Official: Mercedes-Benz confirms the SLS AMG Black Series

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 20, 2011

Mercedes-Benz will produce a SLS AMG Black Series. This move was confirmed by Tobias Moers, the Director of Vehicle Development at Mercedes-AMG. According a report, this vehicle is a sure thing. No official details have been give but it’s speculated that its 6.2-liter V8 engine would be modified to offer about 610 hp and 499 lb-ft (677 Nm) of torque.

In addition, Mercedes is working on another version of the SLS, the road-going version of its GT3 racing model, says MotorTrend. But unfortunately, a source said that this vehicle won’t be offered in the U.S. The car will be released in Europe for homologation, but since it doesn’t race in the U.S., there’s virtually no reason for it to be brought to the U.S.

Mercedes believes that only a very small volume would be sold and so it has decided not to bring it there. In addition, Moers said that the SLS E-Cell, the electric version of the car, will arrive in Europe in 2012 or 2013. It’s also likely not to be available in the U.S.

The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG features a unique styling that reinterprets the elegant lines of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The new SLS AMG comes with a number of purist yet contemporary features typical of sports cars like its long wheelbase, a bonnet that measures just under two meters, a short rear-end with an extendable aerofoil and a low greenhouse, as well as wide track, large wheels and short front and rear overhangs.

However, what could be considered as the main and most convincing and charismatic feature of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is its gullwing doors that open upwards instead of sidewards. These gullwing doors on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG are perfectly inspired by a similar feature on the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. Of course, these gullwing doors are not the only features inspired by the legendary front-end of the sports car.

Other inspired features derived from the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL include the signature wide radiator grille with the large Mercedes star and the wing-shaped cross fins. The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has a dynamic stance, thanks to its 3D sculptured front-end and its low-set, swept-back front apron setting well into the sides. In addition, the front end of the Gullwing is also marked by six large cooling air intakes as well as vertically arranged headlamps.

These headlamps include a central bi-xenon low-beam headlamp with metallic wing section. The bottom section of the headlamps is comprised of LED daytime driving lights while the top part features two LED indicators. Meanwhile, the prominent Mercedes star on the radiator grille provides a visual evidence of certain influences derived from aircraft construction. This Mercedes star features a tubular section similar to the air intake on a jet engine -- when viewed from the side.

This design is also mirrored by the Gullwing’s long bonnet as well as the design of the four fins in Silver Shadow finish adorning the two air outlet grilles on the end. Furthermore, these lines help accelerate the air flowing past the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, making the car seem to be moving even at standstill. On the other hand, the new SLS AMG features a low-slung front-mid engine and dual-clutch transmission in transaxle configuration.

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