• Apr 15, 2008

The online editors of Motor Trend have decided to spill the beans, which allows us to finally confirm the information circulating the interwebs regarding AMG's latest flagship supercar, the SL65 Black Series.

AMG has cranked an extra 66 hp out of the twin-turbo six-liter V12, now boosted up to 670 hp, while stump-pullin' grunt remains the same at 738 pound-feet. Unfortunately, all that torque still needs to be converted through a conventional five-speed automatic. 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. That reduced weight is sprung on fully adjustable coils with an electro-hydraulic Active Body Control suspension and one-piece forged alloys wearing Dunlop Maxx GT tires in 265/35ZR-19 dimensions up front and 325/30ZR-20 out back.

A deployable rear spoiler, flat-bottomed steering wheel and Alcantara-clad interior also factor into the package, which Mercedes says would be capable of hitting 220 mph if it didn't electronically limit it to 186 (300 km/h), but 60 will come in the three-second range. The extra kit is complimented by a lower hood line enabled by the Black's exemption from pedestrian safety regs due to its small production numbers: Only 350 examples will be made in either silver, white, black or red.

[Source: Motor Trend]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why the eff are these cars so effing heavy?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because Mercedes hasn't embraced aluminium yet, and their cars are built like a tank.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All the torque and hp is going to make up for the weight.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is it called "Black" if it's still gray? No, not "silver", they're all gray. Why isn't it... Uh, I dunno, black, for a change?

      I know color is an extremely minor detail, but I'm just tired of Mercedes cars always being gray.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Black Series cars make no sense to me. Mercedes is not Ferrari. The CLK Black was silly, but the SL Balck is just ridiculous. The SL is and always has been a luxury grand tourer. In fact, it's probably the best one in the world. People who buy it like to cruise around Palm Beach with the top down, they don't want to tackle the corkscrew at Laguna with it. Why the hell are they trying to make a stripped-down sports car out of a car that isn't suited to it? Who's going to spend the huge premium necessary over the SL65 to lose the electric top, gain (completely unnecessary) HP over the already ludicrous output and jack up the suspension spring rates into bridge-truss territory? Buy an SL550 and spend the difference on a Z-06 or Carrera4.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why's it gotta be black!?!?!?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Did I read the article wrong?

      autoblog:
      That reduced weight is sprung on fully adjustable coils with an electro-hydraulic Active Body Control suspension

      MT:
      The electro-hydraulic Active Body Control suspension has been tossed for a fully adjustable coil spring suspension

      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy crap what a fat pig.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's 10kg more heavy than a Ferrari Scaglietti, but unfortunately, it should be a little closer to the 599, which it's 150kg heavier than, maybe somewhere in the middle of the two.

      It should be an awesome car though, considering the reviews the normal SL AMG got (the ones i have read are good, anyway). They also made the CL63 Black which got lots of great reviews and is by no means a light car.

      I don't think Merc are trying to play against the F430 with this car, despite the price; in fact, what i actually believe is happening is they are leaving a gap for a lighter HWA-built AMG SLC to come in and bridge, along with the new McLaren P11, which, from what i've read, will be built by McLaren this time with Mercedes simply providing engines, but i've found nothing solid on this, simply a few car magazines and articles on the internet, and i read somewhere that Mercedes hold part of McLaren (is this true? I thought it was the case, but i'm not sure)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how well this thing is gonna compete with the Ferrari, Aston Martin, and other super exotic GTs.
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