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2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

After initially announcing the project back in 2006, Mercedes-Benz finally lived up to anticipation when it unveiled its new top-of-the-line SLS AMG at the Frankfurt Motor Show. But despite the supercar's superlative performance figures, the stock SLS is emerging as only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In addition to an upcoming all-electric version and anticipated roadster, reports are popping up again to confirm that the German automaker is indeed working on a Black Series version that will take the car's performance to the edge of the envelope.

The report in Autocar equates the difference between the existing SLS and the upcoming Black edition to the distance bridged from the Corvette Z06 to the ZR1. That's some standard to live up to, but if reports prove accurate, the SLS AMG Black Series should be up to the task. Whereas the stock SLS offers 563 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque from its 6.2-liter V8, the Black version is tipped to produce upwards of 600 hp and more than 500 lb-ft of twist from the same engine, tweaked with a larger air manifold, higher compression, new camshafts, a mechanical locking diff and more.

Driving through the same 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and coupled to a revised aerodynamics package and aggressive weight-reduction program, the SLS Black is tipped to drop the stock 0-62 time down from 3.8 seconds to below 3.5 seconds and boost the top speed from 195 to 208 miles per hour. A commensurate 50% price hike to around £155k (~$250k) would put the SLS AMG Black Series on par with the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano with the HGTE handling package, set to hit the scene some time around 2013.

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[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm still holding out hope that the Mercedes tartan makes it into one version of this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Such an attractive vehicle. Love the smooth lines.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't wait for it. I like it a lot more then a Corvette, however the Corvette is also a fine piece of automobile :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      This should make it interesting, I really want to see one in person.
      • 5 Years Ago
      still less than the SLR.
      performance, looks, value...wow!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is got to be the single most polarizing styled car ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The original is one of my favorite looking cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does one need a Black version of this car? I guess following that logic they should also make Black version of F-1 race cars also! Why not just make one version, and make it as fast/light as possible and call it a day?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great looking car, just not as beautiful as the original 300sl
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this car and the Black will be just that more awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      FYI, the 599 HGTE is already in production. Cars should be hitting stateside before the end of the year.
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