Bridgestone Mercedes announces SLS Black Series
Mercedes announces SLS Black Series
2012-11-12
Mercedes announces SLS Black Series

The fastest Mercedes-Benz-badged car in the world is about to get a whole lot hotter. And more expensive.With the paint still wet on its SLS GT, AMG is showing the world the even faster, even angrier SLS Black Series.

The fastest Mercedes-Benz-badged car in the world is about to get a whole lot hotter. And more expensive.With the paint still wet on its SLS GT, AMG is showing the world the even faster, even angrier SLS Black Series.

With more power, less weight, tauter handling and, bizarrely, a lower top speed, AMG claims its fifth Black Series model will bring the handling package of its SLS GT3 racecar onto the road. Another 59 horsepower has been tickled out of the 6.2-liter V8 relative to the standard SLS to peak at 622 hp, a figure that is also 39 hp upstream of the just-released SLS GT. Weighing in at 3,417 pounds, the Black Series process has slashed 154 pounds from the standard SLS AMG. AMG combines this with an upgraded version of its seven-speed paddle-shift transmission, a coil-over suspension system, carbon-ceramic brakes, stickier tires and an electronically locking differential to create one of the most potent rear-wheel-drive cars it's ever built.

It results in a snarling, snorting monster that tops out at 196 mph, but AMG insists the SLS Black Series does its best work in corners. It also has a shorter final-drive ratio than the standard SLS or the SLS GT (which explains its slightly slower top speed). It features wider, more aggressive bodywork, bigger air intakes, darkened headlights, deep front and rear undertrays, a massive air outlet carved into the hood and a large rear diffuser. For those who aren't so concerned with elega
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