Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series Unveiled [Photo Gallery]
The headline grabber of today is that the “Skunk Works” inside AMG found so much power from the 6.2-liter V8 engine that it boggles the mind. The Black offers 622 hp (464 kW or 631 PS) at an ear-damaging 8,000 rpm. To get this output, they’ve basically made a racing engine, which means, the high screamer is actually down on torque, by 14 Nm to 634 Nm (468 lb-ft) compared to the AMG GT’s 648 (479 lb-ft).
In a straight line, the 100 km/h standard sprint now takes 3.6 seconds, down 0.2 seconds, while the top speed should you be brave enough to reach it is 315 km/h (196 mph). No that it should be any concern after you’ve taken a substantial chunk of your bank account, but you’ll have to part with a lot of money at the gas station, as this thing will burn through 13.7 liters of fuel per 100 km on the combined cycle (20.6 mph UK, 17 mpg US), equivalent to CO2 emissions of 321 g/km.
The SLS Black is noticeably wider, with 20mm and 24mm front and rear tracks increases respectively. Massively flared fenders cover up some AMG-style 20-inch wheels which in turn let you peak at standard carbon ceramic brakes.
Other racing car goodies include front splitter, side skirts and the large rear diffuser, all made from carbon fiber. The exhaust is made from titanium and only weighs 17 kg (37 pounds), and all the little changes ad up to a weight saving of 70 kg (154 pounds) over the SLS AMG GT, as the Black tips the scales at 1550 kg (3417 pounds).
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