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2008-07-14 09:00
SL 65 Black Series

SL 65 Black Series

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Model SL 65 AMG Black Series
Engine 6-litre, V12, bi-turbo
Power 492kW
Torque 1 000Nm
Transmission 5-speed auto
Zero To Hundred 3.9 seconds
Top Speed 360km/h
AMG says it's an SL. With a fixed roof and nearly 500kW you hardly beleive them though.

With Mercedes ending its road car performance development agreement with McLaren, AMG has gone into overdrive with research and development.

The Affalterbach team, who show a disconcerting penchant for regarding power and torque more important than traction, happened on the idea that the new SL 63 AMG was a perennial underachiever.

And really, you can’t help but see their point, as the SL 63 AMG only has 387kW – hardly enough in this ecological day and age.

Powered up, carbon-trimmed

Now the SL65, which has a 6-litre, bi-turbo V12, has been given the Black Series – silly name, we know – treatment. The Black Series retains a standard SL65 transmission, the 7G tronic Merc unit in the new C63 AMG unable to deal with the standard 1 000Nm SL 65 torque peak.

Torque might be similar to the standard SL 65, but the Black Series version has seen power up though. Thanks to new turbo’s and exhausts you’ll now have 492 reasons to lose your license with – power being up 42kW from the 450kW standard SL 65. Oh, and more than a Ferrari Enzo too...

Rumours that AMG engine designers were nearly inconsolable at not breaching the 500kW barrier could not be confirmed.

Fixed roof SL?

What can be confirmed is the preponderance of carbon-fibre, which fleshes out design details such as the new front bumper, splitter and spoiler whilst trimming weight by 250kg.

The new carbon-fibre roof is also fixed, making this the first SL in history which is not a convertible – and yes, we’re confused too.

Nothing confusing concerning performance though. Apocalyptic power, trimmed mass and AMG’s five-speed speed-shift plus automatic transmission heralds a 3.9 second 0-100km/h sprint time and 360km/h top speed.

AMG is limiting Black Series SL 65 models to 320km/h for production and have plonked on the obligatory raising rear-spoiler which operates above 120km/h for extra high-speed tracking stability.

For those who dismiss the Black Series as a simple AMG dragster development boss Tobias Moers is gunning for a sub 7:45 Nurburgring time.

Production volumes are to be very low – 350 cars total - with the first cars to be delivered to customers in November with 492kW and a factory Merc guarantee – should make a lot of sense to some people with more money than sense.


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