Spy Shots – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
We’ve been wondering when Mercedes-Benz will launch the ultimate version of its SLS AMG. Apparently we don’t have to wait much longer for the Black Series version of the car because a prototype was spied by the guys from Autocar on the Nurburgring track. The car is scheduled to go on sale in 2013 and it should cost 50% more than the regular coupe which is available for 168,395 pounds in the UK so you’d better start saving money right away.
According to Autocar, the German automaker decided to make the Black Series version of the SLS back in 2006 when the development of the AMG variant begun. When it will come out it will have a rather dramatic bodykit, featuring a big fixed rear wing, a rear diffuser, front splitter and more cooling on the hood, along with a wider track. We’ve already seen a similar bodykit on the SLS GT3 racer that was exhibited last year during the New York motor show.
Company insiders have revealed that the V8 6.2-liter engine of the SLS AMG will be able to develop around 600 hp and a peak torque of 500 lb.-ft. when the Black Series version will be launched. Some of the tweaks that will be implemented in the ultimate SLS will be a higher compression ratio, a larger air manifold, along with reprofiled camshafts. Also included will be a mechanical locking differential, while the engine will be linked to a dual-clutch, 7-speed gearbox in order to handle the additional torque.
Aside from the bodykit and the mechanical improvements, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series will lose 50kg and it will have an improved aerodynamic package, which should be enough for a 0-62 mph sprint time in only 3.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 208 mph. The regular SLS needs 3.8 seconds to hit 62 mph while its top speed is of “only” 197 mph.
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