It’s not a plane but we thought we would show you the new SLS AMG Black Series from Mercedes-AMG that has just been released as we think it’s going to fly!
Mercedes-AMG presents the most extreme version of the celebrated SLS, the 2014MY SLS AMG Black Series. Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 race car. This fifth Black Series model from Mercedes-AMG boasts a fascinating mix of breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics and uncompromising lightweight construction in line with the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy.
With a curb weight of 3,417 pounds, the SLS AMG Black Series achieves a power/weight ratio of 5.49 lb/hp. The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine generates a power output of 622 hp at 7,400 rpm and accelerates the most dynamic SLS of all time to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The SLS AMG Black Series achieves a whole new level of performance with the coil-over AMG Adaptive Performance Suspension, AMG high-performance ceramic two-piece brake system and weight optimised, forged AMG light-alloy wheels with new sport tires. Additional highlights include electronically-controlled AMG rear-axle differential lock and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission featuring spectacular shift and response times. The available AMG Aerodynamics package delivers a further boost to the vehicle’s handling and dynamics. 2014MY SLS AMG Black Series goes on-sale next summer.
Black Series is a name that resonates with automobile experts and enthusiasts worldwide. Following the SLK55 AMG Black Series from 2006 (European model), the 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series, the 2009 SL65 AMG Black Series and the 2013 C63 AMG Black Series, the fifth in the lineup sees the Black Series enter a whole new dimension with the iconic SLS AMG.
“The new SLS AMG Black Series is a perfect study in the one hundred percent transfer of technology and engineering from motorsport to road. We have drawn inspiration from the worldwide success of the SLS AMG GT3 customer sport racing car on both a conceptual and a technological level. Boasting numerous lightweight components and fascinating dynamics, our fifth Black Series model guarantees pure, unadulterated ‘Driving Performance.’ The SLS AMG Black Series is the ultimate choice for fast laps and a highly emotional experience,” says Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
“Fans of high-performance super sports cars will be fascinated by its high-tech package. The basis for passionate performance and supreme driving dynamics is provided by numerous new developments in the engine, transmission, suspension and aerodynamics – also giving top priority to our “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy. Outstanding efforts in the field of lightweight design have resulted in a curb weight of 3,417 pounds,” notes Tobias Moers, Head of Total Vehicle Development and Member of the Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The uprated AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine now generates a power output of 622 hp and 468 lb-ft of torque. It will provide thrilling driving dynamics, making the SLS AMG Black Series the most powerful AMG high-performance car with a petrol engine. Only the SLS AMG Electric Drive with a maximum output of 740 hp has more power. The SLS AMG Black Series accelerates to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and onward to a top speed of 196 mph. The additional 39 hp of power compared to the 583 hp delivered by the SLS AMG GT is courtesy of the following enhancements:
The engineers at Mercedes-AMG have further optimized the crank assembly in the interests of optimum stability under tough race track conditions. The measures include modified oil bores in the crankshaft, new crankshaft bearings, a new oil pump and high-strength screw fasteners for the connecting rods. The entire water and oil cooling system for the engine and transmission has been optimized further.
The key data at a glance:
SLS AMG Black Series
|Bore x stroke||4.02 x 3.72 inches|
|Compression ratio||11.3 : 1|
|Output||622 hp at 7,400 rpm|
|Max. torque||468 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm|
|Maximum engine speed||8,000 rpm|
|Engine weight (dry)||452 lbs|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||3.5 s|
|Top speed||196 mph|
The AMG V8 engine in the SLS AMG Black Series also has an additional specialized mounting system. A gas-filled strut braces the eight-cylinder engine against the body, effectively eliminating undesired load shifts during highly-dynamic race-track driving. The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine is hand-built in the AMG factory in Affalterbach, in line with the philosophy “one man, one engine.” This hand-made quality is confirmed by the black AMG engine badge bearing the signature of the engine builder, which is a hallmark of the Black Series models.
The SLS AMG has been pushed to the side over the past 12 months as other manufacturers have offered their latest models. With the Black series it looks like Mercedes is back with a winner and we would be very happy to test fly one!