Mercedes-Benz’s in house tuning outfit AMG took the sheet off of its latest creation today, the SLS AMG Black Series.
Under the hood lives the same 6.3-liter V8 that powers the regular SLS, which in this case makes 622 hp and 468 lb-ft or torque. That’s a jump of about 40 hp and a loss of about 10 lb-ft of torque, though it is still the most powerful combustion engine car in AMG’s lineup. The power is delivered through a DCT seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Black Series treatment also means the car loses about 150 lbs., thanks in part to the extensive use of carbon fiber in some chassis parts, and even in the interior. A titanium exhaust system as well as a new lithium-ion starter battery also contribute to the SLS’s diet. When it all comes together, the SLS AMG Black Series will make the sprint to 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
A large fixed carbon-fiber wing is optional for the rear of the car, though a small spoiler which raises up at 75 mph is standard. The wing along with the wide body kit increase the down force, while also increasing drag, which is represented by a loss of 1 mph in top speed, but should also deliver the car better handling on the track. Carbon ceramic brakes come as standard equipment as well, improving braking performance and saving weight.
On the inside, Mercedes has removed the COMAND infotainment setup in an effort to save weight, as well as replacing much of the dash with carbon fiber. The steering wheel gets a Alcantara rap, and the whole cabin is fitted with red contrasting stitching to signify that this is indeed a Black Series car.
Watch for the car to makes its official debut at the L.A. Auto Show in two weeks time.