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 |  May 14 2010, 7:03 AM


So how do you go about making something good, better? How about after it’s better, even more better? Well, that’s exactly what Brabus has done with its T65 RS Tuning for the SL65 AMG Black Series. Mercedes-Benz‘ SL65 is good. The AMG Black variant is better. Arguably much better. Now comes Brabus’ package on the Black Series that makes the better, even more better. Perhaps, dare we say it, the best.

We previously reported on the Brabus Vanish, that was a one-off, 800-hp SL65 AMG Black Series. It’s not one-off anymore with Brabus publicly announcing the T65 RS Tuning package for the SL65 AMG Black Series. So for those with the really, really, really deep pockets, Brabus will outfit any SL65 AMG Black Series with 800-hp and give you close to 740 ft-lbs of torque. The sprint to 62 mph takes just 3.6 seconds with top speed of 206 mph on the horizon.

This T65 RS package includes an upgraded twin-turbo system with new exhaust manifolds, turbochargers and four giant intercoolers under the carbon fiber hood. Brabus also tunes a new exhaust system to freely flow all the extra forced induced air.

The interior isn’t left stock either with a nice combination of leather and Alcantara. It’s also nicely outfitted with red stitching and Brabus garnishes. And flat black isn’t the only shade available, Brabus will further customize your SL65 AMG Black Series if you want to any special paint job or customization.

GALLERY: Brabus T65 RS Vanish SL65 AMG Black


Official press release is available after the break.

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 |  Jul 27 2009, 10:26 AM


Mercedes is planning to launch a Black Series version of the E-Class Coupe. News of this bad-ass-Benz comes from 4WheelsNews, citing sources inside the company. We can also report that AMG boss Volker Mornhinweg hinted at such a vehicle over a year ago at the launch of the SL65 AMG Black Series.

The new model would be powered by a version of the AMG 6.2-liter V8 engine making at least 500hp. As with previous Black Series models, like the SL65, the E63 AMG Black Series Coupe would get wider fenders with a wider track for improved cornering capabilities. Also look for a seriously stiff suspension and a significantly lighter curb weight.

There is also the strong possibility that the Black Series variant could get the new dual-clutch transmission that Mercedes is currently developing for the upcoming SLS supercar.

[Source: 4WheelsNews]

 |  May 14 2009, 10:00 AM


If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get truly professional OEM high-quality automotive photography then take a gander at these photos. This massive gallery was posted on AMG’s “Private Lounge” forum, restricted to AMG owners.

Our AMG-owning friends over at Luxury4Play then provided them to us.

Several shots show an impressive rig system used to get those faked high-speed-look photos. This look was popularized in magazines like SuperStreet, although those rigs are far more rudimentary and often require significant photoshopping. The below-mount rig used for the SL65 AMG Black Series photos minimizes the need for Photoshop. It also appears to be made of carbon fiber, keeping the whole system as light as possible and allowing the camera to be mounted a good distance away from the car so that a more scenic photo can be taken.

The photographer isn’t messing around either, using what appears to be a Hasselblad camera.


A second set of shots show some impressive car-to-car action with the SL65 AMG Black Series on the Mas Du Clos circuit in France.

At the end there’s a photo of the whole crew involved in such a photo shoot, which should give you an idea at the kind of expense a company like Mercedes-Benz goes through to get perfect press photos.

We’ve included a full gallery of all the photos below.


GALLERY: SL65 AMG Black Series Photo Shoot


More photos after the jump:

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 |  Mar 30 2009, 3:18 PM


The 2009 SEMA Show is still over half a year away but contrary to popular belief, not every vehicle is assembled in a mad rush at the last minute. Wheel manufacturer iForged has already released details of what its big SEMA project will be and after last year’s 996 to 997 Porsche Turbo conversion, complete with GT3 RS green paint and TechArt goodies, we would expect nothing less than a serious performer.

Company owner Vincent Wong posted on his personal blog that the 2009 SEMA iForged project is a convertible (or roadster) version of the SL65 AMG Black Series. To be more accurate though, the vehicle will actually be an SL65, but will be converted with all the necessary bodywork to resemble the Black Series. But that’s not all.

IForged will also work with JE and Crower to build up the bottom end of the 6.0-liter V12 engine and Artisan Performance will assist with some larger turbos. The final engine output numbers are expected to be in the 1,000hp range.

Fox Marketing is also getting involved in the project, likely taking care of the body modifications. We just hope they can resist the temptation to paint the SL bright orange.