2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series
STUTTGART, GERMANY – Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its most powerful series production road car
to date: the 670-horsepower twin-turbocharged 6.0L V-12-powered SL65 AMG Black
Series. The SL65 AMG Black Series will be produced in a limited run of 350 over
a 12-month period — and some 200 have been earmarked for the U.S. market.
The new two-seat coupe is the third Black Series model from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG
performance-car division in recent years. The SLK55 and CLK63 Black Series
models were launched in 2006 and 2007, respectively, according to
priced at around $320,000, the SL65 AMG Black Series slots into the
Mercedes-Benz lineup as an indirect replacement for the McLaren-built SLR
coupe, which ceased production late last year upon the introduction of the SLR
roadster. It is also rumored to incorporate a number of engineering solutions
planned for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz SLC, a two-seat coupe and convertible
pairing that are due out in 2011.
to Mercedes-Benz, the SL65 AMG Black Series will accelerate from zero to 60 mph
in less than 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed limited to 199 mph. Meanwhile,
with a lower overall weight, fuel consumption improves from 15.6 mpg to 16.3
mpg in U.S. figures.
has developed two different interior layouts in consideration of the difference
in safety standards between Europe and the United States. The Europe-bound
SL65 AMG Black Series gets seatbelts anchored in the newly created B-pillar and
does without side airbags. Those for the U.S. retain the standard seats with
integral seatbelts and side airbags, according to www.edmunds.com.