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Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell might be launched in late 2012

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

According to Ola Källenius who is the boss at AMG, the development of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell is going well and the car might be launched towards the end of next year if everything goes according to the plan.

In an interview given to Autoblog.com, Källenius said that electric powertrains will play an important role in AMG’s future lineup and that some sort of kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) will make it into AMG cars.

As a reminder, the SLS AMG E-Cell features a 48 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that powers four electric motors, generating a total output of 526 hp (533 PS / 392 kW) and 649 lb.-ft (880 Nm) of torque. The car needs only 4 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, which is only 0.2 seconds slower than the regular SLS AMG.

Source: Mercedes-Benz via autoblog.com

Spy Shots – Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

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.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

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.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

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.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

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.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Source: Autocar

New leaked images of the upcoming Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing

German magazine Autobild has unveiled a new set of official images leaked on the web of the new Mercedes supercar, the SLS AMG Gullwing. These photos show the new uber-Merc undisguised from almost every angle, including a small glimpse of the car’s interior. However, Mercedes has already showed official images with the interior, so we can say the car is basically completely unveiled and we know what to expect in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show when the car is scheduled to make its official debut.

I don’t know about you, but the car, which is a modern interpretation of the 1954 Mercedes 300 SL looks absolutely amazing and I can’t wait for September to get to the auto show and see it live. And I also have a feeling it will also be a blast to drive, because under the hood there’ll be a large 6.2 liter V8 engine which will deliver 571 hp (420 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque, enough to take the SLS from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph).

Photo Gallery: Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Gullwing leaked photos