even on the toughest tracks.

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