Posted Nov 18th 2012 9:17AM
2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series debuting at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the latest — and possibly the wildest — Black Series car expands the SLS AMG supercar lineup again, joining the SLS AMG GT coupe and roadster thanks to a 20-hp increase applied for the 2013 model year.
Permormance 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
Powering the new car is AMG’s venerable 6.2-liter V-8 engine, which in its latest application and possibly its last has been tuned to deliver 631 horsepower and 468 pound-feet of torque. Since the car only weighs 3,417 lb, a good 154 pounds less than a standard SLS AMG it will be able to rocket from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. Top speed is 196 mph. (Not that you’d want to try to it, but we expect a few owners will.) While that would probably be enough to notice dynamic improvements on a track like the Nuerburgring, Mercedes bumped power levels beyond the 600-hp threshold to further boost the Black Series’ performance. And it would appear as though the extra power can’t conquer the aerodynamics.
The extra power comes courtesy of a raised redline from 7200 to 8000 rpm as well as other changes including a revised valvetrain and which required adopting a new oil pump, crank bearings, camshafts, intake, and connecting rod fasteners, intake air ducting modifications, and a tweaked ECU. Mercedes says the wonder car’s features are drawn entirely from racing experience.
Other changes include faster gear shifts and a repositioning of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox 0.4 inches lower to drop the car’s center of gravity, which now sits 10 millimeters lower to improve the car’s center of gravity. This is in addition to a new carbon driveshaft, an electronic rear differential lock, and adjustable suspension. Forged 10-spoke wheels — 10×19 inches in front and 12×20 inches in the rear — may look great against the Black-Series-exclusive AMG Solar Beam paint of the car pictured, but they are also good for another 8.8-pounds of weight savings. Grip is improved by a new, electronically controlled locking rear differential, and the control-arm suspension has been significantly altered. The coil-overs can be individually adjusted, and the SLS AMG Black Series sits on 275/35-19 tires up front and 325/30-20 tires in the rear. The same carbon-ceramic brakes available on the SLS GT come standard on the Black.
Take another look and you may notice the black trim on the headlights and taillights, which increase the car’s mean look and match the wheels. Six colors including a matte gray are available in addition to the bright car pictured here. On the other side of Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series picture, an optional Bang & Olufsen 11-speaker sound system produces 1000 watts. Plenty of carbon fiber accents and the red piping on the floormats remind you this is no ordinary Benz.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series ought to have AMG aficionados tripping over themselves to get one of the Stay tuned for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series’ world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, with sales to commence next summer, expect the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series to sticker somewhere close to the $340,000 mark, excluding taxes, title fees, destination, and the inevitable speeding tickets.