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 |  Oct 16 2010, 8:14 AM

The formula to making any awesome car even more awesome? Change the entire exterior to a matte-black finish. Mercedes-Benz did just that to an SLS AMG, introducing the Night Black shade to the Australian market at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show. Toss in some racy red accents and you’ve got yourself a serious looking car straight from the factory.

We could have done without the red grille highlights and hood vents, but we do love the red calipers, subtle carbon fiber spoiler and a slight performance increase included in the optional Performance Package Plus. No actual numbers were disclosed, but we think we’re safe to assume it’s nothing drastic considering the SLS AMG already throws down 571-hp from the factory.

It’s no doubt that Mercedes-Benz is really leveraging the SLS AMG as their flagship sports car. By appealing to a various number of markets with subtle enhancements to the SLS AMG, we’d be surprised if the vehicle doesn’t become more successful than it already is.

GALLERY: Night Black Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

 |  Aug 25 2010, 8:48 PM

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Not to be outdone by Hamann and their SLS AMG tuning kit, famed Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus has unleashed their rendition and we’re picking our favorite: Brabus. And while there isn’t any sort of real performance tuning being done (just yet), we’re still favoring the mild aesthetic upgrades over Hamann’s version. Or maybe we just find the sleek black more fitting to the SLS AMG’s sexy lines.

And as we all know, Brabus does some serious testing on their products prior to releasing them out on the market. Their body kit for the SLS AMG is no different, getting thorough runs through the wind tunnel prior to getting the stamp of approval. And with a car as high-profile as Mercedes-Benz’s SLS AMG, we’d expect actual aerodynamic improvements from Brabus. So up front is a carbon fiber front spoiler, new front fenders, covers for the upper air inlets and a subtle rear spoiler. The fenders feature illuminated letters that is pretty sleek.

For wheels, we’re actually digging the Monoblock F Platinum Edition mesh-design wheels they put on their demo car. Brabus states that they’re available in 20- or 21-inch variety. The demo car features a staggered 20/21 front/rear setup. Brabus is also offering suspension upgrades to either lower the vehicle 40 mm or raise it by 50 mm.

And for those that are looking for some performance, Brabus did release a titanium sport exhaust system for the SLS AMG. There’s no horsepower figures, but we’re guessing it’s significantly lighter than the factory unit with Brabus’ weighing in at a scant 26 lbs.

Official press release available after the break.

GALLERY: Brabus Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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