Friday, 9 November 2012


Following in its new tradition of releasing “Black Series”- badged AMG cars, Mercedes-Benz has removed the wraps off the brand new SLS AMG Black Series. The car is based on the SLS AMG GT but has a few neat tricks up its sleeve.

Like the fact that while it uses the same 6.2-litre V8 engine, power is now up from 435kW to 464kW at a high-pitched 8000rpm. At the same time though, and strangely enough, torque is down to 634Nm. Merc says the SLS AMG Black Series will jump off from standing still to a speed reading of 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds, making it the quickest production Mercedes-Benz on the planet. Its top speed is rated at 315km/h. If you bought yours on a budget you can take note of its stated fuel consumption of 13.7 litres per 100km. Sounds good, if you believe in things like Santa Claus and the perfect man.

What is real though, apparently, is the weight-saving of 70kg on the normal GT. This was achieved, among other ways, but removing the COMAND control unit inside, using a titanium exhaust system, carbon fibre rear diffuser and others.

Other differences are in the use of a carbon fibre rear wing, wider front and rear tracks, 20-inch forged alloy wheels, and lightweight sports seats.

No word on South African availability yet, but the old SL 65 Black Series did come here in 2008 at a cost of just over R4 million a pop. One Patrice Motsepe bought one. Of course.

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