• Jul 10, 2008


Click above for a high-res gallery of the SL65 AMG Black Series.

After months of spy shots and speculation, the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series is finally out in the open. And with a $320,000 price tag, a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 and only 200 units on their way to the U.S., it's a serious stopgap between the deceased SLR and Mercedes' 2011 SLC gullwing supercar.

Mercedes' in-house tuners applied their tried and true philosophy to the SL65 AMG Black Series, beginning with a carbon fiber hood, fenders and trunk, along with nixing the retractable hard top in favor of a fixed carbon fiber roof with an integrated roll cage. As such, the Black is 550 pounds lighter than the stock SL65, coming in at 4,122 pounds.

Seven vents – three in the bumper, two on the hood and two in the fenders – feed copious quantities of air to the 6.0-liter V12, fitted with a duo of upgraded turbochargers. Power is up to 661 hp available at 5,400 rpm, while torque remains the same at 738 lb.-ft. With a five-speed automatic gearbox equipped with AMG's speedshift software, the Black can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds on its way to a gearing-limited top speed of 199 mph.

Expect the SL65 AMG Black Series to debut in Paris, with sales beginning in the U.S. early next year.

UPDATE: Press release added after the jump.



PRESS RELEASE

Mercedes-Benz debuts SL65 AMG BLACK SERIES coupe

V12-Powered SL65 AMG Rockets from Zero to 60 MPH in 3.8 Seconds

MONTVALE, NJ – Mercedes-Benz is launching an exclusive new model designed to perform equally well on public roads and on the race track. Based on a highly modified and lightened version of the company's revered SL roadster, the new SL65 AMG Black Series coupe features a carbon-fiber fixed roof, front fenders, hood, trunk lid and front and rear aprons. With all these super-strong, lightweight parts, plus the absence of retractable roof hardware, the car is more than 550 pounds lighter than the standard SL.

A Dramatically Bolder Look

With its flatter roof, broader front fenders (nearly six inches wider), large air intakes in the front apron and hood, a rear apron with air diffuser fins and retractable rear spoiler, the new SL65 AMG looks dramatically bolder from all angles.

Weight-optimized AMG forged alloy wheels feature an unusual staggered diameter and width: 9.5 x 19 inches up front and 11.5 x 20 in the rear, with 265 / 35 19 tires in front and 325 / 30 20 tires at the rear. Vented and perforated composite ceramic brake discs are clearly visible through the filigree of the AMG double-spoke wheels – front discs are more than 15 inches in diameter, with six-piston fixed calipers to slow them down, and the rear are 14 inches, with four-piston fixed calipers.

An all-black interior exudes the no-nonsense functionality of a race car. Carbon-fiber bucket seats upholstered in Nappa leather with AMG embossed in the head restraints provide impressive lateral support in fast turns, and a smaller (by 15 millimeters) AMG Performance steering wheel is fitted with aluminum shift paddles for manual shifting. A white tachometer with four integral LEDs alerts the driver about optimal shift points, and a contrasting black speedometer reads to 225 mph.

Even More Twin-Turbo Power

The already formidable 6.0-liter AMG V12 engine has been modified to produce more than 650 horsepower and a staggering 738 pound-feet of torque. Its twin turbochargers are 12 percent larger, passages for intake air and the turbo wastegates have been modified, and the intake air intercooler is 30 percent more efficient. The result is zero-to-60 mph acceleration of only 3.8 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 198 mph.

Integrated within the trunk lid, a rear spoiler automatically raises nearly five inches whenever the car reaches about 74 mph, creating downforce on the tail of the car at high speeds. From the rear, the most eye-catching feature is its new carbon-fiber apron with air diffuser ribs. Hidden within it is an active cooling system for the final drive and 40-percent locking differential.

AMG SpeedShift Plus Transmission

The SL656 AMG Black series uses a beefed-up five-speed automatic transmission with AMG's SpeedShift Plus shift control that provides four shift modes: "C," "S," "M1" and "M2," which has 25 percent quicker shift times than "M1." The torque converter's lockup clutch assures direct shifting in all shifting scenarios, right from first gear, while an AMG automatic "throttle-blipping" feature makes downshifting smooth yet exciting, even in power-on turns.

Fully Adjustable Suspension

AMG has developed a fully adjustable sport suspension for the new SL65 AMG Black Series. Adjustable coil-spring struts provide a proven motorsports solution that allows fine tuning of shock absorber jounce and rebound, ride height and wheel alignment.

Spring links camber struts, push-pull rods and wheel carriers have been specially developed for this vehicle. Track width is nearly four inches wider on the new Black Series car. A three-stage ESP feature provides outstanding driving dynamics. With ESP on, the system senses understeer or oversteer and applies the brakes on one wheel to counteract the slide. In the "ESP Sport" mode, the driver can purposely slide the car to its limit of control before the system reacts, while in "ESP off," the system is fully turned off.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Why an automatic?

      *Sigh* It's a dieing art...
        • 6 Years Ago
        LimeDaiquiri, I totally agree
        Those that KNOW how to drive a clutch probably also agree!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @LimeDaiquiri: I know how you feel. I wish more manufacturers would give enthusiasts the manual option of rolling up and down the windows with hand cranks. Where's the fun in pushing a button and let a computer do the work for you? It takes real skill to roll the window smoothly without stalling out. And don't even get me started about automatic door locks. Dying art, indeed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @JoBo: Retarded because? Try this on for size. Sticks don't give better performance, paddle shifters do it better. Sticks don't give better gas mileage, even automatics with hydraulic torque converters do it just as well. So what's left for stick apologists? Fun. And as I showed in my last post, using the same kind of retarded logic stick apologists generally use, rowing your own gears is a retarded way to have fun.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Big Rocket: Wow, that's the most retarded argument I've ever seen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not a fan of all the carbon fiber in the interior. It screams tuner car. Nor am I a fan of the instrument panel. 4,100 lbs? It's still got some weight to lose. Love those seats though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow just wow
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gorgeous! What a SL should be! Yet sadly, at $320k I'd buy a used SLR.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Evil is more like it... and I mean that in the best possible way. This car looks like it'll take most other cars out back and kick the crap outta them. I love it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        F YEAH TORRENT lol but never the less sick car!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I would buy 4 GT-Rs!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Evil is more like it... and I mean that in the best possible way. This car looks like it'll take most other cars out back and kick the cr@p outta them. I love it.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I totally agree with you user... or buy a used Spyker and a used Azure
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I would buy an Arnage, forget about performance cars, and drive around like royalty!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        320K, I'd buy like 2 ZR-1's and a GT-R.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's one expensive botox treatment alright. Looks like eyelashes and grey lipstick on a pig.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WICKED!
      Truly WICKED!!
      ButterBenz
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL... type... Crash the Merc at 60 mph
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice looking, except the butt. The rear lights on the back look real cheapo compared to the rest of the car. Why can't it have a butt like a DB9, or better, like Jessica Alba's?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Schön dank!
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Damon Lavrinc: from Autoblog

      The SLR is not deceased yet... it has one more year left 2009 !!! the roadster and speedster. the SLR was a true Supercar it will be missed despite the $500k pricing R.I.P Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

      @ Everyone:
      This 09 SL65 AMG Black Series. it look's really cool but... come on 4,122 pounds 0-60 mph. in only... 3.9 sec a 06 Z06 beat's that with only 505hp. this benz has 661hp. the price is $320k. i could buy Two ZR1's a GTR and a 09 CTS-V for that price... never the less this benz look's very very nice to bad for the $320k price and only 200 units being made i was hopeing it would give the GTR and ZR1 some composition...
        • 6 Years Ago
        competition in price? you do know the sl-65 amg costs more than both cars combined (msrp). right? so how could you possibly fathom the SL-65 AMG Black Series to be near that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is one badass car! Too bad i's soooo freaking ugly! I'm not a fan of the facelifted SL (the squared off grill clashes with the rounded body IMHO) but this one looks horrible. It's overwrought, bloated, and screams dirty old man trying to be a boy racer
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry but I don't see the ugliness in it at all. Its almost perfect. 9.8/10....

        • 6 Years Ago
        You're not supposed to say that out loud.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Normal SLs (new ones) are indeed quite ugly IMO, but with the flared arches, the wing and the huge wheels make this Black look much more aggressive and powerful
        • 6 Years Ago
        i agree... something isn't sitting well with me with the design.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wait till you see it on the road and then we can talk about how ugly it is. As far as I am concerned MB finally got the SL right. It looks agressive and almost hints at it being solely for the track. And as for the "squared of grill" comment you must vertainly be blind. Even if you said rectangular you would still be wrong. That grill curves both at the top and bottom and is slanted at the sides. Maybe a two year old would consider that a square. So get some new glasses and stop being so revolted about one of the most appealling cars MB has designed next to the CL.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While this front clip treatment looked unbalanced to me on standard SLs, but now it all makes sense...
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