By Tony West
Mercedes-Benz demonstrates a perfect union of performance and style in its design of the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series. November 2012 Mercedes-Benz announced the release of a special edition MYSLS AMG Black Series coupe, an homage to the SLS AMG GT3 Race car. Set for sale in summer 2013, the SLS AMG Black is a warrior on wheels-with a sexy design of lightweight construction for an unparalleled driving experience.
“The new SLS AMG Black Series is a perfect study in the one-hundred percent transfer of technology of engineers from motorsports to road,” says Ola Kӓllengius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. Those with a flair for speed should consider owning this collector’s item from Mercedes. Race inspired, the look of the SLS AMG Black consists of flared fenders, tinted headlamps, rear side skirts, and enlarged air intakes. The SLS AMG also utilizes CFRC (carbon fiber reinforcement plastic) in the hood, rear panel behind the seats, and the torque tube helping the SLS AMG drop a significant amount of weight. CFRP components replace a number of parts of the aluminum spaceframe, while a lithium-ion battery saves the SLS AMG another 17lbs. Carbon Fiber decorates the exterior front spitters, side spitters, stills, rear skirt, and side mirrors. All that along with 19” alloy wheels-10 spoke, painted in matte black paint make for super slick swag. Guys will love it because the outside is macho and sleek, but the inside is sexy and sporty.
For the interior design of the SLS AMG Black , buyers can chose from black designo leather with Black Alcantara or black designo leather with black and red Alcantara. Alcantara features on the dashboard, door panels, and center section along with the embossed AMG logo and piping give the inside of the AMG a swanky race car look.
Buyers can chose to have a multimedia system or it can be replaced with carbon fiber covering the center console at the AMG Drive Unit. This further reduces the weight. The 2014 SLS AMG Black also has an 11-Speaker 5.1 Bang & Olufsen sound system. Illuminated 50-watt tweeters on the dash and a 250-watt subwoofer integrated in the rear shelf give the sound system an extra touch of sophisticated flair.
The performance of the AMG takes the GT to a whole new level. The 6.3 liter V8 engine delivers an amazing 622hp and 468lb ft of torque for a top speed of 196mph! Modified engine components, speed sensitive power steering along with a DCT 7-speed sports transmission take the SLS AMG from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.
Not only does the SLS AMG have high performance 2-piece ceramic brakes, but the Carbon Aerodynamics Package and carbon fiber throughout all enhance the Lightweight Performance Strategy. The Lightweight Performance Strategy allows for the SLS AMG to achieve a curb weight of 3,417 lbs and a power /weight ratio of 5.49lb/hp.
UPDATE: The 2014 Mercedes-Benz MY SLS AMG Black is on sale now for $275,000.