2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series
STUTTGART, GERMANY – Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled its most powerful series production road carto date: the 670-horsepower twin-turbocharged 6.0L V-12-powered SL65 AMG BlackSeries. The SL65 AMG Black Series will be produced in a limited run of 350 overa 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 AMGperformance-car division in recent years. The SLK55 and CLK63 Black Seriesmodels were launched in 2006 and 2007, respectively, according towww.edmunds.com.
To bepriced at around $320,000, the SL65 AMG Black Series slots into theMercedes-Benz lineup as an indirect replacement for the McLaren-built SLRcoupe, which ceased production late last year upon the introduction of the SLRroadster. It is also rumored to incorporate a number of engineering solutionsplanned for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz SLC, a two-seat coupe and convertiblepairing that are due out in 2011.
Accordingto Mercedes-Benz, the SL65 AMG Black Series will accelerate from zero to 60 mphin 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 16.3mpg in U.S. figures.
Mercedes-Benzhas developed two different interior layouts in consideration of the differencein safety standards between Europe and the United States. The Europe-boundSL65 AMG Black Series gets seatbelts anchored in the newly created B-pillar anddoes without side airbags. Those for the U.S. retain the standard seats withintegral seatbelts and side airbags, according to www.edmunds.com.