Following on from yesterday’s teaser, here are the first images of the much-anticipated SLS AMG Black Series from Mercedes-Benz.
The most extreme Gullwing to date, it follows the usual formula seen in other Black Series models, including engine changes, which consist of a new air intake, modified camshafts, revised ECU software and improved water and oil cooling. These tweaks see output from the 6.2-litre V8 engine rise from 420 kW (571 hp) and 649 Nm to 464 kW (622 hp) and 635 Nm – slightly down on the original car’s torque figure. At 3.6 seconds, the 0-100 km/h time undercuts its standard sibling by 0.2s, while the added drag of the aero package means that top speed is marginally slower at 316 km/h. Average consumption works out at 13.7 litres per 100 km.
Weight-saving measures include a carbon fibre driveshaft, 15 kg lighter seats, a 17 kg titanium exhaust system and a featherweight lithium-ion battery; all contributing to the Black Series’ 70 kg weight reduction to 1550 kg.
Visually there’s a carbon aero package that includes a restyled hood, front splitter, large rear diffuser, side skirts and arch extensions. this widens the front of the car by 13 mm and the rear by 26 mm, while the 21-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels increase track by 20 and 24 mm. As with other Black Series models in the family, four trapezoidal tailpipes also feature here.
Notable standard equipment includes the usually optional carbon ceramic brakes system, adaptive sports suspension, an electronic locking differential and launch control.
Due to go on sale next June, pricing has yet to be announced, but we’d be surprised if you saw much change from €250,000. And that’s before you start adding such options as AMG’s Aerodynamics Package (which includes the raised rear wing), carbon packages for the engine and interior, forged matte black wheels with polished rims, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system and deletion of the COMAND multimedia system.