Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series Will Boast 670 Horsepower
SANTA MONICA, CA – It won’t make its official debutuntil this summer, but the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series features a 6.0Ltwin turbo V-12 engine. In the standard SL65 AMG, it pumps out 604 horsepower. Inthe Black Series, the same engine gets cranked up to 670 hp. The five-speedautomatic transmission, torque converter and all, will remain, but it will gettwo Sport shift programs, with the second delivering quicker gearchanges timedat just 250 milliseconds, according to www.edmunds.com.
Inaddition to the added power, the engineers at Mercedes-Benz concentrated onreducing the car’s weight. AMG’s engineers replaced the heavy airbag suspensionsetup on the standard SL65 for steel coil springs, lost the Active Body Controlsystem, and made the Black’s trunk, vented hood, roof, vented front fenders,and bumpers out of carbon fiber.
Weightsavings also turned the car into a coupe. Instead of a heavy folding hardtop,the Black Series gets a fixed roof fortified with a fully integrated roll cage.The changes reduce the car’s overall weight by 570 pounds and give it apower-to-weight ratio of 1 horsepower per 6.1 pounds.
The coupewill be able to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 4.0 seconds and have a topspeed of 198 mph. A retractable spoiler will help to generate 77 pounds ofdownforce above 60 mph, which is the speed it magically rises from the decklid.
Interiorchanges are minimal. It will get the same AMG seats as the standard model (thecarbon seats have no side airbags so they won’t make it into U.S.-spec cars)along with a flat-bottom steering wheel, an Alcantara headliner, and anavigation system. Black will be the only interior color offered. The projectedprice is more than $225,000, and there will be no options. Expect to see theofficial unveil this summer with sales starting this fall. Only 350 units willbe built.