Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series unleashed
Mercedes-Benz was very clear about their intentions when they launched the SLS only in AMG flavour back in the year 2010. The car was meant to be the very pinnacle of a sort of performance that in these times considered out of sync and crude. In short, it is a muscle car brute with its 6.2 litre AMG V8 engine, over sized bonnet, over sized tyres, rear-wheel drive layout and an engine note that sounds like the outbreak of a thunderstorm.
Little wonder that in no time petrolheads across the world worshipped the SLS AMG. It soon became one of the most desirable performance cars on the planet because of its savage character, phenomenal performance and gull wing heritage that harked back to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.
Mercedes-Benz has now taken the SLS AMG supercar a notch higher with the SLS AMG Black Series. Available only in the gull wing coupe model, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series is the ultimate performance car from the German luxury car maker.
Given a once over by Merc’s Black ops division the 6.2 litre AMG V8 in the SLS AMG Black has been tweaked to deliver 640 PS of power and 635Nm of torque. This has been made possible due to a modified oil bores in the crankshaft, new crankshaft bearings, new oil pump, high tensile screwed conrods, revised valve train, adapted cam geometry, optimised bucket tappets with special race coating, increase in peak pressure and reworked oil and water cooling systems for the engine and gearbox.
The naturally aspirated engine can now rev higher than the standard car as well and can now redlined at 8,000 rpm as opposed to the 7,200 maximum rpm of the standard SLS AMG.
Mercedes-AMG engineers have also worked to reduce the weight of the SLS AMG Black over the standard car by 70 kgs to better the power to weight ratio of the car. The weight shedding is down to the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy that involves the extensive use of carbon fibre and a lithium ion battery that saves 8 kgs. The car also gets an AMG sports exhaust made out of titanium to save 13 kgs of weight.
The end result is 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 315 km/h.